Most of us have been there, our original Apple lighting cable comes to its sad end. Now you must decide whether to buy a genuine Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod charger. You know you can buy a copy charger from the market for £2.00-£6.00. Below is a breakdown of the two to help you make a better decision next time you are put in this predicament.
By using a counterfeit Apple charging cable you could be putting your device at a risk of damage. These risks can include;
- Battery Issues
- Cable may break more easily
- The connector end may become very hot
- Connector end may not be a good fit into your device
- May not be able to sync the device via USB
- PCB on board issues with your charging circuit.
The above are a few issues with using fake or uncertified Apple Lighting Cables. Another big issue with using uncertified Apple charging cables is that they can cause harm to the Motherboard (Logic Board) of your device, this is due to a similar issue as to why these fakes cause battery issues. The problem that causes many of these risks is that these copy lightning cables are unable to control the current being fed into the device. What this does is drown the internal components of the device with a surge of excess voltage/current.
For the battery this means unlike an original Apple lighting cable the fake will keep putting full current to the battery when charging, where as an original charging cable has a regulatory chip built in which will lower the current as the device hits 100% leaving just a small amount to hold the battery at 100%.
The same principle applies when looking at the damage caused to PCB/motherboard. As this power surges through the board it can begin to cause damage to the charging circuit. The most common chips that tend to go are U2 (Tristar) or Tigris
Spot the difference
There are many differences between an original and copy lighting cable. These come in many forms from the variation in size of the end of the cable to stickers on the packaging of the boxes.
- The place of production will be written on the cable followed by a 12 digit serial number.
- The width of the end of the cable will be variant from the 7.7mm of the original.
- The plate of the charger will be a black or off white compared to the originals metallic/silver.
The above are a few of many differences between an original and fake Apple charging cable.
Here at Gadget Rehab we provide Original Apple Lightning Cables as well as the older 30 pin cables. For your iPhone, iPad and iPods. For Android users we also have Micro USB and USB Type C cables.