Compact USB charger (a la iPhone) £1 @ Poundworld
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Compact USB charger (a la iPhone) £1 @ Poundworld

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Found 5th Dec 2013
This is a direct imitation of the classic iPhone* charger - just the 3 pin plug, a USB socket - no bulk, no fuss. Been after some of these for an age. Great super-compact USB wall charger.

1A output, 1 quid. Assume national deal as it's Poundworld but YMMV of course.

Very similar units available at Amazon for 6 quid, 13 quid etc...

amazon.co.uk/Gen…one

amazon.co.uk/-Re…one

* NB: I own no Apple products, so I'm not sure!

Warning: Extremely dangerous low quality charger that can result in electrocution or even death! AVOID!

eevblog.com/for…54/

gethampshire.co.uk/new…653
- btc-uk

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Best to add the retailer in the title so people don't moan.

Hmmm I’d be surprised if that’ll put out an amp.

Still cant complain for a quid.

Original Poster

freakstyler

Hmmm I’d be surprised if that’ll put out an amp.



That's the quoted output on the unit, that's all I can tell you.

Is this one of the cheap chargers thats likely to explode?

Original Poster

Somewhere on the packaging I'm sure it mentioned guaranteed explosions, yes...

It's a quid, it's from Poundworld. I'm sure* they have at least tested them to the point where they're sure they're not going to blow up. I offer you no promise, merely availability information! If my house burns down I'll be sure to expire the thread for you.

* NB I'm not sure.

I havent had one explode but they do get very, VERY HOt while charging and obviously they arent the fastest charging ones either.

Original Poster

Donkii

I havent had one explode but they do get very, VERY HOt while charging … I havent had one explode but they do get very, VERY HOt while charging and obviously they arent the fastest charging ones either.



I've had one plugged in under the desk here for two hours now (charging a Nexus 4) and it's barely warm.

NikLP

I've had one plugged in under the desk here for two hours now (charging a … I've had one plugged in under the desk here for two hours now (charging a Nexus 4) and it's barely warm.



Mine was charging an iPhone and it got like HOT, doesnt stop me using it :).

I think it gets hot if your phone is using the internet while charging

thnaks (: used to pay £2 on ebay for these

Neostar

I think it gets hot if your phone is using the internet while charging


no only if you have the kettle on the boil at the time.

Considering the about of stories I've seen about non-genuine Apple chargers causing electrocution/death in the last few months, personally I think the extra few £ for the genuine article is very worth while.

NikLP

Somewhere on the packaging I'm sure it mentioned guaranteed explosions, … Somewhere on the packaging I'm sure it mentioned guaranteed explosions, yes...


Wahahahahaha!
Sorry Batman - I have a new hero now. (TBH you started losing your appeal when you came over a bit Affleck...)

Fake chinese death chargers. Illegal. Cold.

eevblog.com/for…54/

So you get an expensive smart phone that costs you hundreds and you risk destroying it with a £1 charger ????

btc-uk

Considering the about of stories I've seen about non-genuine Apple … Considering the about of stories I've seen about non-genuine Apple chargers causing electrocution/death in the last few months, personally I think the extra few £ for the genuine article is very worth while.



Yep,at a pound its not a genuine apple charger-probably similar to one in the article:

gethampshire.co.uk/new…653

If there's any kids in your house don't get these. They're very dangerous. Don't get any fake chargers if you live with kids period. Not worth being selfish for a couple of quid and risking someone's life.

Fake chargers ok as long as you don't leave them.
Fake phone chargers are ropey! Ask any fireman.

Not sure about this, using a £1 charger against a expensive smart phone?

They do explode, like all other cheapy chargers, but not violently i.e metal shrapnel amputating limbs. The casing pops open with a bit of smoke Would still use them for a quid.
Edited by: "josephmccowie" 6th Dec 2013

Going_Digital

So you get an expensive smart phone that costs you hundreds and you risk … So you get an expensive smart phone that costs you hundreds and you risk destroying it with a £1 charger ????


The number of smartphones, tablets, and other devices I have that charge by micro USB is ridiculous.
Been using cheap £1-£2 USB mains adaptors for years with no problems. Probably got about 6-8 of them on the go. (Yeah, I could possibly get away with just having one or two, but tbh there's usually at least 2 things charging at any given time and often 4 or 5 and I like to have 3 in the front room and at least 1 in each bedroom...)

Nice. I'll have a look after work.

118luke

Is this one of the cheap chargers thats likely to explode?


Chargers dont explode.
Batteries do :-)

kit325

Not sure about this, using a £1 charger against a expensive smart phone?



I assume you don't use car chargers. They are rude to phones with variable voltage.

