It’s a sad reality, but counterfeit and poorly manufactured power cords are more common than one might think. In some cases, knockoffs of trusted brands and equipment are produced for sale by unwitting or shady manufacturer; in others, manufacturers substitute materials with cheaper ones to cut costs.
In any case, these actions are compromising the safety of those who work with these power cords, as well as endangering expensive equipment and property that can be damaged as the result of a power cord malfunction or fire.
Obviously, counterfeit power cords have the potential (no pun intended) to make their way into data centers, where they pose a risk from fire and electrical shock, which can result in personal injury and data center downtime.
Fortunately, there are ways to establish whether a power cord is authentic or counterfeit. Here are 5 ways we’re identified to help determine if a power cord may not be on the up-and-up:
As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” A counterfeit cord may cost less—in fact, if one does cost a lot less, it’s a good indicator that it may indeed be counterfeit—but there may be greater cost considering the damage it can do. It always pays to be careful about what you purchase and where you purchase it, especially when the stakes are high. When in doubt, the above steps can aid in helping your organization avoid potential damage and/or injuries.
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