The True Cost of a Counterfeit USB chargers

Electrical Safety First is the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. Their aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely.

In this report they explore the reality of how dangerous counterfeit electrical products are including counterfeit USB chargers.

“Probably the most popular counterfeit products entering the UK market are mobile telephone chargers, typically with a USB output. Unfortunately, these products were also the most potentially dangerous items tested during the course of this research.”

“London Fire Brigade noted that the number of components contained in the products was also significantly different between the genuine and counterfeit models. A genuine charger would contain over 60 individual components, whilst a counterfeit averaged 25, with some having as few as 19.”

(source: http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/mediafile/100492991/True-Cost-of-a-Counterfeit.pdf)

 

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