Wiltshire County Council has been working hard over the past year to seize as many cheap phone chargers as it can. It has managed to take over 2,000 of them off the streets in that time, and officers at the council have also taken the opportunity to warn the public of the dangers these chargers can pose.
There are several points to note that can highlight whether a charger has the potential to be dangerous. For example they rarely have the details of a well-known brand on them. Furthermore the price they are sold for usually highlights the increased chance of them being unfit for purpose. When officers from Wiltshire County Council took and tested 12 chargers they found this year, nine of them (75%) were discovered to be unsafe to use.
These chargers are often sold on the internet at low prices and also on market stalls, so consumers should be particularly wary of buying items from these locations. The safest way to avoid these chargers is only ever to buy properly-branded ones from reputable providers. Wiltshire County Council is determined to keep on looking for and withdrawing any dangerous chargers from sale as soon as they find them.
How dangerous can a cheap phone charger really be?
If you see a phone charger being offered at a cheap price, it might seem as though you have come across a really good deal. However this could be very far from the truth. Cheap chargers are generally made from much cheaper and often more inferior components. This heightens the chance that the charger could spark, malfunction or otherwise create the ideal situation for a fire to occur. In other cases they can damage the items you have bought them to charge in the first place.
Have you been injured by a faulty phone charger?
You would not expect to be injured by a phone charger but some of the cheapest ones do indeed pose a significant risk to the end user. If you have received an injury in the past three years, or had equipment damaged because of a cheap charger, get in touch with AAH now. Our 30-second online test can give you an idea of whether you could launch a no win, no fee* claim against the makers of the charger, with the hope of winning compensation as a result.