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Study shows over 99% of counterfeit Apple chargers dangerous: watchdog group

It might not be a good idea to save a few bucks on a cheaper charger. (Source: International Configurations, INC)
It might not be a good idea to save a few bucks on a cheaper charger. (Source: International Configurations, INC)
UK watchdog Trading Standards tested 400 counterfeit "Apple" chargers for basic safety violations. Only 3 passed.

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You might want to throw out that cheap charger you bought while on vacation.

A study commissioned by a consumer watchdog group in the UK has found that less than 1% of fake Apple chargers passed a basic safety test. Trading Standards, which aims to improve consumer protections, commissioned a third party to safely perform the study of counterfeit Apple chargers.

The 400 chargers were bought online from shops in 8 countries, including the US. The chargers were subjected to high voltage in order to test for basic insulation. The parts inside the charger should be properly separated with insulation to avoid a spark, which may potentially cause life-threatening injuries or fires. In 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald reported the unfortunate death of a woman from electric shock due to a cheap charger.

A representative of Citizens Advice speaking to the BBC suggested consumers watch out for chargers with cheap-looking markings, plugs that poorly fit into sockets, or misspelled brand names.

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Douglas Black, 2016-12- 2 (Update: 2016-12- 2)
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