Dodgy phone charger alert

Halstead Gazette: Dodgy phone charger alert Dodgy phone charger alert

TRADING standards officials at County Hall are warning shoppers to be careful when buying chargers for electronic devices.

Cheap, non-authorised chargers for phones, tablets, and laptops are a big problem, the county’s consumer watchdogs say, with one charger in five tested in Essex failing so badly they posed a serious risk.

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7:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

It's all very well to say that one in five are potentially dangerous and to 'be careful'.

What are the tell-tale signs that indicate to Mr and Mrs 'Average Shopper' that they have a sub-standard product in front of them?
It's all very well to say that one in five are potentially dangerous and to 'be careful'. What are the tell-tale signs that indicate to Mr and Mrs 'Average Shopper' that they have a sub-standard product in front of them? OMPITA [Intl]

9:33pm Wed 18 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

OMPITA wrote:
It's all very well to say that one in five are potentially dangerous and to 'be careful'.

What are the tell-tale signs that indicate to Mr and Mrs 'Average Shopper' that they have a sub-standard product in front of them?
well non authorised ones i imagine, its not rocket science.

stick to branded(authorised) stores and avoid market stalls and temporary pop up fone cover shops/stalls who just buy in bulk for pennys from China.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: It's all very well to say that one in five are potentially dangerous and to 'be careful'. What are the tell-tale signs that indicate to Mr and Mrs 'Average Shopper' that they have a sub-standard product in front of them?[/p][/quote]well non authorised ones i imagine, its not rocket science. stick to branded(authorised) stores and avoid market stalls and temporary pop up fone cover shops/stalls who just buy in bulk for pennys from China. DogsMessInLeigh

11:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I bought a supposedly 'Branded Name Item' from a well known outlet.

It was lethal! A fact that only became apparent when it disintegrated whilst being unplugged exposing live mains connections.
I bought a supposedly 'Branded Name Item' from a well known outlet. It was lethal! A fact that only became apparent when it disintegrated whilst being unplugged exposing live mains connections. OMPITA [Intl]

8:19am Thu 19 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

OMPITA wrote:
I bought a supposedly 'Branded Name Item' from a well known outlet. It was lethal! A fact that only became apparent when it disintegrated whilst being unplugged exposing live mains connections.
It might have been a 'snide'......... to be honest it's difficult these days, the global economy has flooded us with fakes and poor quality rubbish from the very countries we have given all our manufacturing jobs away to........ but in general stick to the 'brands' and buy from outlets where you have redress if things go wrong........ it's all you can do in this rip off world !
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: I bought a supposedly 'Branded Name Item' from a well known outlet. It was lethal! A fact that only became apparent when it disintegrated whilst being unplugged exposing live mains connections.[/p][/quote]It might have been a 'snide'......... to be honest it's difficult these days, the global economy has flooded us with fakes and poor quality rubbish from the very countries we have given all our manufacturing jobs away to........ but in general stick to the 'brands' and buy from outlets where you have redress if things go wrong........ it's all you can do in this rip off world ! pembury53

8:23am Thu 19 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Sage advice from DogsMessInLeigh.

It's a shame however that the County Hall Trading Standards Department couldn't have been be a little more direct and positive with their advice.

For example they could so easily have replicated the sort of information published at http://www.spotafake
phone.com/spot-fake-
batteries.cfm

Not every shopper tempted to purchase what they might see as a genuine bargain might automatically consider the issues highlighted on that website.
Sage advice from DogsMessInLeigh. It's a shame however that the County Hall Trading Standards Department couldn't have been be a little more direct and positive with their advice. For example they could so easily have replicated the sort of information published at http://www.spotafake phone.com/spot-fake- batteries.cfm Not every shopper tempted to purchase what they might see as a genuine bargain might automatically consider the issues highlighted on that website. OMPITA [Intl]

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