Reasons to be cheerful

I didn’t set out on writing a blog about waiting for something to arrive – with hindsight I probably should have waited until I had taken delivery of the charger!

Anyway, for those of you who are still reading this blog – there has been an update video posted here by Steorn, which explains the problems they have been having with the products and what they are doing to try to and resolve them.

I have to say it is rather disappointing to see two 9v batteries in the component line up, not so much because of the question mark it raises over whether this might be secretly powering the unit, but more because this will essentially give the charger a shelf life of 5-10 years, with little chance of repair given the potting (filling the unit with goop that dries as hard as rock which seals everything together in one lump).  So in essence the charger could suddenly become a rather expensive paperweight after a relatively short period of time.  Despite this news I won’t be cancelling my order – terminals are being left accessible at the back of the unit so it still might be possible to use in some shape or form if the unit ‘dies’ after the 1 year warranty runs out.

Frank A’s testing continues on his website here and apparently he has organised a Q&A with Steorn which will hopefully clear up some of the questions about the configuration of the ‘test’ Ocube.  Also, another interesting  blog goes into more detailed analysis of the video and general history of Steorn here.

So, the party isn’t over yet – perhaps it’s just started.




  1. Tony Gutierrez · February 15, 2016

    Ha, 2 9v batteries… free energy this is not.


  2. DrKev · February 15, 2016

    1 year warranty? No! I’m pretty sure that in the EU you have two years at an *absolute minimum* and individual countries can make that longer (I believe it is 6 years in Ireland, England, and Wales for example) and any fault in the first 6 months is assumed to have been there at time of sale. If repair or replacement is not possible or reasonable, you then have the right to a refund. I wonder if Steorn have though about that!


    • emso · February 16, 2016

      I think their t&c’s say 1 year, but pretty sure this would be overridden by any legislation in place if this is longer..


  3. ctor · February 16, 2016

    I know you didn’t set out to write a blog about waiting for orbo, but I think its a lucky escape. They shipped 2 proper units, both failed within days of them leaving the manufacturer’s quality control processes. Acland’s is a test unit but that doesn’t work either. So 100% failure over 3 cubes of 2 different configurations within days. And 33% failure rate over the 18 phones. If they can’t even get the basic engineering to last more than a week, why set expectations that the free energy bit will work properly. Your experiment in evaluating whatever gets delivered to you is is definitely an interesting, fun and worthy project that I fully approve – it’s just I’m concerned that the shoddy basic engineering and QA makes it too fragile to test properly, which is convenient for Steorn and inconclusive for everyone else.


  4. emso · February 16, 2016

    it hasn’t been the best launch in history.. I know they did some road testing on the charger in their local pub, but maybe they needed to be more thorough. On the face of it though it seems quite a simple set up – but this might be deceiving. I actually bought an Anker battery booster for my phone on Amazon last year – it failed to take a charge after a couple of weeks so I got in touch with their customer service dept, but they didn’t get back to me so I simply returned it and got my money back..


  5. optiongeek · February 16, 2016

    Or. . .if one has observed their modus operandi over the years, you might have anticipated exactly these types of “manufacturing problems” to arise as intentionally planned delaying tactics. The motivation here isn’t to market a newly developed energy source. It’s to market themselves as a marketing company and demonstrating the kind of hype they can gin up. There is no OCube physics-defying magic battery. There is someone desperately seeking attention.


  6. ctor · February 16, 2016

    Sure, cheaply designed and mass produced chinese imports selling 10 million+ units will have failures. But Steorn have had millions in funding and the world’s eyes on them for Orbo’s launch. They are supposedly a technology company, and real technology companies know how to test their products using test rigs, environmental chambers and repeatable procedures they will destroy products to know where the limits are. Any road testing in the pub is more likely because Shaun had one with him whilst drinking the investors money away.

    I’ll concede the aluminium enclosure is beautifully designed and the presentation box is nice but simply looking at the way the internals have been designed and constructed it is clear minimal effort has been spent inside the cube. Tear any modern electronics device apart from toasters to TVs, battery packs to bread makers none will look as amateurish as the cube internals looks to a design engineer.


  7. Hans · February 24, 2016

    The party is over. Get a refund while Steorn still exists.


  8. Hans · March 5, 2016

    News: Ocubes don’t work, won’t be delivered. Instead, Steorn offers refund or a free Ophone.
    So are you going to test an Ophone instead of an Ocube?


    • emso · March 5, 2016

      Hi Hans I’m going to hold on for the Ocube and offer or a free Ophone..


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