The Comsol recall is regrettable. Comsol is a reputable brand and Officeworks (Wesfarmers), a reputable company. All good – we are happy to provide publicity to help it round up these power banks.
The biggest issue is not with electrical or electronic goods purchased from reputable bricks-and-mortar stores, but unknown brands purchased online from Amazon, eBay, Kogan, Dick Smith and many more.
These are ‘merchant’ sites where tens of thousands of unknown foreign merchants can flog non-approved electronics knowing that Australian Consumer Law does not apply.
Make sure it has the RCM (regulatory compliance mark)
Any device that plugs into a power point either directly or indirectly is a medium risk device and requires approval.
GadgetGuy receives multiple requests to review high wattage chargers and power banks. Last year two ‘no-name’ high wattage chargers (allegedly with ‘CE’ approval) sparked and caught fire on our test. Another two 20K+ power banks died during the review and became dangerously hot when charging.
For electrical safety, electrical equipment must not be sold unless the item has RCM in compliance with AS/NZS 4417.1 & 2 and the EESS. For more information directly from the ESESS, click here.
Many products sold here have ‘fake’ or ‘unapproved C-tick marks.