All Strix controls are designed to meet the relevant international standards and are manufactured to consistently exceed 12,000 cycles of normal operation.

The risk of counterfeit controls

Kettles fitted with inexpensive copy or counterfeit controls often fail to meet the requirements of the relevant international safety standards and are consequently not only unreliable but can represent a real danger to consumers.

They can seem appealing because they are cheap, but a flawed design, unsuitable or unsafe materials and poor manufacturing and implementation can compromise safety and open consumers' families to significant risk.

  • Poor quality control of the moulded plastic parts can result in decreased contact force. This causes high levels of resistance in the contacts, overheating and potentially fire.
  • Defective switch devices may allow steam and water to come into contact with electric components. This adversely affects the isolation, creating secondary paths of current which can lead to overheating and fire.
  • Inadequate technical specifications concerning the design of connecting components can lead to overheating and fire.
  • Poor selection and use of materials may disrupt electrical isolation over time and lead to electrocution or fire.

Counterfeit kettle fails boil dry test – timelapse showing what happened in only 3 minutes

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Safety as standard

Strix’s components are designed to meet the standards and approval requirements of:

Additionally, Strix’s controls undergo rigorous internal qualification testing which often exceeds the requirements of the international standards.

Spillage testing

Tested as per IEC60320

DSO test

Appliance is switched on dry to ensure safe operation without water

DSO 100hr cycling

Uses a rig to monitor control switches correctly

DSOQ 100cycle on either blade

Similar to DSO test but also includes cold quench within each cycle

Approval specific tests relating to control design and materials selected

such as access to live parts, glow-wire, provision for earthing, electrical strength test, t-rise test, humidity test, ball pressure test, 25 Amp earth test etc.

Further tests are conducted to verify the system performance and safety is maintained over the life of the appliance.

Steam Blade Cycling

The current carrying contacts are opened and closed and cycled under specific electrical loading to verify their performance does not vary over the life of the appliance.

Dry Bimetal Cycling

Both dry boil protection bimetals are cycled under specific temperature conditions to verify their performance does not vary over life of the appliance.

Flush Boil Testing

Appliance is filled with cold water and switched on, water boils, control switches off. The boiled water is flushed out with cold and the test restarts. The connector remains engaged throughout test.

Tip Fill Testing

Appliance is filled with cold water and switched on, water boils, control switches off. Water is then tipped out and refilled for test to restart. The connector is lifted from control and replaced each cycle.

K Rig Testing

Is used to repeatedly lift and replace the control onto the connector under full current load.

Tests are conducted using standard methods to verify the system performance and safety is maintained during abuse conditions.

Angled Boil-Until-Dry

DSO performance is verified whilst the kettle is at an angle to simulate a cordset being trapped under the powerbase.

Slam-Dunk Test

Appliance is repeatedly placed on power base to simulate rough user handling.

N Rig Testing

Similar to the K-Rig test to verify the cordless connector system, but uses a complete appliance with more realistic engagement, to simulate normal use.

Hard Water/Scale Endurance

Similar to Tip Fill test, but rig runs with Strix/IEC Hard water, which deposits scale onto the element, to verify performance in hard-water areas.

Kettles fitted with copy or counterfeit controls typically fail the following Abnormal/ Abuse Testing + clauses of the IEC 60335-2-15 and IEC 60730-2-9 international safety standards:

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Appliance Standard
IEC 60335-2-15
Clause 15
Little tolerance to overfilling and spillages
Clause 19
Abnormal tests
Unsafe conditions due to high temperatures during dry switch on and boiling try
Clause 22
Low quality components fail connector endurance test
Life test
Tip-fill -test
Fill kettle, boil it, discard water, fill again. Repeat.
Strix internal pass criteria:
12,000 cycles
Control Standard
IEC 60730-2-9
Clause 17.8
Dry blade endurance

Why place your business and customers at risk by specifying copy, counterfeit or low quality electrical controls?

The risks are significant - accidents caused by failed electrical controls could result in considerable claims for damages. Kettles which are found not to be manufactured in accordance with the international safety standards can be withdrawn by authorities at significant cost. What’s more, products that infringe intellectual property could expose your business to significant financial and legal sanctions.

To avoid all of the above and to protect your business, ensure that only genuine controls are specified in appliances you sell.