One of the most common questions we get at Power4laptops is "Do you sell original chargers?". We don't sell the original ones for a couple of reasons.
The first thing is the cost. Even at the cheaper end, the original brand chargers tend to retail about £40 - £50 which is way more expensive than our own Power4Laptops chargers.
The second reason is the market is absolutely flooded with fake counterfeit chargers. These chargers will look exactly like your original one, but these fake chargers don't meet UK safety regulations and can lead to fires and electric shocks. So we didn't want to have to compete against someone selling a so called original brand charger for £7.99 on eBay or Amazon when in reality the charger they are selling is fake.
On the outside, the differences between a fake charger and a genuine charger are getting harder to spot as the counterfeiters use better techniques. The real difference is on the inside. Cheaper components are used and many will have lumps of metal taped inside the casing to make them feel heavier.
Power4laptops branded chargers use high quality components from reputable suppliers. They are CE certified and have been tested in the UK to ensure they meet UK Safety Regulations.
Our advice, if you still want to buy an original laptop charger, is only to purchase one direct from the manufacturer as the majority of websites offering branded chargers are selling fakes.