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Think your Apple charger is a knock off? Check these 5 things

Electrical Safety First, an organization focused on electrical safety, conducted a study on genuine chargers vs. counterfeit chargers.

After going through 50 fake chargers, they found that “98% failed basic safety requirements” and many “contained sub-standard components.”

Electrical Safety First recommends you check for:

  • missing markings, like the CE mark or spelling errors.
  • the plug pin finish. A genuine charger is high quality, matte and uniform. Counterfeit chargers usually have glossy or shiny finish.
  • the USB port, which might be upside down on a fake charger.  It could also be in a different place.  Real chargers have a serial number on the back of the USB port.
  • weaker plug pins.  Flick the largest pin and listen.  A real charger will sound and feel solid; fake ones will feel hollow.
  • the weight.  Since fake chargers are likely missing quality components, they will usually be lighter than real chargers. It should weigh at least 40g.

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