Test/Review of 2A charger (Fasttech)

2A charger

Official specifications:

  • Color: White
  • Material: Plastic + Metal
  • Current Output: 2 A
  • Input Type: AC 100~240V
  • Output Type: DC 5V
  • Plug Type: Euro

I got this charger from fasttech

A very simple and compact design.


  • USB output is coded as USB charger (DCP).
  • Power consumption when unloaded: 0.22 watt

The idle voltage is a bit high, but drops into range when charger is loaded. The 2A specification is very optimistic, 0.75A looks much more realistic.

The charger has no problem sustaining the 0.75A load for one hour.
The temperature photos below are taken between 30 minutes and 60 minutes into the 1 hour test.

M1: 43,5°C, M2: 42,1°C, HS1: 63,0°C

The charger gets warm, but nothing serious.

M1: 52,8°C, M2: 42,6°C, HS1: 60,4°C

M1: 51,4°C, HS1: 52,9°C

There is a lot of noise 120mV rms and 1000mVpp.

Even at lower current there is lot of noise 120mV rms and 950mVpp.

Tear down

Pressing on the charger with a vice and the bottom pops open.

Two circuit boards with a flatcable between, expirence says this is very bad design.

The white paper on the trafo is used to improve isolation.

Both mains input (AC1 & AC2) and usb output are on the same circuit board and with very little safety distance.
The resistor at AC2 is the fuse, then we have a rectifier bridge and C1 is the mains capacitor. The SMD capacitor beyond C1 is placed between the mains and low volt side, it is supposed to be a safety capacitor, but is not.

There are many places with way to short isolation (Distance between mains and low volt side must be over 6 mm on a circuit board). One place is the flat cable, blue is low volt side and red is mains, distance is less than 1mm.

The charger failed a isolation test with 2500 volt, this makes it doubtful to use with 120VAC mains. The fail made a shorted between mains and low voltage side (Very bad)!


Another cheap charger with very bad safety, stay away.


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Thanks for the test!

Thanks for the Review! 2 skulls? :wink:

Exactly and I did update the index at the same time as I published the review.

Thanks for the test, very worrying! How about a link to this test on the Fasttech site?

thanks for this. One more entry to the “avoid” list

Yes and this is not the only Fasttech charger that is bad.

I do generally not bother with posting links on the shops website, but you or anybody else are welcome.

$3.11 2A USB Power Adapter / Wall Charger for iPhone 6 (EU Plug) Looks to be the charger on fasttech

But I bet 90% of the other chargers on FT are similar in danger.

Scary .