On Amazon.com, there are numerous iPhone chargers listed, the top results of which fall into two categories:
- Apple-branded chargers (which seem to be authentic and made by Apple) but have very poor reviews, often between 2 and 3 stars. Here's one example.
- Definitely real MFi-Certified chargers from reputable companies like Belkin, AmazonBasics, and Anker. Here's one example.
Certainly it would seem like genuine Apple chargers would be safer. But there is a catch: the chargers that claim to be "by Apple" or "Original Apple OEM" all have terrible reviews (see that link from category 1) that call the chargers "unsafe" and "a fire hazard". And many of the chargers from category 2 have very positive reviews, often 4-4.5 stars.
So are the "Apple"-branded chargers really made by Apple Inc., and which type of charger is safer when one needs to purchase a lightning iPhone charger from Amazon?
Here's a screenshot of some of the "genuine" Apple charger's negative reviews:
One reviewer (pictured on the bottom right in that screenshot) even mentions that the "genuine" charger caused the dreaded
Accessory Not Supported error on their iPhone.