Experts have warned Apple customers not to buy the fake Apple chargers after they failed to pass basic safety test. They explained that consumers risk suffering from fatal injuries due to the chargers.
The checks were commissioned by Trading Standards which said that the status of the counterfeit electrical items purchased online was not defined.
The report is being released at a time when Apple complained of numerous products “flooding” Amazon.
In October this year, Apple said that it would sue a third-party vendor who was selling power adapters in the pretense that they are from the company.
In order to conduct the Trading Standards tests, the safety specialists UL applied a high voltage to the chargers, which were bought online from eight different countries. Among the countries included in the experiment are Australia, China and US. The testing was being done to measure how effectively they are insulated.
Threat to your life
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, Leon Livermore, said that shoppers should purchase electrical goods only from trusted suppliers.
This may be a little bit costly but lasts longer than the second-hand goods. In addition, you are guaranteed of safety in your home.
In a different operation, 3,019 electrical goods were placed on test, 15% of which were non-compliant.
The sources of most of these unsafe goods include second-hand shops, antique dealers and charity shops.
How to notice fake Apple chargers
- Check out manufacturer’s markings such as the logo or brand name, batch number and model. Carefully go through the CE safety mark but take note that this can also be forged.
- Notice how the charger fits on your switch. If it appears to be loose or too tight, then it may be of the wrong size. There should be at least 9.5mm (0.3in) between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger.
- Read the warnings and instructions. These should explain to you conditions and limitations of use as well as how to safely operate the charger.