If you thought you could save money by buying a cheaper Apple charger for your device, then you should know that you risk damaging your device by using it. A new study has revealed that around 99 percent of all tests fake Apple chargers were deemed dangerous after failing a relatively basic safety test.
The United Kingdom’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute has commissioned a number of tests in order to determine the whether or not fake Apple chargers, which can be bought online for a much cheaper price than the official device.
Researchers from the global safety specialist UL, a company based in the United States, were tasked with performing the safety tests. They applied a basic insulation tests on 400 Apple chargers bought online from eight different countries such as Australia, China, and the US.
The tests consisted of applying a high voltage current through the fake Apple chargers. Researchers discovered that only three chargers were properly insulated. The 397 remaining chargers failed the test and researchers concluded that they pose a danger to your device as well as your home. Despite the relatively cheap price, they don’t recommend in any conditions as they can lead to physical injuries as well.
Overall, it isn’t worth endangering your various devices just to save some money on a charger. As such, it is highly advised for Apple consumers to buy their electrical products, from chargers to dongles and others, only from trusted suppliers which can attest to the quality of their goods.
The increasing number of fake goods which can become a hazard is starting to become a problem, even as more companies are trying to stop their sale. Apple itself discovered in October that around 90 percent of the Apple chargers sold online on Amazon were fake.
If you’re not sure if your charger poses a danger or not, you should know that in most cases it easy to see which chargers are fake. First of all, a very low price compared to the one on the manufacturer’s site is the first sign of being fake. Other signs include slightly different logos and brand names, misspelling or various safety marks which are missing or are different.
Did you ever buy a fake Apple charger?
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