Cheap Cords & Chargers For Your Devices Can Be Hazardous

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I have discussed on radio on several occasions the hazards of using cheap cables or cheap chargers with your electronic devices.

There have been cases of people buying the cheap cable or charger for their device to save a few dollars and ending in tragedy for the device and the user.

In the long term this can prove to be very dangerous with fires having been caused through the purchase of these chargers.

So what does a genuine charger do that a cheap charger may not ?

A genuine Apple charger or brand name charger will charge at a steady rate , say 10Kw but a " non - genuine" one may charge at a fluctuating rate which can cause overheating.

So what do you look for and what should you do:

  • Always use a genuine charger that is right for your product and is made by the manufacturer or authorised by the manufacturer
  • Do not over-charge your device. Once your item is fully charged, disconnect it and turn the charger off.
  • Never cover your charger when it is in use. Chargers heat up in normal use and the build-up of heat can cause the covering material to catch fire.
  • Never use a charger if it shows any signs of damage or appears to not be working properly.

Here are some articles to corroborate:

Why Cheap Phone Chargers Cause Fires

Please Don't Buy Cheap Phone Chargers & Cables

How To Spot A Fake Charger

Apple Music Starts Today

Apple music starts today 

A couple of points to note of interest:

  • 30 million songs - Do not forget Apple have iTunes
  • The "My Music" section of apple Music combines songs from your existing collections, including previously purchased iTunes tracks , ripped CDs, alongside offerings from the Apple Music library
  • You can try Apple Music for 3 months 
  • The Family Pack will offer 6 subscriptions 
  • You will need to update iTunes for computer access , this update will be able to be downloaded sometime on July 1st but updates for iPhones and iPads are available now 

The following links will answer some of your questions.

Apple Music

Apple Music FAQ: Everything you need to know

Everything You Need To Know About The Apple Music Launch

Apple music iphone

Telstra Air - Launching 30th June - Connect To WIFI Hotspots

Telstra Air

Telstra Air has launched today 

For more information and to sign up go to TelstraAir 

Telstra Air members will have the freedom to get online using their home broadband allowance at thousands of hotspots at payphone sites and retail outlets across Australia.

If you’re one of our several million Telstra home broadband customers with an eligible broadband service, including customers on the NBN, you can become a Telstra Air member at no additional charge provided you have a compatible gateway.

Once you’re a member you will be able to find and automatically log into your nearest Telstra Air hotspot with the touch of a button using our Telstra Air app, also available from next week.

Telstra Air members will be able to connect at 15 million hotspots overseas in 18 countries including the UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan, France and Germany.

Telstra Air members will be able to access their home broadband allowance at hotspots around the world – thanks to an exclusive partnership with world leading Wi-Fi provider Fon meaning that you will be able to connect at 15 million hotspots overseas in 18 countries including the UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan, France and Germany.

If You Own A Samsung Computer You May Want To Read This - Updated


It has been reported that some Samsung computers are disabling Windows Update which as anyone who has listened to me is a recipe for disaster.

Samsung have said they will fix it but it would pay you to read the article from the following link.

Samsung Computers Quietly Disable Windows Update 


Since I wrote this Samsung have acknowledged that they will fix this HOWEVER you will need to go to Samsung updates which a lot of owners never appear to visit.

It would pay all computer owners to check if there are updates done by their manufacturer

Samsung Back Down 

Richard Pascoe On Radio - W/C 22nd June

As we head towards the end of the financial year there were lots of things to talk about this week on radio including:

  • Revenge porn
  • Dial Up Modems 
  • Lost devices should be left to the professionals sometimes 

Here are my radio segments for this week , due to technical glitches at 2 stations not all of my segments are available.