99p Phone Chargers are Putting People's Lives at Risk Says London Fire Brigade

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you're an iPhone user you don't want to have to fork out £15 if you ever find yourself in need of a new USB adaptor, so finding one for a quid might seem like an absolute bargain. But London Fire Brigade is telling people to avoid these discount chargers because they're a serious fire risk.

As we've seen before cheap/fake chargers are usually poorly made and have a tendency to overheat. According to fire investigator Andrew Vaughan-Davies there have been a number of near misses with discount chargers over the past few months, and he warns that it's only a matter of time before one of these fires proves fatal.

“Genuine chargers may cost more and you may think you are only paying for the brand name, but you’re actually buying peace of mind because you know the charger is going to be of better quality and specifically designed for your phone. For the sake of saving a few pounds is it worth putting the lives of your family at risk and taking the chance of potentially destroying your home?”

Then again the real thing doesn't always fair so well if you plug something other than an Apple device in. [The Telegraph]