As the online meme rightfully says, we have to charge our phones so often during the day they may as well be an old-school landline with a cord. So, it may seem harmless to pick up a cheap and uncertified charger or power product from your local discount store or retail chain.
Many tech users don’t realise that every time you plug your phone or device in to an uncertified charger, or power up an uncertified power product, you could be taking your life into your hands.
Don’t believe us? Trigger warning for what lies ahead.
Take the Sydney woman, for example, who died after being electrocuted by an uncertified USB charger she had bought at a cheap goods stall. What about the baby in Kazakhstan who was electrocuted by her mother’s cheap phone charger with exposed wiring?
There’s also the Brazilian student who was killed by a “huge electric charge” as she charged her phone while using it. It was said that her “headphones melted in her ears”. A Chinese woman answered her ringing smartphone while it was plugged into a charger with faulty wiring - and was killed by an electric shock. Her Apple brand smartphone was cleared as the cause of her death, and instead the brand itself did testing to establish it was indeed a “knockoff” uncertified phone charger that was to blame.
But it’s not just the users of cheap power products in danger. Businesses selling uncertified and hazardous power products also face hefty fines and serious legal ramifications.
On top of the obvious physical risks, uncertified power products also pose the risk of arriving to you faulty, having sub par performance quality, breaking down easily and quickly, featuring cheap cables that twist and break easily, and generally not coming with a returns policy.
At EFM, our power products range are all fully certified, safe and quality tested. Whether it’s an EFM wireless charger, charge and sync cable, charge hub or totem, power bank, car charger or wall charger, you can rest assured that you are not only using a power product certified to Australian safety standards and crafted from industry-leading, top quality materials, but that you are safe from the aforementioned dangers cheaper options pose.
Select EFM products even go a step further than their Aussie certified status, by boasting Apple MFi approval (EFM charging cables, totems and hubs), while our exciting new wireless charger is Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified.
Each EFM product purchase also includes a free replacement warranty, for additional assurance.
Protect yourself and your family by opting for a certified power product that will give you optimal performance quality - and peace of mind - for the long haul.