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How to Spot Fake Lightning Cables and Accessories?

When Apple announced that they will ditch the 30-pin connector for the Lightning Cable, a lot of people were understandably pissed. After all, no one likes to be forced to buy a new cable just because the old 30-pin one isn’t supported anymore. That and the fact that buying "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" comes with a premium price. So many people have turned to buying fake Lightning cable and accessories. However, Apple warns that using these knockoff cables can cause permanent damage to your device. Here are some ways to spot fake Lightning cables and accessories.

How to Spot Fake Lightning Cables and Accessories
As per Apple, using fake Lightning cables and accessories can lead to several issues like:

  • You iDevice can become permanently damaged
  • The cable itself will not last a long time
  • The connector end of the cable might fall off, get really hot, or might be ill-fitting into your device.
  • Using unsupported Lightning cable can lead to errors and the inability to sync your device.

Also, let’s not forget the many accidents like the exploding iPhone battery due to the usage of fake Apple cables.

How to Spot Fake Lightning Cables and Accessories?

Compare connectors and laser etchings

One of the easiest ways to spot fake Lightning cables and accessories is to look at the connectors and laser etchings. Check out the image straight from Apple’s Support page.
Apple Compare connectors and laser etchings
The main takeaway here is that Apple’s official Lightning cables have more polished and consistent laser etchings. As opposed to counterfeit ones that just look off.

Spotting fake, non-certified Lightning to 30-pin Adapter

Those who don’t want to invest in a brand-new Lightning cable and still want to use the old 30-pin variant, their option is to buy a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter. However, there are fake and non-certified ones out there. Look at the image below to spot the fake.
Spotting fake, non-certified Lightning to 30-pin Adapter

Spotting fake, non-certified Lightning to Micro-USB Adapter

Again, the main point here is that the fake ones just do a very sloppy job of mimicking the laser etching and the quality of the connectors themselves.
Spotting fake, non-certified Lightning to Micro-USB Adapter

Conclusion:

Sure, it’s nice to be able to save from 10 to 20 bucks when buying non-certified Lightning cables and accessories but is it really worth it? Do you really want to risk damaging your $600 device just to save a few bucks? Apple cables and accessories are indeed expensive but they work and can last you a long time. If official Apple cables are too expensive for you, other places like Amazon have Apple certified products that you can consider buying.

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