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Public warned of faulty mobile phone chargers
In tests on 15 cheap, unbranded replacement mobile phone chargers, 14 failed UK safety
standards and posed a risk of fire or electric shock.
Mobile phone users are being warned not to buy unbranded and unmarked replacement
chargers over the internet, or from shops or market stalls following the Government-funded
tests on a sample, mostly originating from China.
The faults identified included unsuitable electrical insulation and inadequately
sized pins, some of which were too thick and risked overheating or arching within
the socket, which can cause fire or electric shock. In addition, some of the faulty
chargers were poorly constructed, with their internal connections and casings not
securely held in position, posing a further risk of fire or shock.
Lambeth Council Trading Standards and the Electrical Safety Council carried out the
tests on eight main brand chargers and the 15 unbranded devices. None cost more than
£7 each and they were found online or in shops and markets in south London. All the
main brand chargers met the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
Consumers are being encouraged to buy only properly packaged replacement chargers
marked with the manufacturer’s brand and batch number, which also provide instructions
and the manufacturer’s or importer’s address.