I have been a member of choice for some years and find a lot of useful information and campaigns I support. However I am coming to the conclusion that some of your policies are not in my or our ‘war on waste’ ideas.
Heres my experinces :
On Choice advice I picked a portable bluetooth loudspeaker. This work well for a period, around 18 months. then the battery started failing and it needed constant charging. i found a replacement battery for $20 odd on the web and tried to replace it. It turned out to be a major task, I found instructions on the web and that the batteries were soldered in the centre of the speaker. I manage to get the thing apart and replace the batteries, however I think my hours of work doing this damaged the unit because now it does not work at all. So now I am adding it to electronic waste.
Choice reports do not give any information or rating regarding battery replaceability. This would have affected my choice and also saved more unnecessary waste.
The second example was an electric toothbrush, again a recommended product. Outside of warranty and the battery failed. This time I did not waste money on a battery but searched advice on the web about replacement and found again it was practically impossible. More landfill!
Surely if Choices reports included a rating on the replaceability of batteries this would encourage manufacturers not to sell such blatant built in obsolescence .
Question is Choices tests for battery appliances relevant today!