In a startling find, a new study has discovered that almost all fake Apple chargers available in the market have been pegged as hazardous for they fail the most basic safety tests.
A consumer protection body from the UK Chartered Trading Standards Institute conducted a series of tests on 400 fake Apple chargers that were purchased online from eight countries including the US, China, and Australia. In order to test the chargers for sufficient insulation, high voltage was passed through the chargers. As it turns out, only three chargers were able to provide sufficient insulation against an electric shock.
While you may save a few bucks by purchasing a second-hand or a counterfeit product, but they may cost you hundreds of thousands if they catch fire and end up burning your room or home or office or even injuring you while you are asleep. The consumer protection body urges consumers to be look out for tell-tale signs of counterfeiting such as mistakes in brand names or logos. Consumers should also check for safety marks such as the CE mark.
Some of the other checks that have been recommended are close scrutiny of the plug pins. Consumers should plug in their charger into a socket, but not to turn the wall outlet on. If the charger doesn’t fit properly and easily, the pins may be the wrong size. Further, another thing that consumers can look for is whether the product comes with warnings and instructions of use, including how to operate the charger safely, basic electric safety guidance, and details of safe disposal or not. If not, chances are that the product is fake.
It is highly advised that consumers should check the credibility and the ratings of the online sellers before purchasing products in order to avoid fake products that can potentially risk their life.