Dangerous mains chargers 'flooding into UK'Unsafe Chinese imports can electrocute user

23 July 2008

Unsafe mains charger

Thousands of dangerous mobile phone and games console chargers are flooding into the UK from China, trading standards officers (TSOs) have warned.

The unsafe chargers – which are mostly sold online – can overheat or cause electrocution.

They typically cost around £5 – about a third of the cost of genuine mains adapters – and have also been found on sale in shops.

Electrocution

Buckinghamshire trading standards officers have already warned about two specific chargers.

One of them can be identified by the product code DE 62347066, which is marked on an attached black label.

The other charger carries no identifying product code on the silver label and is simply called ‘Travel Charger’. 

Charging games machines

The abbreviation ‘USB’ is also visible on the body of the charger

Both mains adapters were supplied as generic accessories for charging Nintendo DS and DS Lite machines, although they could also be used to charge Gameboy machines. 

If you believe you may have bought one of the adapters or another unsafe charger, contact your local trading standards department for advice.