Is this a Calor ripoff?

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  1. keith

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    We left home 6 weeks ago with a Calor light bottle showing around half full, or half empty as some believe it should be. We also have a Gaslow refillable that was filled before we left.

    My reasoning was that the Calor bottle would get us to Portugal (where I know I can get it refilled) and we can use the Gaslow when the Calor runs out.

    OK so far, but I have been amazed how long the Calor bottle has been showing empty (the Calor light has a gauge) but still continues to burn gas.

    Now my point is have Calor set these gauges to show empty when there is still a substantial amount of gas left in the bottle? If so is this a ploy to make people think they are about to run out of gas and exchange the bottle thus giving Calor the gas left in the bottle?
    Which in my case appears to be a bit more than a drop.

    So when you return the bottle for exchange you could be giving away some of your very expensive gas.

    A con trick?
     
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    Nothing about Calor would surprise me but I should think it more likely is that the gauge doesn't read properly. Isn't that the case with most gas gauges?
     
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    As soon as you buy your first replacement for a Calor Light,:Eeek: you know they are rip-off merchants
     
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    When our Calor Cyl is low generally if you shake it about a bit
    you can get another couple of days generally.

    this is I think because its a liquid fill and dispenses as a gas:BigGrin:
     
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    Exactly my point Graham, but have Calor arranged it that way to increase their profits, or seen that by fitting a gauge they can con you?

    That's why I don't exchange Calor bottles Jim. I just think they are being very crafty, as we all know they are.
     
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    No shaking being done as we are parked at Zahora for a few weeks.:BigGrin:
     
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    The gauge is only meant as a rough guide to the contents.

    There is no need to replace the cylinder until the gas actually runs out and Calor then get no free gas.
     
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    Not a 'con' trick..

    as Brian said they are only a guide..

    Whether Calor or any other LPG bottle or system, a pressure gauge cannot show level nor indeed the contents..
     
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    if you add up all the liquid gas returned in cylinders it must add up to quite a bit over a year. of course calor and other cylinder rentals are keen for you to exchange before empty....extra cash in the bank for them. its all about maximising profits

    LPG or liquefied petroleum gas is delivered in a liquid state. in the open air this turns immediately to gas and expands to many times the volume of the liquid form. if you can feel any liquid in a cylinder slopping about when shaken, then you still have a considerable amount of gas.
     
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    I bought one of these when we first started motorhoming ..... seemed like a good idea, but I found it useless.

    They only work while you are actually drawing of gas from the cylinder and then it has to be placed at just the level of gas. You may as well just look for the line of condensation which is very accurate.
     
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    You mean there are actually times when they do work??? :Eeek: My experience having bought one is that they don't work at all :BigGrin:
     
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    Certainly a marketing ploy, Keith. Given the mark-up on gas sold in a Lite bottle (which Calor deny is a mark-up) it certainly seems to me that increasing profits is not last on the list :BigGrin: One reason we had Alugas fitted :BigGrin:
     
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    Calor = Very nearly a monopoly = Vastly over priced.

    Which is why I love filling my Calor Lite bottle myself in the knowledge they aren't getting any of my pennies.

    I have a very, very accurate gauge... aka my gas cooker. When it lights I have gas. When it goes out I haven't.

    Anyone attending the Praia Da Rocha/Algarve Informal Gathering who needs their empty Calor bottles filling and don't fancy doing it themselves... maybe I can help.

    Will have to borrow an adapter thingy but that isn't a problem for Rufty Tufty Offsite Full timers.


    JJ :Cool:
     
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    gauges, no gauges....what the difference.

    If you change a bottle before the gas stops flowing you lose what was left regardless of what any gauges say.
    We all manage very well before gauges so why rely on them now....nowt but a marketing ploy.

    And the Moral....change when it runs out, not when it says its run out.
     
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    Even our Gaslow bottles show red, when we go to cook up they only take around 7 litres.
    The bottle holds 12 litres.
    Wee will have to run out in future to make sure it's empty.
     
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    The whole point of two bottle systems is so you run one out before swapping.

    I meant to say Calor is a rip off not the gauge
     
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    The gauge on my 48 litre underslung goes red when I still have 12 litres :Laughing:
    However I can fill it with the equivalent of 4x6kg calor lites for coppers over £33 at ASDA :thumb:
     
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    I agree, quite useless in practice. :thumbdown:

    Wyn
     
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    when my blue light flashes gas out on my alde control panel there is no usable gas left in the bottle i find it very accurate.
     
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