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Risks from Counterfeit Phone Chargers

If you bought a mobile phone charger from a vendor other than a trusted third party dealer, the official Apple website or an android smartphone company, then you might have a counterfeit charger.

Risks from Counterfeit Phone Chargers - EMC Tech

Fake chargers at discount rates have become widespread on various, popular online stores including eBay and Amazon. What’s worrisome is that 90% of Apple chargers and cables on Amazon were found to be fake a report on the Telegraph in October, 2016 said.

One reason counterfeit products have been popular is that they are cheaper. But executives at UK’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute said, counterfeit goods could “cost you, your home or even your life, or the life of a loved-one.”

Dangers posed by the bogus products

According to Apple Inc., counterfeit chargers may overheat of the chargers, cause electric shocks and even catch fire.

These risks were affirmed by the London Fire Brigade. They once put out fire from a burning house in Tottenham after an imitation iPhone charger caught fire while in use.

They have since released a report warning of the dangers of counterfeit iPhone chargers.

In addition, the LFB determined that fake chargers were subject to damage and could damage your phone. They could also cause burns or even house fires though electrocution.

Counterfeit plugs or non-sleeved cables and plugs whose metal pins remain exposed are on fake chargers. They may also have live parts, only basic insulation and sometimes two pin plugs attached.

Non-sleeved plugs and cables - EMC Tech

Non-sleeved plugs and cables expose the user to the risk of electric shocks which could cause injuries and even death.

The cables also tend to be of poor quality and easily get damaged.

Measures against counterfeits

Safety campaigners in the UK are working with search engines to crackdown online sellers of fake chargers. Illegitimate social media profiles who were  selling suspicious items online had been removed.

But the consumer remains the most important player in this. You must be vigilant when purchasing electrical products on the internet.

How to spot a counterfeit phone charger?

Authentic Android chargers have the logo of their respective phone company.

Apple’s iPhone charger on the other hand has two parts – a power adapter and a lightning cable. This item may cost about 24 US dollars or north of that from the official Apple Store.

It’s perhaps because of this high price that some consumers are tempted to consider low cost options. Here’s how you can spot a real charger from a fake one.

  1. Weight of the product

genuine iPhone charger - EMC Tech

A genuine iPhone charger will be a bit heavier than its fake cousins, because it has more components. The wall adapter should weigh at least 40g.

  1. Safety mark

The genuine charger has a safety mark on its underside right between the two bottom pins you plug on the wall socket.

safety mark on the charger - EMC Tech

This mark can easily be forged, but there is still a difference: the text on imitations are dark grey as opposed to the light grey on real iPhone chargers.

Also check the CE safety marking, the brand name of the manufacturer, Apple logo, batch number as well as the model number.

  1. User manual

The genuine iPhone charger comes with various essential instructions.


These include information on electrical safety and directions on how to safely use the charger safely. If any of these are missing, then you may be dealing with a fake.

  1. The finish

Look at the pins on the wall adapter. A legitimate charger should have a matt finish, with a consistent colour and a uniform square appearance.

pins on the iPhone wall adapter - EMC Tech

A gloss or shiny finish, and/or irregularities in the size or shape are possible signs of a counterfeit product.

  1. Compliance testing (EMC and Electrical Safety)

When everything else fails to detect a fake charger, there is one accurate way to tell if your charger is not just fake but also dangerous: compliance testing.

In Australia, companies such as EMC Technologies can provide EMC and electrical safety testing services for you on a diverse range of electrical and electronics products including iPhone chargers.

With electrical safety testing and certification from a NATA accredited company such as EMC Technologies, you can rest assured that the product you are using will not only offer value for money but will also be safe to use.



CE Marking RED Directive is coming…

The transition period from the old R&TTE (Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment) Directive to the new RED (Radio Equipment Directive) has almost expired. From June 13 2017 your equipment MUST comply with the new directive and applicable harmonised standards. The problem is that the RED has not yet been fully populated with harmonised standards.

Only 1 month to go! What do you do? Who do you call?

EMC Technologies is a member of various global industry groups including the RED Compliance Association. We will give you the best, expert advice. Please contact us.

Wireless Certification – Why use EMC Technologies?

