There are so many charging electronics, it can be difficult to remember that your safety always comes first and then the quality of the charger that you’re purchasing comes second. With charging electronics, there’s actually a chance of having material that can cause harm to the user. This harm can be inflicted either by what materials the charger is made by or the internal electronics of the charger.
How do know what makes a safe charger? How do you protect yourself and realize that the charging electronic that you’re using will keep you safe? Charger Harbor has put together the main traits that a charging electronic will have. These necessary specifications go into the multiple categories of charging electronics that includes: wall chargers, car chargers, power banks and basically any other charging electronics that you can think of.
It’s important to know what standards your electronics need to meet, so you’re able to purchase not only the best chargers but also the safest chargers.
What is RoHS?
You’ll see RoHS on a lot of charging products. RoHS stands for Restriction of Harmful Substances. This kind of certification is very important for charging electronics and well…nearly every product being made because it means that the products is completely free of substances that would do fatal harm. This is especially necessary for charging electronics because they’re used so much and with charging electronics like power bank chargers, where they’re always with us, then the RoHS certification is what makes holding power banks and not worrying about harmful substances possible.
The impact of RoHS certification goes to electronics chargers because of the 4th category, which is Consumer Electronics. RoHS limits the use of substances of the following:
- Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
- Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
- Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm
It’s these materials that are supposed to be less than the prescribed amount. This is done so the materials are not harmful to the users or environment. You should always take a look at your charging devices and know whether or not they have the RoHS logo on them or you can even check online with either the company itself or it will be on the product page of Amazon. If it’s not specified that a charger is RoHS certified, you check with the company to confirm that their chargers are safe to use.
Most electronics charging devices are RoHS certified because many companies know that they should meet a certain criterion that holds merit. In this case, RoHS certified products will only help a company sell their products by showing trustworthiness.
- The “CE” marking that you may see on charging electronics is an abbreviation for European Conformity. This kind of certification meets requirements for products that include the Harmonized Standards that are meant for European standards. This kind of harmonized standards include:
- Consumer & Worker Protection
- Energy Efficiency
- Electric & and Electronic Engineering
It’s these traits for products that are in good standards, are the products that are able to be CE Certified.
2. The CE marking means that the country in which it’s being sold in is actually legally being sold in the country
3. Possibly the most important attribute of a CE certified product is that it can be freely moved throughout many countries. It’s great to have this kind of certification on charging electronics because you can bring all the great chargers you have with you and still have a great charging experience in another location.
4. If there is a CE marking on a product and yet it does not conform to the CE certification, then the product can be taken from the owner. This kinda sucks, we know, but please understand that the CE certification is a way to protect you and those around you. By keeping the CE certification pure and ongoing, the end result are products that hold no harmful materials and hold quality.
The UL Certification for a product is for making sure that the product is performing accordingly to how it’s supposed to perform. In an electronic charging sense, it’s great to have a UL certification for charging electronics. Charging electronics have many components that make a charger safe and charge as fast as some charging electronics do.
UL Certification is perfect to ensure the Safety technology within a charger is working because that means that the company simply didn’t slap on a UL certification logo on their charger. There’s merit behind UL certified products because then we know the product as advertised is what the end user is getting. The same thing goes for Quick Charge charging electronics. Sure, someone who purchases a Quick Charge wall charger or power bank could test if it’s really charging at Quick Charge speeds but with the UL certified test, it’s simply more assurance that it’s a legit product.
UL certification is basically like having an organization testing that a product is up to standards of what it says so that customers don’t have to worry about the quality of the product being poor.
What is FCC?
FCC is an abbreviation for the Federal Communication Commission. The FCC is a governmental organization that sets the regulation and guidelines for what a product of a certain category should feature. Possibly their strongest power is to evoke rulemaking regulations that are called Legislative Rules. These rules are set forth because of safety concerns or hazardous possibilities that a product may have. With charging electronics, this may be the amount of voltage or amps a certain charger may have. Whether it’s the input of the charger or output, an FCC certification may be connected to the technology that a charging electronic has.
Although it may seem that the FCC could be limiting the potential for charging electronics, it’s most likely for a good reason. That’s because if charger electronics were made without any regulation, then there would be a higher chance of devices getting damaged since there’s no standard for how a charger should work.
It’s a good certification for a charger to have because then you know that it has standards.
Why these Safety Certifications Matter
All of these safety certifications matter for one main reason and that’s to create higher quality and a more secure product. These kind of precautions not only make charging electronics better products but also other products are ensured that they will perform at the quality they’re supposed to. With these way of confirming that a product is up to standards, the future of what makes a product so great should be a bright one.
Since 2016, Usman has flourished as an independent tech journalist, reveling in the evaluation of diverse tech gadgets, with a particular fondness for charging technology to ascertain product performance. Besides his journalistic endeavors, he helms the Charger Harbor YouTube channel, where he extends his tech insights to a broader audience.