Extremely dangerous low quality charger that can result in electrocution or even death! AVOID!

recent incident using fake charger cased electrocution and death of a man :

macrumors.com/201…4s/
Edited by: "Tequila" 6th Dec 2013

"Guns don't kill people... fake Apple chargers do"

Wouldn't trust fake chargers, you buy a ~£500 phone and dump a ~£1 untested charger on it. Shame on those people.

hot

118luke

Is this one of the cheap chargers thats likely to explode?



Unlikely, as you will be able to sue the life out of pound land for any injury. And then they themselves would be prosecuted for selling such goods. This isn't eBay. The rules apply.

Tequila

Extremely dangerous low quality charger that can result in electrocution … Extremely dangerous low quality charger that can result in electrocution or even death! AVOID!recent incident using fake charger cased electrocution and death of a man :http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/27/thai-man-reportedly-electrocuted-after-using-a-charging-iphone-4s/



Don't be an idiot. This is a USB charger, it will have passed the basic ce requirements and therefore perfectly safe.

This charger will probably be rubbish, fall apart and take an age to charge your phone, but it's not dangerous. Do you really think Poundland would take that risk? They're a discount store but they aren't stupid. eBay and Amazon are where the risky, uncertified goods lie.

josephmccowie

This charger will probably be rubbish, fall apart and take an age to … This charger will probably be rubbish, fall apart and take an age to charge your phone, but it's not dangerous. Do you really think Poundland would take that risk? They're a discount store but they aren't stupid. eBay and Amazon are where the risky, uncertified goods lie.



Considering B&Q are asking for call back on a similar product, sure they are stupid (just like B&Q)

diy.com/diy…jsp

I will not risk one of these

gazter

Don't be an idiot. This is a USB charger, it will have passed the basic … Don't be an idiot. This is a USB charger, it will have passed the basic ce requirements and therefore perfectly safe.


No, these chargers have not passed basic CE requirements.

See: gethampshire.co.uk/new…653
The article provided is about these *exact* chargers being sold.

Emerson Newtwork Power is a US company which does not make these products.

Traders are also being warned that selling the chargers in the knowledge that they are unsafe could be hit with a fine of up to £20,000, plus a compensation claim if injury is caused.

Members of the public who have bought one of the chargers are advised to stop using it and obtain a full refund from the supplier, as they are entitled to do.

In order to remove the products from the supply chain, however, those who have bought the chargers are being asked to contact the trading standards team on 01962 833620 or the Citizens Advice Bureau consumer helpline on 08454 040506.


Proof it's the chargers mentioned above: eevblog.com/for…54/

If you really feel your life is only worth £1, that's up to you of course.

Edited by: "btc-uk" 6th Dec 2013

Wow, just a quick look at the link given earlier shows these things are truly a death trap waiting to happen.

There's the chance of it going faulty and putting 230volts down the USB, that won't be a nice thing to happen to your iphone or you should you happen to touch it, let's hope you weren't leaning on the radiator when you go down to grab it.

These things should be made illegal to sell especially with the very obviously faked CE marking.

josephmccowie

This charger will probably be rubbish, fall apart and take an age to … This charger will probably be rubbish, fall apart and take an age to charge your phone, but it's not dangerous. Do you really think Poundland would take that risk? They're a discount store but they aren't stupid. eBay and Amazon are where the risky, uncertified goods lie.


But this is Poundworld not Poundland and a quick read of the teardown show that this thing is incredibly poorly designed with a high chance of the mains voltage getting onto the low voltage USB connector. Many sellers on Ebay sell incredibly unsafe electronics blissfully unaware of what they're selling.

Most people will assume something that's a £1 with CE stamped on it will be safe, curiously enough there are plenty of unscrupulous Chinese suppliers that can make and print whatever you want for a small fee.


Edited by: "spannerzone" 6th Dec 2013

spannerzone

But this is Poundworld not Poundland and a quick read of the teardown … But this is Poundworld not Poundland and a quick read of the teardown show that this thing is incredibly poorly designed with a high chance of the mains voltage getting onto the low voltage USB connector. Many sellers on Ebay sell incredibly unsafe electronics blissfully unaware of what they're selling.Most people will assume something that's a £1 with CE stamped on it will be safe, curiously enough there are plenty of unscrupulous Chinese suppliers that can make and print whatever you want for a small fee.



Put my glasses on and realised it said Poundworld. Not so sure I'd trust Poundworld. They seem to be around the same level as a dodgy eBay store.

There are two subtly different CE marks and one of them is 'China Export'.

So the 5v wire and the mains live wire are just this --- Far apart and its from poundworld.
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Edited by: "lumsdot" 6th Dec 2013
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