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Chinese instructions

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday October 23, 2007 )

Rather off topic, but mildly amusing and I thought it worth a mention. I always love reading instructions that accompany Chinese-made technology products. Case in point, the guidelines that came with a notebook battery I received today.

Sometimes the safety instructions provided with electronic products really make me wonder what the Chinese think of we Westerners as consumers. As for those that came with my battery, I can understand the “duh” type warnings about purposely causing the battery to short circuit, throwing it into a fire, keeping it out of reach of children, but this warning was beyond “duh” and into “you’re kidding”:

“Never hammer a nail into a battery pack. Never hit a hammer on a battery pack.”

I can just imagine the guy who put together these instructions.. “let’s see if anyone actually reads these things” or “hmm, given recent events, maybe they *are* stupid enough to try and hammer a nail into battery; I better add that in”.

Bless them all :)

Back to installing my battery; now, where’s my chisel…


2 comments for Chinese instructions
  1. Yes we regularly hammer nails into our battery packs :p

    Thats the Chinese English for you, i recently re-wrote an instruction for an exercise machine that had Chinese instruction, quite absurd use of text it was this:

    ‘Smoking at using Fit Massage or Exercise is not recommended’

    amongst many others :)

    Comment by Teesweb Limited — November 6, 2007 @ 5:16 am

  2. hahaha – personally, I’ll warmly welcome our new masters, but it might take me a while to language pick up speaking them to yes.

    Comment by Michael Bloch — November 7, 2007 @ 2:59 am

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