Fujitsu warn me against unofficial laptop chargers - are they safe?

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Found 2nd Mar 2010
Firstly I wasn't sure whether to post this is misc or deal requests. My laptop charger has packed in. The laptop is a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo V5535 which I bought 12 months ago from Viking Direct.

I was one of the many on here who were given a special deal on the laptop by Viking after missing out on the mispriced laptop on Christmas day 2008 if anyone remembers the deal.

The wires inside the core of the cable coming out of the power unit of the charger have broken. For a few weeks it was working if I bent the cable back on itself but it has now stopped working altogether.

Surpirse surprise Fujitsu tell me this kind of fault isn't not covered under warranty.

I've seen some replacements on eBay for as little as £6.99. I mentioned this to the fella and he warned against buying a third party charger claiming they have a tendancy to blow the motherboard. He told me his company sold replacement chargers for just £5 more which seemed very reasonable but when i was put though to the parts dept i was quoted a staggering £47............no way!!

I would just like to know are the cheap ones sold on auction sites any good and are they safe? What's the difference between a £6.99 eBay one, a £16 - £20 Amazon Marketplace one and the official mega rip off £47 one?

Also has anyone got any links to places I could get a good bargain on one?

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you will never find a company that will endorse a third party replacement as 1) they dont make anything from it, 2) they have no idea of the quality 3) they have no idea whether it will actually work or how long for 4) most importantly they have no ideas if it will do some damage.

I'd say better be safe then sorry, unless your not too bothered if the laptop does happen to die. As if they have said dont use it and you do and then it breaks your laptop your warranty will also be void.

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whatsThePoint;8001463

On the cheap one fujitsu aren't making any profit



You mean the £6.99 one? I don't think that's a Fujitsu one, it's just an unbranded one.

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whatsThePoint;8001661

thats what i mean, why would they endorse something that doesn't make … thats what i mean, why would they endorse something that doesn't make them any money, i've used unbranded chargers for various things and never had a problemAt the end of the day the fujitsu one will of most likely been made in china, same place as the unbranded one and wouldn't surprize me if they were both made in the same factoryIts the same with car manufactures saying you must use their parts or you car may stop working, i've never had an unbranded oil filter fail either



Cheers I'll go for the eBay one then.

I notice on the auction it says:

"Please make sure the DC Output & Connector Size are matching your original Adapter before you bid"

I've checked the DC and they both match. The connectors look similar (except mine's an "L" shaped one and the one in the auction is straight) but how can I be certain the connector will definately fit?

Here's the auction number if it helps: 270431281531

http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/770/pitstopfire.jpg

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dont buy from some random ebay seller, look into a half decent seller, and maybe someone on amazon

if they are a good seller, the items will be decent too

the amount of things like camera batteries, chargers, laptop chargers that I have bought over the years from non official sources have all been fine, as i buy from a decent seller, not just the cheapest hong kong seller

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whatsThePoint;8004701

the seller has 53k+ feedback so can't see any probs therethere isn't … the seller has 53k+ feedback so can't see any probs therethere isn't going to be many factorys making these so its likely they all come from the same sorce, your so called decent seller will just be making a bigger markup



agree on the feedback, might already be a decent seller

a decent seller will also honour a bit of guarantee, and sometime they might not have the ones made on a friday afternoon when the factory is half drunk...

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Low and behold I turned BBC Breakfast News on this morning and there was a bloke on from a show called Fake Britain talking about the dangers off third party chargers.

He was telling the story off a 7 year old boy who was killed after plugging in his mum's dodgy market stall charger.

He explained that a lot of these chargers are made, as we know, in Chinese factories where they stick on fake kite marks and holograms.

He didn't say what kind of chargers they were but said they were often hardwired without fuses so I'm guessing these were mobile phone chargers, as a laptop charger would obviously use a "figure of 8" or "kettle" power lead which is obviously fused, so presumably safer?

I was speaking to my boss in work, who knows a bit about computers, and he's advised me to go for one off Amazon Marketplace. However I fail to see how an £18 unofficial charger from an Amazon Marketplace seller would be any better than a £7 unofficial charger from an eBay seller. Surely they're both the same thing?

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Taksim_Red;8011204

Low and behold I turned BBC Breakfast News on this morning and there was … Low and behold I turned BBC Breakfast News on this morning and there was a bloke on from a show called Fake Britain talking about the dangers off third party chargers.He was telling the story off a 7 year old boy who was killed after plugging in his mum's dodgy market stall charger. He explained that a lot of these chargers are made, as we know, in Chinese factories where they stick on fake kite marks and holograms.He didn't say what kind of chargers they were but said they were often hardwired without fuses so I'm guessing these were mobile phone chargers, as a laptop charger would obviously use a "figure of 8" or "kettle" power lead which is obviously fused, so presumably safer?I was speaking to my boss in work, who knows a bit about computers, and he's advised me to go for one off Amazon Marketplace. However I fail to see how an £18 unofficial charger from an Amazon Marketplace seller would be any better than a £7 unofficial charger from an eBay seller. Surely they're both the same thing?



the difference is, a market trader can buy any old tat, a decent online seller will have a reputation and will stand by a guarantee
Anyone that would trust Dellboy for anything that requires safety is off their heads.

I wouldn't buy a cheapo laptop charger, it coud

1. Blow up the laptop
2. Electrocute you
3. Burn the house down.

Is it really worth it, i got a genuine Sony one for £25 with Sony quoting over £100. Pay a little bit more in the knowledge that you are safe.

Usually works fine but if your unlucky you could burn out your laptop.

I usually find the cheap chargers make a slight humming noise when plugged in.

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jubbyme;8011600

the difference is, a market trader can buy any old tat, a decent online … the difference is, a market trader can buy any old tat, a decent online seller will have a reputation and will stand by a guaranteeAnyone that would trust Dellboy for anything that requires safety is off their heads.



what a load of rubbish, market traders have to abide by the same rules as everyone else. A decent market trader will have a reputation too and will stand by guarantees

OP if its this one you are looking at 250465257115 I've had one before from him and it was fine (same model). Having said that he has more negs now then when I bought it, although most are for non delivery rather than faulty chargers

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colinsunderland;8012147

what a load of rubbish, market traders have to abide by the same rules as … what a load of rubbish, market traders have to abide by the same rules as everyone else. A decent market trader will have a reputation too and will stand by guaranteesOP if its this one you are looking at 250465257115 I've had one before from him and it was fine (same model). Having said that he has more negs now then when I bought it, although most are for non delivery rather than faulty chargers



All very well if they are going to be there at their stall each week, plenty of fly by nights as there are on ebay, my point being, look for a seller with reputation, and the products will follow that
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