Universal Travel Charger Adapter Plug with USB Port - £0.99 at 99p Stores
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Universal Travel Charger Adapter Plug with USB Port - £0.99 at 99p Stores

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LocalFound 25th Jul 2012
Saw this Universal Travel Charger Plug with USB Port ( this USB port can be used for charging any compatible device up to about 1 amp output) in the Luton 99p stores. The adapter can simultaneously be used through the sockets and USB. Perhaps a useful item to have for those about to go travelling - both in the U.K. and elsewhere in the world??
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So is this 2 pin?
Brilliant price. I have seen things like this for £20 in shops in Heathrow.
dwattsy21

So is this 2 pin?


"for those about to go travelling - both in the U.K. and elsewhere in the world"
Implies 3 pin
good deal need to get one tomo x
Would you plug your £400 ipad into this?
antenna

Would you plug your £400 ipad into this?


Forgot to also mention - this adapter does also have an integral replaceable cartridge fuse, if that helps you in making a decision on the issue you have raised.
Do you know what the output is? I've foun d these type of universal chargers tend to be only 500mA, most smartphones require about 1000mA, though 500 well charge it willtake s long time.
antenna

Would you plug your £400 ipad into this?


All electrical items need to have passed basic Gov electric safety checks shurely?
Have one of these - they heat up quite a bit if you use the USB socket to charge something
Probably got a big need for multi adaptors in Luton...

Unfortunately from what I have seen they don't seem to work. Each only works with themselves don't they?
great deal... will check 99p store tomorrow thks
This won't charge ipads and tablets that won't usually from a computer usb port
They require higher amps
k0sh

All electrical items need to have passed basic Gov electric safety checks … All electrical items need to have passed basic Gov electric safety checks shurely?


Good mentality. Trust the government implicitly to guide and protect us all.
qwerta369

Good mentality. Trust the government implicitly to guide and protect us … Good mentality. Trust the government implicitly to guide and protect us all.



Yeah, sod that - let's leave it to 99p stores!!

Booyakasha
antenna

Would you plug your £400 ipad into this?



No but I have plugged my $900 ipad into a European plyug adaptor I got off eBay. If you are using the original transformer there is no real risk.
antenna

Would you plug your £400 ipad into this?




No . I would be scared to break the adapter.
chineseJohn

Do you know what the output is? I've foun d these type of universal … Do you know what the output is? I've foun d these type of universal chargers tend to be only 500mA, most smartphones require about 1000mA, though 500 well charge it willtake s long time.



from op

Saw this Universal Travel Charger Plug with USB Port ( this USB port can … Saw this Universal Travel Charger Plug with USB Port ( this USB port can be used for charging any compatible device up to about 1 amp output)



wiki

PowerThe USB 1.x and 2.0 specifications provide a 5 V supply on a single … PowerThe USB 1.x and 2.0 specifications provide a 5 V supply on a single wire from which connected USB devices may draw power. The specification provides for no more than 5.25 V and no less than 4.75 V (5 V±5%) between the positive and negative bus power lines. For USB 3.0, the voltage supplied by low-powered hub ports is 4.45–5.25 V.[40]A unit load is defined as 100 mA in USB 2.0, and 150 mA in USB 3.0. A device may draw a maximum of 5 unit loads (500 mA) from a port in USB 2.0; 6 (900 mA) in USB 3.0. There are two types of devices: low-power and high-power. A low-power device draws at most 1 unit load, with minimum operating voltage of 4.4 V in USB 2.0, and 4 V in USB 3.0. A high-power device draws at most the maximum number of unit loads permitted by the standard. Every device functions initially as low-power but the device may request high-power and will get it if the power is available on the providing bus.[41]Some devices, such as high-speed external disk drives, require more than 500 mA of current[42] and therefore may have power issues if powered from just one USB 2.0 port: erratic function, failure to function, or overloading/damaging the port. Such devices may come with an external power source or a Y-shaped cable that has two USB connectors (one for power+data, the other for power only) to be plugged into a computer. With such a cable, a device can draw power from two USB ports simultaneously.[43]A bus-powered hub initializes itself at 1 unit load and transitions to maximum unit loads after it completes hub configuration. Any device connected to the hub will draw 1 unit load regardless of the current draw of devices connected to other ports of the hub (i.e. one device connected on a four-port hub will draw only 1 unit load despite the fact that more unit loads are being supplied to the hub).[41]A self-powered hub will supply maximum supported unit loads to any device connected to it. In addition, the VBUS will present 1 unit load upstream for communication if parts of the Hub are powered down.[clarification needed][41]


Edited by: "dontasciime" 25th Jul 2012
jak19

Have one of these - they heat up quite a bit if you use the USB socket to … Have one of these - they heat up quite a bit if you use the USB socket to charge something



I find that a bit worrying, suggests it uses an old fashioned transformer or some other similar archaic technology. Is it fairly heavy, or very light?
There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making their way into the UK at the moment.
When buying anything, have a look for references to BS1363 and CE logos.
Whilst I don't doubt 99p stores have made the appropriate checks, you wouldn't want a 99p bargain causing a fire....?
thanks OP
I wouldn't trust it, it looks angry...
plunet

There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making … There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making their way into the UK at the moment.When buying anything, have a look for references to BS1363 and CE logos.Whilst I don't doubt 99p stores have made the appropriate checks, you wouldn't want a 99p bargain causing a fire....?



