back to article Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

China's legendary counterfeit craftsmen have been quick on the draw and are selling rip-off Apple Watch lookalikes for a fraction of the price, even though Cook & Co haven't shipped any devices as yet. "These guys are specialists," Laurent Le Pen, founder of Shenzhen smartwatch maker Omate, told CNN. "The speed at which they …

Anonymous Coward

Re: Quick on the draw?

It seems like every couple of months Apple start waving flags and invite people to come and look at the iWatch. The 'launch' was just a couple of days ago, but it wont be on sale for another month. This drawn-out process is probably due to feedback from consumers about how many f***s they give about the product.

From Wikipedia:

'In November 2014, Apple Watch was listed by Time as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014.'

Lol. Way to look stupid, Time magazine.

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Re: Quick on the draw?

Time Machine magazine?

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Devil

Re: Quick on the draw?

These existed YEARS ago!

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Boom

Those things are cheap for a reason. Their batteries probably don't have any protection circuitry, or if they do they have probably implemented it so poorly that it doesn't work. I certainly wouldn't want to pay £50 for the "privilege" of strapping a lump of lithium with probably no safety equipment (because that shit's expensive) to my wrist. It would be like the explosive neck collars in The Running Man, only you'll survive to feel the agony of your hand going up in flames.

Try watching the EEVBlog on fake Chinese chargers if you want evidence of how seriously these knockoff makers take electrical safety concerns.

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Re: Boom

This watch might contain a first class (capacity wise) lithium battery with the energy content of ~0.005 kJ.

Not frightening.

A charger has all the destructive energy of a household socket to go boom. That is, at 240Vx20A* /1s over 4kJ.

Frightening.

*The current to actually trip the breaker within 1s.

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Re: Boom

The current to trip a ring main RCBO in 0.1 seconds is around 160A. The curve is vertical at this point. Much more worrying is not a short but a current of around 100A which can take tens of seconds to trip.

I don't buy knockoff chargers, and I prefer anyway to keep them on a socket strip with a real 3A fuse in the circuit.

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That's a shame, some of the Chinese smart watches were looking quite funky and interesting.

Now they're all going to be hideous Apple Watch knock offs.

That's a real backwards step.

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Thanks, I'll stick with my Rolex...

It cost $15 US and my Movoto cost $10 and they have HANDS!

I have a PC laptop and it's fine, too.

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