Why You Need To Stop Using Cheap Charging Cables Immediately
What is an MFi Certified cable?
MFi cables are lightning charging cables that have been Apple’s proprietary cable since 2012. Any MFi Certified cable has been rigorously tested and approved by Apple as a safe and reliable cable that can be used with any Apple device.
Every certified cable has a tiny chip that will tell your device if it is actually MFi certified or not. If it isn’t and you have iOS 7 or newer, then you may have seen a notification on your phone reading “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone”. When purchasing cables, you’ll know if it’s certified if it has this image on the packaging:
Why should you only purchase MFi Certified cables?
The reason everyone buys non-certified cables is because there are a wide variety of incredibly cheap cables. These cables are so cheap because they are cheaply made. Sellers are able to make these cables for cheap by using poor quality materials and skipping important safety checks. Apple itself talks about these cables as “not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and are poorly constructed with inferior or missing components, flawed design, and inadequate electrical insulation. These counterfeits have the potential to overheat, catch fire, and deliver a deadly electric shock to consumers while in normal use.”
If you’re unsure if a brand is certified, you can visit their site here and search the brand to see if they actually are.
As a repair shop, we can attest that these uncertified cables do in fact damage phones. We typically get 3-4 customers a month that bring in their fried devices from these bogus cables. If you think it will never happen to you, then you’re in for an unfortunate surprise.
If you do find yourself with a damaged device from one of these cables, we offer repairs at $149.99. In the end, spending the extra $10 or $15 on an MFi Certified Cable will save you having to shell out much more in the future to have your device fixed.