Mobile phones are generally considered an essential in modern life – as are their accessories. In fact, 1.8Million chargers 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. And it might not just be your wallet that gets hurt.
To find out more Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East attended a recent drop-in event, hosted by leading consumer charity, Electrical Safety First. Timed to raise to raise awareness of the dangers of fake chargers in time for Christmas – when high street and digital retailers offer a range of special offers and discounts – the event aimed to advise MPs on how to keep their constituents safe from dangerous phone chargers.
“Christmas is always expensive and we are all keen to get a bargain but Electrical Safety First’s research makes it clear that shoppers must beware of fakes – particularly via the web. The Charity found that 3 out of 5 fake electricals are purchased online, with a third of buyers experiencing major problems with the item. And with almost half of all domestic fires in UK homes caused by electricity, this is a risk you don’t want to take.”
“Fake goods are often cheaper because they omit key components which can affect both the safety and functionality of the product”, explains Robert Jervis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First “So while it may look like a great deal, a counterfeit charger can cost you dear. It really isn’t worth the risk.”
The charity 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.
 60% of adults in Great Britain (Ipsos Mori, Electrical Safety First Annual Consumer Survey April 2016)
 35% of adults had knowingly or by accident bought counterfeit electrical products in the last 12 months (Ibid)
 Electrical Safety First core data set – figures derived from DCLG, 2014