Re: Chinese electric charcoal thing update
I just hooked one up without shisha in the bowl to see about this 'electric taste' some have mentioned.
This was a new one, right out of the box.
I left it plugged in for 10-15 mins to burn off any grease left in the mechanism from manufacturing (similar to plugging in a brand new soldering iron).
I took a pull on the hookah, and am pleased to report no taste whatsoever - just warm air.