98% of fake iPhone chargers put users at risk of DEATH

If you use an iPhone, you may want to check whether the charger you have is a knock-off.  

A shocking new report has revealed that 98 per cent of fake iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shocks or house fires.

Researchers hope their findings will help raise awareness of the issue and the threat that counterfeits pose to consumers.

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If you use a fake or lookalike iPhone charger, you may want to consider upgrading to the real-deal. A shocking new report has revealed that 98 per cent of fake iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shocks or fire (stock image)

If you use a fake or lookalike iPhone charger, you may want to consider upgrading to the real-deal. A shocking new report has revealed that 98 per cent of fake iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shocks or fire (stock image)

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR IPHONE CHARGER IS 'FAKE' 

The researchers tested a range of fake iPhone chargers, including 50 purchased in the UK.  

They all had incorrect or fraudulent safety markings. Some attempted to copy markings from real iPhone chargers, but included some errors such as spelling mistakes. 

Apple says users to only buy official chargers as these are put through extensive tests.

Advice on Apple's official chargers can be found here.

 

In the study, researchers conducted a series of safety tests on counterfeit and lookalike iPhone chargers, including 50 purchased in the UK.

The findings, published in a report by Electrical Safety First, reveal that almost all (98 per cent) of these chargers had the potential to deliver lethal electric shocks and cause a fire.

Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, said: It is extremely concerning that 49 out of 50 UK chargers we tested failed basic safety checks.

'This report shows that anyone purchasing an iPhone charger from an online marketplace or at an independent discount store is taking a serious risk with their safety.'

The chargers were sourced from a variety of online marketplaces and discount stores and stalls across the UK.

Of those tested, all but one failed one or more of the tests and more than one in three chargers failed every part of the test.

The researchers subjected the chargers to a number of electrical and mechanical tests.

Their results showed that almost half failed an electric strength test; meaning that there is a severe risk of electric shock when using these chargers.

Internal examination showed almost half failed basic safety requirements, with sub-standard internal components or inadequate spacing.

The findings reveal that almost all (98 per cent) of these chargers had the potential to deliver lethal electric shock and cause a fire

The findings reveal that almost all (98 per cent) of these chargers had the potential to deliver lethal electric shock and cause a fire

Sixty-eight per cent of the chargers tested carried a severe risk of electric shock due to lack of

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