TECH experts warn that using dangerous iPhone cables can have fatal consequences.
UK charity Electrical Safety First, Giuseppe Capanna, says counterfeit chargers pose a risk of fire and serious electric shock.
Speaking to the Sun earlier this year, he shared some signs that your gadget could be a death trap.
“Fake iPhone chargers are usually made to look identical or similar to the genuine product on purpose to deceive consumers.
“Counterfeit goods often consist of substandard components that put the purchaser at risk.
“They are a particularly insidious threat to consumers, undermining legitimate manufacturers and retailers and often posing the risk of fire, serious electrocution and even electrocution.”
Fake iPhone cables fall into two categories: counterfeits and uncertified accessories.
A counterfeit product is a cheap product that pretends to be made by Apple.
An uncertified accessory is an accessory made by a third-party company without approval from the iPhone manufacturer.
Generally speaking, if you buy a cheap cable from a reputable retailer certified by Apple, the product is safe.
Counterfeit or uncertified cables, on the other hand, can be dangerous.
They have been blamed time and time again for causing dangerous explosions, deadly electrocutions, and house fires.
And previous ESF research found that up to 98% of fake Apple cables put consumers at risk.
The best way to make sure you aren’t being sold counterfeits is to buy directly from Apple or from a reputable high-street retailer, Guiseppe, a product safety engineer at ESF, told The Sun. I’m here.
However, if you bought something from a discount store or online marketplace and you’re not sure if it’s fake, you should look for some obvious clues.
1. Check the package and cable
With Apple charging up to £29 for charging cables on its website, it’s understandable that some consumers would try to buy elsewhere.
If you buy your wire from a third-party seller, look carefully at the accessory packaging to make sure it’s Apple certified.
Certified third-party accessories have Apple’s MFi badge that says “Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad” on the packaging.
Additionally, look for missing markers or misspellings in the cable text, says Guiseppe.
“These are the easiest ways to spot counterfeits, but be careful as counterfeits are becoming more sophisticated.”
2. Look at the plug
We recommend comparing your charger to Apple’s. Counterfeit accessories tend to feel thin and light in your hand.
As a result, the pins of the plug can be tested for signs of counterfeit products.
“That’s because it’s a metal-coated hollow plastic, not the solid metal that’s typically used in genuine products.
“A quick way to check this is to flick the largest pin and hear the sound it makes.
“The real plug sounds and feels solid, but the counterfeit makes a ‘plastic’ sound and feels hollow. ”
Additionally, the finish on the casing of the plug may indicate a fake.
“The finish of the stock charger is of high quality, matt and uniform,” explains Giuseppe.
“For counterfeit chargers, the finish is usually glossy or imperfectly glossy.”
3. Weight, shape and dimensions
Also note the weight of the item and the plug pin.
Counterfeit products are lighter than official Apple products and may have the wrong size or shape of pins.
“Plug pins on fake Apple iPhone chargers may be larger or smaller than the real ones and may be placed in a different location.
“The easiest way to check is with the Electrical Safety First Plug Checker tool.”
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