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On Amazon.com, there are numerous iPhone chargers listed, the top results of which fall into two categories:

  1. 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.

or

  1. 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:

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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.

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    Counterfeit chargers are a real problem, so I'd only recommend buying the Apple-branded one from a seller you trust. Here's some info on different chargers: righto.com/2012/10/a-dozen-usb-chargers-in-lab-apple-is.html – Alan Shutko Jun 28 '16 at 2:28
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    @AlanShutko Yeah. Best thing to do is just buy them in-person from retail stores. You'll never see counterfeit chargers there. – RedEagle2000 Jun 28 '16 at 3:58
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Apple Products

If you ever think of purchasing Apple branded products, your only safe place to make your purchases are Apple Stores or the Online Apple Store. If you prefer to make fast and safe purchases online, you can download the Apple Store App by Apple and make purchases there.

MFI Certified Products

When purchasing these non-Apple branded products you must pay attention. If they're certified by Apple, you just need to find a brand you trust and make your purchases safely while saving some money as well! I've purchased one MFi certified cable for my iPhone 6s as a second option, and I've encountered no issues so far. Then, yesterday, a friend of mine tried it as she needed to charge her iPhone 5s, and she had no problems at all either! MFi cables are a great bet. Some of the best and most reliable cables sold on Amazon are made by AmazonBasics and Anker (Anker makes a power adapter brick too).


In the end, you should always buy cables you are certain are genuine, because counterfeits are downright dangerous. If you need to purchase from Amazon, buy a high-rated MFi cable from the likes of AmazonBasics, Anker, or Sync-Wire. Otherwise, purchase a genuine Apple charger straight from the Apple Store. I would totally suggest you to try the Amazon route: you'll save a few dollars and you can easily get a refund if the cable goes bad quickly. And if you purchase a cable that's "genuine" and "made by Apple", you must buy it through the Apple Store.

If you're interested on the brand of the cable I bought (made by Sync-Wire), here's the link to the product, and you may find interesting to browse their website if you're curious about their products!

  • Looks like a great cable! I've also had luck with AmazonBasics and Anker, both of which are pretty cheap as well on Amazon. And thanks for your answer! – owlswipe Jun 28 '16 at 11:40
  • Yeah, I've made some purchases for Anker too, and I've found the products great! Let me know what cable you'll pick and if this answer helped you don't hesitate to accept it as the one which solved your doubts :) Have a great day @JohnRamos ! – FET Jun 28 '16 at 11:44
  • Glad I could help, have a great day and if you have any further issues with the one you'll buy please tag me and let me know! @JohnRamos – FET Jun 28 '16 at 13:23

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