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This doesn't apply to all sellers, but be careful on what you buy from who.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272064192743

 

I bought some Xmas lights which were advertised as "new". Unfortunately this seller has sold almost all of them, so the people that bought them are at risk from fire or injury if they use them.

 

The last picture is when I opened the box. No screws holding it together, it too easily just fell apart. You can see the wires from the 240v supply are almost touching.

 

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  • The control box has been used before, it is damaged and scratched all over.
  • It doesn't conform to IP44 since water can get in though the button hole at the top.As well as objects and tools 1mm could get into an unprotected wire hole.
  • The control box even has the logo for double insulated electronics, however, there is only 1 protective cover that falls off between peoples hands and the 240v power supply.
  • Someone has wired in a 10A fused plug which is completely wrong. 10Amp isn t going to do anything when used with this product and is unsafe.
  • The 240V cable that has been wired to it has the outer protective cover cut too far back. The soldering to the control board is terrible, there is no strain relief on the power cord what so ever.
  • One of the LED light cables hasn't been put in place properly and is caught on the edge of this box. This is highly dangerous and actually illegal to sell in the UK due to how unsafe it is.

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show trading standards before somebody has a nasty experience/accident!


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  • The control box even has the logo for double insulated electronics, however, there is only 1 protective cover that falls off between peoples hands and the 240v power supply.

 

There appears to be a resistor to drop the mains voltage before feeding it in to a bridge rectifier. There is absolutely NO isolation and this device is highly dangerous. You must report this to trading standards as soon as possible, leave the seller negative feedback, and file a complaint with ebay.

 

The plug appears to be rated for 10 Amps, but doesn't appear to have a fuse. I have my doubts that it has even been tested for type approval, let alone is actually safe.

 

These things must be removed from sale as soon as possible before someone gets injured or killed.


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Indeed, the plug looks like it hasn't got a fuse at all. Never seen a plug like that before either.

 

Opened a refund request with all the images and information I posted above, they accepted the refund and have sent a label to send it back.

 

Unfortunately you can't report eBay items for being dangerous. I reported the listing for another option, but they will just look at the listing and see it's fine. I have no idea how to report a dangerous item at all.

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