A cheap replacement for an iPhone charging cable could be dangerous if you’ve ever misplaced your original and had to run out and buy another one right away.
There have been numerous incidents of house fires and electrocution caused by counterfeit iPhone equipment over the years, and it is possible to get a severe shock or even die as a result.
In spite of the fact that certified third-party chargers are supposed to do the job safely, many fakes are being sold as the genuine article.
In a study conducted by Electrical Safety First, 98 percent of fake chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shock or fire, so it pays to be cautious.
Fortunately, Apple has put together a guide to identify counterfeit chargers that could harm your iPhone or cause it to overheat.
Authentic Apple Lightning cables will have the words “Designed by Apple in California” on the side of the connector, while certified iPhone accessories will have the words “Made for iPhone” on the packaging.
It’s also a good idea to inspect the Lightning connector end of your cable. If the “teeth” on the cable are inconsistent in width, length, or thickness, you may be using a fake charger.
Buying an Apple cable from a non-authorized seller can cost you a lot more money than buying it from an authorised seller.
A fire hazard exists even if your phone charger appears to be legit. A fire and electrocution hazard can arise from charging electronic devices in bed, which can be particularly hazardous.
Counterfeit phone accessories are coming under increasing scrutiny from law enforcement.
For selling over 5,500 counterfeit Apple and Samsung products, a West London shop was fined £16,000 just a few weeks ago.
The products of the shops were quickly identified by council officers as fakes by tech experts, who seized batteries, charging cables, phone cases, and adapters with knock-off branding.
The Apple Airpods Pro 4 Pro 4 earphones, a product that does not exist, were the worst offenders.