Cheap/Counterfeit Chargers – What’s the harm?

tangled chargersWhether for your mobile phone, laptop, ipad/pod/phone, tablet, satnav, camera or e-cigarette; I’ll bet you have a variety of chargers at home and, if you’re anything like me, you can never find the one you need when you need it!  So what do we do …. we buy a spare don’t we.  In fact I normally get a spare charger as soon as I buy any new piece of kit – one for home, one for work, one for the car, etc.  We don’t want to spend a fortune on spares so we just get a cheap one from the car boot or from the internet.  There’s no harm in that is there?

Sadly reported incidents and tests over recent years have shown that there may be considerable harm.  Many organisations, including fire colleagues, the Local Government Association, Electrical Safety First and our own National Trading Standards Imports team, have tested and reported that many cheap or counterfeit chargers could be unsafe particularly if they are not used correctly, left unattended whilst charging or are not compatible with your item.CE-Marks_mod

Top Tips

  • Don’t be dazzled by a bargain – buy from reputable traders and look for the CE mark
  • One size does not necessarily ‘fit’ all – ensure the charger is compatible with your item – battery capacities and charging voltages vary according to manufacturer so it’s important to check you are using the correct charger.
  • Stay with me – don’t leave an item unattended for any length of time when charging and always unplug the charger when not in use.

If you have any concerns or have any information to report you can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.

Electrical Safety First Infographic

Local Government Association Nationwide Safety Alert

35,000 Unsafe Phone Chargers Destroyed

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