Why using poor quality AC adapters is hazards?

AC adapter are very widely used in every household and are essentials of every electronic system. But, have you ever thought about the side effects of these?

Here is a detailed research report published by Buckinghamshire Trading Standards

Please Find/Download The Detailed PDF HERE


We are trying create awareness about AC adapter quality and why certified only are safe. It’s a sad fact that it usually takes a death or serious injury before a glaring safety matter is properly addressed. Unfortunately, when it gets to that stage, the response is frequently a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction that fails to adequately consider all the issues including the underlying factors that caused the problem in the first place.

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Every day thousands of lives are put at risk in the UK, particularly young lives, whenever any one of the hundreds of thousands of cheap unbranded Chinese made AC/DC adapters is plugged into the mains to charge up a mobile phone, I-pod, or games machine. Fortunately, we in Buckinghamshire Trading Standards do not have a fatality or serious injury to report – but we believe this is probably more luck than anything. We do, however know of numerous near misses – electric shocks and burns, some of which have required medical treatment. Is an inevitable young death just around the corner? Consumers are happy to pay hundreds of pounds for the latest life-style enhancing technology and £20-£40 on games or upgrades, but peanuts, sometimes as little as 99 pence, on the charger.

Amazingly this is old news. We are but one of a long line of Trading Standards Services to have discovered that in this Internet age the market place is flooded with potentially lethal chargers. Traditionally, when a complaint comes in, an investigation is carried out, seizures and recalls instituted with due alacrity, press releases are picked up by the local media and perhaps in the fullness of time, if
the evidence sustains it – a prosecution follows. But the problem does not go away! Each Trading Standards is hindered by the localised nature of their remit and resources.

Of course, during an investigation a RAPEX notification will be posted and other services alerted, but the root cause that there is no one agency with national responsibility for overseeing the safety of consumer goods, electrical or otherwise persists. Enforcement is piece-meal when a coordinated inspection regime is required, on a par with the Food Standards Agency or DEFRA with their responsibility for the safety of the food chain. As a result there is no registration scheme for the multiplicity of importers, wholesalers and retailers of consumer goods.

Such a scheme would include an external audit process to ensure that adequate systems are in place to hopefully minimise the risk that unsafe products become freely available on the UK market. Although this may be considered impracticable in a complex free market economy where a culture of relaxed regulatory controls prevails, we believe the scale and severity of the problem warrant this action.

The starting point for this report was June 2008 when an apparently routine referral from another Trading Standards service came to us. A gaming machine charger had allegedly ‘blown up’, tripping the electrical circuit breaker and leaving a child with blackened fingers, but otherwise not the worse for wear. The distributor of the charger was based in Buckinghamshire and this was where our initial investigation commenced.

What we discovered was a tangled web of distribution, which started some 5000 miles away in China and frequently ended in a child’s bedroom having passed through a number of intermediate handling stages. It seems that numerous small to medium size traders are regularly travelling to and from China, haggling over fractions of a dollar in unit costs and arranging for the mass importation of hundreds of thousands of chargers.

The importation, wholesale and retail distribution network seems to be a well oiled machine spreading these chargers far and wide throughout the UK, but without once being subjected to any semblance of the legal due diligence processes that underpin the free-flow of goods in the European Union. During our investigation, when questioned, traders claimed that they simply relied upon the veracity of the CE mark and made no subsequent checks of their own to ensure that the chargers were safe. Any concept of personal responsibility, let alone liability, for the goods they sold was frequently alien to them.

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