Archive for December 31st, 2014

Pilot InstaBoost: Product Cheapnification in Full Effect

After rebuilding the battery clamps on the Pilot Instaboost jump starter, something on the back of the package caught my eye:

Pilot InstaBoost - clamp picture

Pilot InstaBoost – clamp picture

The un-modified joint on the as-delivered clamp has a plastic stud and nothing through the spring:

Battery Clamp - original joint

Battery Clamp – original joint

Compare the first picture with our modifications:

Battery Clamp - improved joint

Battery Clamp – improved joint

Looks like Pilot applied some cost reduction between taking the picture and shipping what we have now.

I bet they cheapnified something else, too. Something that cost them a lot more and the absence of which can’t be verified by most consumers…