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Sometimes necessary but adds to the cost of the product itself..

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Sometimes necessary but adds to the cost of the product itself..
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The whole thing with SDXC cards and the constraint that OS's and devices can only accept and be able to format in a proprietary FS type such as exFAT (which is proprietary, patented and charges royalties), is quite a dirty move from the same company that just bought GitHub.

Given that the memory cards are just storage space (some bigger than others, a user should not be restricted in the FS types available, based on non-technical constraints (i.e. lobbies between standardization bodies and major software vendors).

Place it on a "non-compliant" chinese device and you can format a SDXC in FAT32 without any worries (btw FAT32 supports up to 2 TB volumes).
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While it was a curious event to see a Macbook charger inside a chinese soldering station, it turned out (no surprise there given the cost and origin of the device) that some things had to be improved for the sake of safety and reliability. As such it was time to get my hands on my old soldering station and use it for some changes: first, the fact that the power supply is doubly enclosed (first by the Apple plastic casing, and secondly by the metal case of the soldering station) makes it difficult for the heat to radiate away from the source, no to mention any convection cooling that would be interesting to take advantage of. As such the plastic case was removed, so that the bear circuit could be mounted directly in the metal case. Second aspect - chassing and soldering tip earth ground: originally the Macbook power supply earth pin was simply left disconnected, and the soldering station chassis was left floating (disconnected from any ground reference). That had to be fixed, so I took care of ensuring that the soldering tip, the chassis and the power supply are properly connected to mains earth. Last change, proper insulation of mains wiring and wires with the proper cross section in the 24 Volts going to the heating element. Moral of the story: if you are buying some really cheap mains connected thing from China, don't forget to factor in the extra effort of having to improve it to meet western safety assumptions.
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Can't say I'm not surprised with this concept of making a low cost product that is based on widely available (premium) scrap parts. This shows that China can be inventive in its own little way:
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