Three Warning Signs Your iPhone Cable Could Kill You

If you have invested in your iPhone cable, you may be in for a shock.

Fake chargers are often made with poor quality components and are blamed for fatal electrocution and house fires.

In fact, a safety report found that 98 percent of counterfeit Apple cables put consumers at risk.

Fortunately, there are ways you can identify fake Lightning connectors and save yourself from unwanted slippage.

What are fake iPhone chargers?

Counterfeit iPhone cables fall into two categories: counterfeit and non-certified accessories.

A counterfeit is a cheap product that is faked to look like it was made by Apple.

Unapproved accessories are those made by third-party companies without Apple’s blessing.

In general, if you buy an inexpensive cable from a reputable and certified company from Apple, then the product is safe.

On the other hand, fake and uncertified cables can be dangerous.

Here are three ways to check if your cable is secure.

1. Check the packaging

Since Apple charges up to $37 for a charging cable on its website, it’s understandable that consumers tend to buy elsewhere.

If you’re buying a cord from a third-party seller, make sure it’s certified by Apple by looking carefully at the accessory’s packaging.

Third-party approved accessories have an Apple MFi badge on their packaging, which says “Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad.”

2. Look at the cable

It’s a good idea to compare your cable with one from Apple. Imitation accessories tend to feel thinner and lighter in the hand.

Apple cables also have their own tags of authenticity.

According to the company: “The Apple Lightning to USB Cable is designed by Apple in California” and either “assembled in China,” “assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira” is on the cable approximately seven inches from the USB connector.

You will see a 12-digit serial number at the end of this text.

3. Check the Lightning connector

The Lightning connector on fakes is usually rough and patchy.

According to Apple: “You can use the Lightning connector, USB connector, and laser engraver to identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories.”

False conductors may have “rough or inconsistent termination” and “square contacts with an uneven surface”.

The company helpfully provides images to illustrate its point on a support page on its website.

Why are fake cables dangerous?

Counterfeit chargers are often made with poor quality components that do not meet UK safety regulations.

If you are keen to avoid Apple’s expensive cables, it is recommended that you purchase them from reputable retailers.

Electrical Safety First, a charity committed to reducing deaths and injuries from electrical accidents, tested a range of counterfeit chargers.

They reported that 98 percent “expose consumers to the risk of fatal electric shocks and fires”.

“This report makes clear that anyone purchasing an iPhone charger from an online marketplace or an independent discount store is taking a high risk of their own safety,” said Martin Allen, technical director at Electrical Safety First.

Further research by ESF shows that 85 percent of consumers shop for electrical appliances online, where counterfeit products are very difficult to spot.

The London Fire Brigade has issued its own warnings about the dangers of counterfeit chargers.

Their investigation found that while Apple iPhone chargers contain 60 or more components, fakes contain less than half of that.

“In order to save a few pounds, is it worth putting your family’s life at risk and possibly destroying your home?” Andrew Vaughan Davies asked the fire investigator.

Investigators also said that these chargers have the potential to cause damage to a charged phone.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.