iPhone owners are being warned off buying cheap chargers after a massive 99 percent failed a basic safety test.
The bargain chargers can be sold from online suppliers internationally. Here are the things you should know.
Reports say that out of 400 counterfeit Apple chargers purchased from online suppliers around the world, 397 failed a basic safety test, according to safety campaigners.Knock-off cables can be purchased for as little as one pence on auction sites such as eBay. And it's a really a tempting deal, too, with Apple's official leads cost at £19.But the hazardous are widespread - from metal pins being exposed, to live parts and only simple insulation.
Buying Cheap Chargers Can Cause Electric Shocks
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute also warns they can cause users electric shocks.Experts made a test out of 400 fakes and discovered just three of them protected against electric shocks.Trading Standards commissioned the studied further that fake electrical goods purchased online are an "unknown entity".
The Apple lawsuit
Apple's October lawsuit, which targetted Amazon seller Mobile Star, is a move by the tech company to eliminate the trade in fake Apple goods.To support its claim against Mobile Star, more than 100 "Apple" chargers were tested by the Cupertino company and other products purchased from a huge number of Amazon sellers and discovered that whopping of 90 percent of the devices to be fake.
Apple said in its lawsuit that "unlike genuine Apple products, they are not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety and protection testing and are poorly made with inferior or lacking components, flawed design, and also inadequate electrical insulation."Apple stated that "Sadly, we suspect our work is only to skim the surface and we encourage apple users to be mindful when buying electrical products online: be wary of deals that look too good to be true and search for reviews of the seller before making your purchase."