Since the Galaxy Note 7 began to catch fire left and right, consumers have become a bit more cautious with any news or even rumors that a product they own is prone to become a security risk. However, you do not need a poorly designed smartphone to have an unfavorable experience. As the sophisticated Hybrid Power Adapter from Dell has proven, even and especially a power brick can be a shock, literally. Fortunately, the company took responsibility for this and is recovering thousands of affected products.
Dell tried to be smart with its hybrid power bank and power adapter. Probably too smart for his own good. The Dell Hybrid Power Adapter comes in two parts, most of it being the power bank itself. The smaller black part, however, is a power adapter that not only charges the power bank itself, but can also be pulled to charge directly and power laptops.
Therein lies the problem with the product. The part of the power adapter is apparently prone to break and detach by exposing metal components. Of course, this means there is a high risk of electric shock when used in this state.
Working with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dell issued a recall for the 8,900 units sold in the US and 475 units sold in Canada. For those who are interested in 2-in-1 design, they will receive a replacement that we hope will be less fragile than the first batch.