Chargers - Charging your devices safely
Every household now has devices with Li-ion or Li-po batteries that need recharging. In the vast majority of cases this will cause no issues, but you should charge safely.
Safely charging your technology such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, e-cigarettes and other small battery operated devices can prevent a fire in your home or office.
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Choosing your device
- Only use devices that carry the genuine CE safety mark. More information can be found about CE marks at https://www.ccpc.ie/consumers/product-safety/product-safety/#CEMark
- Buy from reputable retailers.
Chargers and Cables
- The charger and the cable that come with the device are the best items to use with any device.
- Don’t use chargers or cables that are damaged or discoloured.
- If the charger or cable need to be replaced, replace them with genuine branded manufacturer replacements, or branded replacements that are certified by the original manufacturer.
- Cheap replacements will probably not reach the safety standard required.
- Only charge for as long as required, until the device reaches 100%. Don’t overcharge.
- Don’t charge overnight, while you are asleep, or leave you home.
- Charge on a flat, hard, non-flammable surface.
- Charging naturally creates heat within the battery.
- Never cover a charging device with a pillow, cushion or blanket. Let the heat dissipate.
- Unplug the charger from the wall socket when not in use.
- Erratic behaviour of your device; Charging too quickily or discharging quicker than normal could be a sign that your battery is failing.
Look out for
- Discolouration, burning smells or signs of melting of the device or charger.
- Swelling of the battery or the housing abound the battery.
- A leak from the battery.
If you notice any of the above stop using the device immediately and place the device outside your home.