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