London Fire Brigade

Wandsworth - counterfeit iPhone charger exploded

12 September 2014

A woman was taken to hospital after her iFake charger exploded while she was on the phone last night.

The Brigade is warning people about the dangers of counterfeit Apple iPhone chargers and say people who use these dodgy devices could be risking electrocution, burns or even a serious house fire.

Firefighters were called to the house on Neville Gill Close in Wandsworth at one minute past midnight. A woman was charging her phone and using it at the time when the explosion happened. Thankfully there was no fire but the woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.

The charger had been bought for £7 off of a local market stall.

Fire investigators have taken the charger to laboratory for examination but the damage is consistent with the failures the Brigade reported on last week.

Fire investigator Andrew Vaughan–Davies said: "A dodgy charger has resulted in a woman being taken to hospital and unless people stop buying iFakes there will be more incidents and it’s only a matter of time before we are called to a fatal fire.

"Genuine chargers may cost more and you may think you are only paying for the brand name, but you’re actually buying peace of mind because you know the charger is going to be of better quality and specifically designed for your phone.

"For the sake of saving a few pounds is it worth putting the lives of your family at risk and taking the chance of potentially destroying your home?"

Real or fake? Can you tell the difference between the two