Be Careful Where You Buy Your E-Bike Chargers OnlineSeptember 2, 2022
Martyn Allen, ESF (Electrical Safety First) technical director did some tests on e-bike chargers from several sites including Amazon and eBay and several of them were found to be a risk of serious fires. Several of these chargers failed to meet UK safety standards and they have since been removed from sale.
The main issue appeared to be the lack of a fuse. In case you didn’t know a plug fuse is a safety device which is connected to the electrical circuit, to prevent excessive current flow during faults. When an electrical circuit becomes overloaded, the fuse element will blow possibly starting a small fire which can easily spread to things around it.
While there have been several stories about house and flat fires caused by e-bikes being charged, not one of them has been proven to be caused by a faulty battery instead, it is often human error that caused it. If you are worried about this at all just remember you can always get your new charger and battery from the shops that you brought it from which is a much safer option.