Yes better to spend £20 on something to cause a fire
Nice one
antenna

Would you plug your £400 ipad into this?

plunet

There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making … There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making their way into the UK at the moment.When buying anything, have a look for references to BS1363 and CE logos.Whilst I don't doubt 99p stores have made the appropriate checks, you wouldn't want a 99p bargain causing a fire....?


There are standards they have to meet to be legal, but no government or independent tests to check they actually do comply for simple electrical items as far as I'm aware.


I'm pretty sure CE is "self certification" though, just a promise from the manufacturer that they have manufactured and tested the product in accordance with right standards/legislation. So it doesn't really mean that much. Worse, I think everything electrical imported into the UK/EU must have a CE mark to be legal, so considering anyone could stick a CE mark on something without even bothering to do any testing at all, it's not surprising that stuff is often seized by customs that has a CE mark but absolutely doesn't comply at all. There's lots of examples here: ec.europa.eu/con…cfm (looking at the pictures and descriptions basically everything seized has CE and often other safety marks).
Will this work as a travel adapter in Australia?
Ashburnham1

Forgot to also mention - this adapter does also have an integral … Forgot to also mention - this adapter does also have an integral replaceable cartridge fuse, if that helps you in making a decision on the issue you have raised.


A fuse won't stop a fault from shoving 230 volts into the iPad.
nick1austin

A fuse won't stop a fault from shoving 230 volts into the iPad.



Or the idiot that bought the Ipad in the first place...........
smicer07

Will this work as a travel adapter in Australia?



No - it would be upside down.
SHOWMAN36

No - it would be upside down.




Are the women the same?
For goodness sake, this is a Travel Adapter. That means it allows an appliance with a UK plug to be used in foreign sockets.

It doesn't provide any form of electrical protection other then (as mentioned) a fuse. You should always take, and use, a surge protector to ensure your equipment is protected.

Anyone who has travelled beyond the UK and knows something about electrical supplies will tell you that we have in this country probably got the best electrical standards then anywhere else in the world. This ADAPTER will have to meet our electrical standards to be sold in this country and I'm sure that 99p shop would have checked that.

In answer to the question whether this can be used in Australia. The poster has stated that the adapter is UNIVERSAL. If it can't be used in Australia then it ain't universal. Anyway you'd have to go to the shop to buy it and you could check that at the time.
rohanch

There are standards they have to meet to be legal, but no government or … There are standards they have to meet to be legal, but no government or independent tests to check they actually do comply for simple electrical items as far as I'm aware.I'm pretty sure CE is "self certification" though, just a promise from the manufacturer that they have manufactured and tested the product in accordance with right standards/legislation. So it doesn't really mean that much. Worse, I think everything electrical imported into the UK/EU must have a CE mark to be legal, so considering anyone could stick a CE mark on something without even bothering to do any testing at all, it's not surprising that stuff is often seized by customs that has a CE mark but absolutely doesn't comply at all. There's lots of examples here: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/dyna/rapex/rapex_archives_en.cfm (looking at the pictures and descriptions basically everything seized has CE and often other safety marks).

That's an excellent website. I fully agree with your thoughts on CE marking. Abuses will normally only ever be investigated though complaints. Generally this means somebody will have fallen foul of the products safety before anything will be done.
jak19

Have one of these - they heat up quite a bit if you use the USB socket … Have one of these - they heat up quite a bit if you use the USB socket to charge something

plunet

There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making … There are increasing problems with inappropriate electrical goods making their way into the UK at the moment.When buying anything, have a look for references to BS1363 and CE logos.Whilst I don't doubt 99p stores have made the appropriate checks, you wouldn't want a 99p bargain causing a fire....?



Old fashioned electronics equipment is frequently the best. The best PC power supplies are the heaviest.



Anyone can print "CE" on their own goods - I wouldn't trust those symbols that much.
I got one of these for travels in South east Asia. It's a good price but the quality is pretty guff (what you'd expect I suppose).
SchubertsGhost

Old fashioned electronics equipment is frequently the best. The best PC … Old fashioned electronics equipment is frequently the best. The best PC power supplies are the heaviest.Anyone can print "CE" on their own goods - I wouldn't trust those symbols that much.



This, a lot Chinese making fake goods use the CE logo but with the letters slightly closer together t than they should be to stand for China Export.
parpirate

This, a lot Chinese making fake goods use the CE logo but with the … This, a lot Chinese making fake goods use the CE logo but with the letters slightly closer together t than they should be to stand for China Export.



Rumour has it that new guidelines by the Chinese goverment mean that most Chinese goods have to be stamped - C.R.A.P before export.
Edited by: "SHOWMAN36" 26th Jul 2012
CE marking, like any similar approvals, only addresses safety - as in prevention of shock and emc emissions.
It will do nothing to address a faulty design or cheap components that may destroy your valuable equipment.
If these type of things worry you then, buy a branded product.
If this can put out 1amp, then it should work well powering a Raspberry Pi as a cheap alternative.
xeroc

If this can put out 1amp, then it should work well powering a Raspberry … If this can put out 1amp, then it should work well powering a Raspberry Pi as a cheap alternative.



Yes
smicer07

Will this work as a travel adapter in Australia?


Manufacturers spec:

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