My glue gun started making funny noises yesterday, so I decided to take a peek inside the bugger. Guess what I found! A new low in quality. (see picture).
The label on the device says: 110V-240V 60W. Now that itself is a bit strange, as all of the electronics inside are just a heating element. Nothing else. The heater is connected directly to the mains.
Now here's the real thing: The mains connection is represented here by a thin cable that I wouldn't use even for audiosignals. It's got far less than a mm2 in size, it's thin, easily breakable. And what's best: The isolation of the heater-mains connection inside the device is made of two pieces of monstrosly oversized cloth band, that could fall off and leave the stuff ready for a connection. I mean, isn't there some kind of minimum quality for a product to be released?
Also, the big metal part (the heated part) wasn't grounded.
I quickly thrown away the old cable, replaced with one worthy of 60W and with a bit of luck the house wont burn down.