Apple iPhones are one of the most popular phones in the world, and one of the oldest brands. Apple has released nine generations of the iPhone so far and stands as the second biggest smartphone vendor in the world in terms of shipment as of 2015.
But you have to be careful with those phones, more specifically their cables.
Lightning cables are the charging cords specific to Apple phones and products. They’re not compatible with most other devices and don’t allow many Apple products to use the more common android-styled charger and cords. Apple has discouraged anyone from using cell phone cables, not of Apple make, or non-Apple products in general for their cell phone cable accessories.
Thankfully they’re all USB cables or based on a similar design. You can plug them into anything USB based and charge them, Apple or not.
But, despite this exclusivity, there are counterfeit options available.
Counterfeit Lightning cables might seem like a good idea, they’re cheaper than purchasing from Apple, but they have issues. They sometimes stop working after a time period, as they’re not directly compatible. Your phone or device might reject them outright. Or it may even cause damage to the device’s battery.
This renders them useless, and a risk, and means you’re going to have to buy an Apple brand cable anyway, which means you spent more in the long run.
But how do you tell if you have a counterfeit cable? Here are some tips in figuring out if what you have is truly Apple made.
There are many ways of locating if the product is Apple made, the biggest being if it has the “Made for iPhone” sticker on it somewhere, or similar stickers for other devices. Keep in mind, however, that some companies will use this label despite it not being true, in which case you need to look at the cable itself.
You should look carefully at it to identify whether the cable is OEM, from Apple itself, or counterfeit. OEM cables are always high quality and made of premium materials, as have the guarantee of being MFi certified Lightning cables. Third-party knock-offs or counterfeit cables are going to have a poor build quality, and have signs of poor craftsmanship.
Apple itself has stated that some of the things to look for are:
- Make sure the Lightning connector is a one-piece design.
- Make sure the Lightning connector has a smooth finish.
- Make sure the contacts on the Lightning connector are rounded and smooth.
- Check for consistency in the white plastic boot’s width.
- Make sure the faceplate insert is gray or metallic.
These characteristics are key to ensuring you have the right cable for your phone or device. There are plenty of guides and images online of what a proper lightning cable should look like. Don’t take the risk, avoid cheap knock-offs and stick with Apple approved products like those you find here at CableWholesale.