Amazon and eBay found selling suspected illegal e-bike chargers

UK charity Electrical Safety First found dangerous charging devices on Amazon Marketplace, as more fires caused by e-bike batteries are reported

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service e-bike fires
(Image credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service)

An investigation conducted by Electrical Safety First, a UK charity dedicated to reducing death and injury caused by electricity in the home, has revealed that Amazon Marketplace, eBay, and AliExpress have all been selling suspected illegal and highly dangerous charging devices for e-bikes on their websites.

Electrical Safety First found 59 listings of illegal and dangerous e-bike chargers across the four retailers, which were all subsequently removed or blocked. One marketplace also removed hundreds more listings based on the information provided by the charity. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.