Many of these counterfeiters make their ‘fakes’ look so good that to the naked untrained eye, they look like the real thing but at a bargain price.
So, many unassuming members of the public buy these items without realising that they are in fact potentially dangerous fakes that could cause serious harm to themselves or their property.
However, now PAT testing equipment is finding a new role in this fight against these counterfeiters. With these ‘fakes’ looking so much like the real thing, it can be hard to see which is real and which is not but through the use of a PAT tester, counterfeit electrical appliances can more easily be identified.
It was reported that around 30 Million pounds’ worth of counterfeit electrical appliances entered the UK market back in 2010.
And these counterfeit appliances can include everything from domestic appliances, cables and leads, lighting products, power tools and wiring accessories.