99% fake Apple chargers might be very dangerous according to a latest study. The study found out that 99% of counterfeit Apple charges bought online fail basic safety tests. 400 counterfeit Apple charges were tested from around the world and 397 were found to be dangerous or failing basic safety tests. Then counterfeit chargers were collected from local charity shops, antique dealers and second-hand shops: around 3019 were found to be non-compliant.
People normally purchase counterfeit chargers and other accessories because they are cheaper compared to the branded ones and besides, they don’t seem very harmful especially when most of them are able to charge iPhones, iPads and other gadgets. The problem is, while they are charging your iPhones and iPads, they are also harming them and shortening their life spans.
Some people purchase counterfeit chargers knowingly and some purchase it unknowingly. Sometimes it is specifically written in the product description that the chargers are not from Apple but some descriptions are quite misleading because they use something like “branded Apple charger”.
How do you find whether an Apple charger is counterfeit or real? Well, when you have purchased the charger from an online retailer, maybe it’s already too late, but if there is a good return policy it’s better to check your charger using the following methods mentioned in the above link:
- Check the plug pins: There should be a distance of at least 9.5 millimeters between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger. If the distance is less, there is a danger of electric shock while plugging the charger or when unplugging it.
- Check the markings: Check if the manufacturer’s logo or brand name is there or not. Also check for the model number and the batch number. All this information being there doesn’t guarantee the authenticity of the charger but it can sometimes help.
Branded chargers and other accessories might be expensive, but since bigger companies fear bigger litigations, they are more particular about the safety aspects of the accessories.
But such studies might also be funded by bigger companies to deter more and more people from using third-party accessories and encourage them to buy more expensive, branded accessories and chargers.