In a test of 400 products, the study found that only three of the total passed the safety test.
Do you use third party chargers for your Apple devices? Have you been warned against? Are you still using it? Well, this new piece of information might change your mind. According to a recent study, 99 percent of these third party chargers fail the safety test.
The United Kingdom’s consumer protection body, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), commissioned the study, which tested 400 chargers purchased online. The shocking bit of this study is that out of these 400 chargers, mere three passed the safety test. And the most common issue found in the rest of the 397 chargers, was insufficient insulation to protect users from electric shock, a problem that could even cause fires.
Leon Livermore, Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, said, “Only buy second-hand electrical goods that have been tested and only buy online electrical goods from trusted suppliers. “It might cost a few pounds more but counterfeit and second-hand goods are an unknown entity that could cost you your home or even your life, or the life of a loved-one.”
Lord Toby Harris, chair of National Trading Standards, said, “Many of us quite rightly assume that everything we buy will be safe, but recent work by our teams show how dangerous electrical goods can easily end up in homes up and down the country.
Therefore, if you already use a counterfeit charger, particularly if you bought it online, be sure to always check that the casings of the product are not damaged, cables are not frayed and ensuring pins fit in sockets easily without excess force.
In line with this study, a month ago, Apple had claimed that 90 percent of accessories for Apple devices like Lightning-to-USB cables and USB power adapters sold online were fake. Apple particular pointed out products on Amazon and Groupon. Eventually, the Cupertino-based tech company filed a lawsuit against US-based Mobile Star LLC, accusing it of selling counterfeit accessories online. “Almost nine out of 10 Apple-branded products the iPhone maker bought on Amazon were fakes,” according to the trademark infringement case reported by Patently Apple.
Apple too believes that these counterfeit products could lead to fires and are, therefore, a risk to the public. ”Consumers, relying on Amazon‘s reputation, have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased from the platform are anything but genuine. Consumers are likewise unaware that the counterfeit Apple products that Amazon sourced from Mobile Star have not been safety certified or properly constructed… and pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock,” the lawsuit read.