Risks of fake chargers

MP Derek Thomas recently attended a drop-in event at Westminster hosted by consumer charity, Electrical Safety First, highlighting the dangers of buying and using fake chargers.

Derek said: “Around 1.8 million chargers for mobile phones are bought online each year by people looking for a bargain but while it can be considerably cheaper to buy imported, unofficial chargers, the cost can be much greater in the long run.

“Electrical Safety First’s research makes it clear that shoppers must beware of fakes – particularly via the web as three out of five fake electricals are purchased online.

“Fake goods are often cheaper because they omit key components which can affect both the safety and functionality of the product so while it may look like a great deal, a counterfeit charger can cost you dear. It really isn’t worth the risk.”

Electrical Safety First offers a range of advice on spotting fakes and using phone chargers safely. Visit: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/electrical-items/safe-shopping/ to find out more.