IF YOU bought your iPhone cable cheaper, you might be in for a shock.
Counterfeit chargers are often made with inferior components and have been blamed for electrocution deaths and home fires.
In fact, a security report found that 98 percent of counterfeit Apple cables put consumers at risk.
Luckily, there are ways to identify fake Lightning connectors and save yourself an unwanted zap.
What Are Fake iPhone Chargers?
Fake iPhone cables fall into two categories: fake and uncertified accessories.
A fake is a cheap product dressed up as if it was made by Apple.
Non-certified accessories are manufactured by third parties without Apple’s consent.
In general, if you buy a cheap cable from a reputable company that is certified by Apple, the product is safe.
Counterfeit and uncertified cables, on the other hand, can be dangerous.
Here are three ways to check if your cable is secure.
1. Check the packaging
With Apple charging up to £29 for a charging cable on its website, it’s understandable that consumers would tend to shop elsewhere.
If you buy a third-party cable, make sure it’s Apple-certified by looking closely at the accessory’s packaging.
Certified third-party accessories carry Apple’s MFi badge on the box that says “Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad.”
2. Look at the cable
It’s a good idea to compare your cable to one made by Apple. Counterfeit accessories tend to feel thinner and lighter in the hand.
Apple cables also have their own authenticity features.
According to the company, “An Apple Lightning to USB cable has ‘Designed by Apple in California’ and either ‘Assembled in China’, ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ or ‘Indústria Brasileira’ on it about seven inches from the USB port the cable.
“At the end of this text you will see a 12-digit serial number.”
3. Examine the Lightning connector
The Lightning connector on fakes is typically rough and unfinished.
According to Apple: “You can use the Lightning connector, USB connector, and laser etching to identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories.”
Counterfeit connectors can have a “rough or inconsistent finish” and “square contacts with an uneven surface.”
The company provides helpful images to illustrate its point of view a support page on his website.
Why are fake cables dangerous?
Counterfeit chargers are often made with inferior components that do not meet UK safety regulations.
If you want to avoid Apple’s expensive cables, you should buy them from reputable retailers.
Electrical Safety First, a charity working to reduce deaths and injuries from electrical accidents, has tested a number of counterfeit chargers.
They reported that 98 percent “puts consumers at risk of fatal electrocution and fire.”
Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, said, “This report shows that anyone who buys an iPhone charger from an online marketplace or independent discount store is taking a serious risk to their safety.”
Further research by ESF showed that 85 percent of consumers buy electronic goods online, where it is very difficult to identify a counterfeit.
The London Fire Brigade has issued its own warning about the dangers of counterfeit chargers.
Their research found that while Apple iPhone chargers contain 60 or more components, counterfeits contain fewer than half of them.
Fire investigator Andrew Vaughan-Davies asked: “To save a few pounds, is it worth risking your family’s life and possibly destroying your home?”
Investigators also said these chargers could damage the phone being charged.
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