EMC Technologies is the most experienced wireless testing and  certification company in Australia and New Zealand. We maintain our expertise by investing in state-of-the-art equipment, training, and with membership of key overseas certification associations involved in testing, certification and approvals.

  • Member of FCC Testing and Certification Bodies (TCB)  Council and attends the training  workshops held by the FCC  twice a year.  This ensures that we are up to date in the latest developments in the USA and Canada.
  • Member of the UK EMC Test Labs Association.
  • Member of the former European Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Compliance  Association.
  • Member of the European Radio Equipment Directive (RED) Association.
  • We regularly attend international workshops and conferences in USA, Canada, Japan, Europe

EMC Technologies investment in this field has given it 95% of the wireless certification market. Utilising our experience, up to date training  and resources is you best insurance for a delay-free entry into the large overseas markets. Certification of wireless products is a complex process so why risk the success of your product with a less experienced company.

New EMC Technologies team member, Dr Arun Gayen

EMC Technologies is pleased to announce that Dr Arun Gayen has joined our team as our new Melbourne Safety Laboratory Manager.

Arun has many years of experience working in the compliance industry (formerly with TUV Rheinland Group in Japan and Australia) with a focus on Electrical Product Safety and EMI/EMC. He also brings a wealth of international experience in EMC Design and Consultancy from his previous experiences (PACE-United Kingdom, TATA ELXSI and Flextronics Design in India) plus local knowledge from his time at TUV Australia. Arun has a strong customer service approach.

For any electrical safety enquiries, please contact him on 03 9365 1000 or send a message via the contact form on our website.

NATA accredited Harmonics and Flicker calibration services

An Australian First

 NATA accredited testing to EN/IEC 61000-3-2 and 61000-3-3 (Harmonics and Flicker) and NATA accredited calibration of Harmonics and Flicker test systems

EMC Technologies is pleased to announce that they can now provide NATA accredited testing to Power Quality standards EN/IEC 61000-3-2 and EN/IEC 61000-3-3 including the AS/NZS equivalents.

EMC Technologies can now also provide the internationally accepted ISO 17025 NATA accreditation for the calibration of Harmonics and Flicker (H&F) compliance test systems used to measure H&F in per IEC/EN/AS/NZS 61000-3-2 and 61000-3-3. Accredited calibration of H&F test systems was only previously possible in overseas calibration labs. Shipping of these large and heavy H&F test systems is expensive and fraught with risk. This has always been a major problem for Australian test labs wishing to obtain NATA accreditation for testing to H&F standards. There have also been major inconsistencies in the interpretation of the calibration procedures. Many calibration labs ignored the Power Source of the H&F test system and it was excluded from the calibration. Two new standards (IEC Technical Reports) have been published to standardize the calibration methods;

IEC TR 61000-4-37:2016 Calibration and verification protocol for harmonic emission compliance test systems

IEC TR 61000-4-38:2015 Test, verification and calibration protocol for voltage fluctuation and flicker test systems.

EMC Technologies has the only NATA accredited H&F calibration service in Australia/New Zealand, and is one of the few in the world that meet the new calibration requirements.

Both calibration and testing are also conveniently available on site at customer’s premises.

Compliance with Harmonics and Flicker standards is mandatory for CE Marking and for certification of energy savings products under various energy regulator schemes in Australia and overseas.

For more information on the full range of EMC calibrations contact us using the contact page or go to

Radio and Wireless Testing

EMC Technologies can provide radio and wireless testing and certification services for RCM compliance, CE Marking R&TTE Directive compliance, FCC and IC certification and more for a range of devices incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and other transmitter technologies.

EMR Testing

EMC Technologies is a leading expert on EMR testing, EMR assessment and EMR predictions. We are NATA accredited for various EMR activities including EMR measurements on site and in the lab, preparation of Site Radiation Folders (SRF), SAR testing and RF predictions for OH & S compliance.

RCM Testing

EMC Technologies can provide radio and wireless testing and certification services for RCM compliance, CE Marking R&TTE Directive compliance, FCC and IC certification and more for a range of devices incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and other transmitter technologies. We can provide the mandatory radio and wireless testing, approvals and certification services for major international and local markets such as European CE Marking, USA and Canada FCC and IC certification, Japan MIC, Australian RCM and New Zealand GURL.