USB Safety

Counterfeit USB chargers can be deadly.
Do you know how to spot a fake USB charger?

USB Safety & Fake USB Chargers

Many of us buy USB chargers online or on the high street simply because they are cheaper! However, many of us don’t realise that these cheap chargers could actually put us at risk of electrical shocks and even fire! Genuine iPhone chargers retail at around £15 but you can pick up a replica for a few pounds but how sure are you that these chargers are genuine and not dangerous? Many replica chargers have less than half the required components to make them safe, but how can you check?


There should be at less 9.5mm between the edge of the pin and the edge of the casing. Otherwise there is a risk of electrical shock when plugging in and unplugging the charger.


Counterfeit plug chargers are usually weaker than required due to metal coated, hollow plastic pins instead of metal. Tap the pins and see how they sound. 


Safety mark, this should be between the bottom pins on the underside of the charger. Check the markings for spelling errors (yes really!), CE marking and also brand names and Logos


A genuine charger should weigh at least 40g, counterfeit chargers contain less of the higher quality components required for safety, hence them weighing less.

USB socket

On counterfeit chargers it is possible that the USB socket is upside down or in a different place. A genuine charger will have a serial number at the back of the USB port too.

Shape & Dimensions

The pins make look or feel different to a genuine charger, they may be larger or smaller and this may affect how they plug into a socket.  It’s also possible for them to be positioned differently.


We are all slaves to our devices; we rely on them, not only socially, but even more so for business. They have become a necessity. This all means if you manage a place of work, a school, an airport, library or train – people will be relying on you to provide safe, easy to access, fast charging. TUFA+C provides all of that and more. TUFA+C can be fitted into any OE Electrics power module making it incredibly simple for you to provide the best solution for you, your clients, and their clients. And where OE Electrics doesn’t have a product that fits your space – we’ll help you design one to suit.

TUF is independently tested to international and EMC standards and EVERY unit is extensively tested throughout the manufacturing process to ensure long term reliability.


We test every pin, in every socket, in every module WITHOUT exception!

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