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Electrical Alert

Suffolk Trading Standards have recently intercepted a number of electrical items which pose serious risk to members of the public.
The goods were being imported to the UK via the Port of Felixstowe and were picked up by officers during import surveillance monitoring.
The goods which have been identified are:

  • laptop chargers
  • a wireless microphone system
  • manicure lamp

Carol Garrett, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said; ‘Although these particular products were intercepted at the Port of Felixstowe, we know that some are already available in the UK. 
‘Many of these items appear to already be on internet sites and we would advise anyone who has purchased one if these products to stop using it immediately and report it to us so we know where they are.
‘Consumers should always be extra vigilant when shopping online and if you’re in any doubt about the product you’re purchasing, contact your local trading standards.’
The laptop chargers identified in this search were:

  • Universal laptop charger, model number SCAC2004 (brand unknown)
  • Surelaptop AC/DC charger, model number SX-19Z3421, serial number ST0160 used with laptops/ notepads
  • Hipro Electronics (Dongguuan) Co Ltd AC/DC charge, model PPP009H, serial number F3-W9820910 for use with Compaz, HP laptops/ notepads 

These charges had inadequate levels of insulation and neither the plugs nor the fuses complied with relevant safety standards.  The plugs fitted to these products were also considered to pose a risk of electric shock if used.
The other items identified were:

  • J-Mark Wireless Microphone System, model JM-306
  • Chery UV Lamp, manicure gel curing, (no model details available)

The microphone system is considered dangerous as this also has inadequate insulation and there is a risk of shock of the product is used.  The system also has a plug fitted which does not comply with UK standards.
The manicure lamp was found not to have adequate instructions on how to operate the product and again the plug did not comply with UK standards.
If anyone has purchased any of these products, Suffolk Trading Standards advise that they stop using the product immediately, let the team at your local trading standards know, and dispose of it safely through a Household Waste Recycling Centre.