Is your iPhone charger original? Tips to find out — 2022

Charging an iPhone with a cable that is not certified for this purpose could be very negative for the device. If you suspect that the accessory Lightning that you are using may be false, we advise you to read carefully everything that we will tell you in this post, since we will help you to identify when an iPhone charger cable is original from Apple or has been certified by the company itself, even if it is from another manufacturer .

Disadvantages of charging an iPhone with a fake cable

The main and probably only advantage of using a cable that is not certified to charge the iPhone is the price factor. They are usually very cheap and paradoxically they are usually easier to find than those that do have certification. That is why in emergency cases they may seem like the best solution, but it really is not.

Sometimes we find some that, despite being false, fulfill their function well. However, the most normal thing is that they may present some type of problem that is noticed especially in the long term. From problems connecting to a computer Even bugs like charging is slower than normal even using the original Apple adapter for fast charging. They can also be produced cuts in the power supply that for practical purposes is like connecting and disconnecting the cable continuously. Sometimes it may even excessively overheat the iPhone .

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These problems ultimately affect the battery health of the iPhone, which can be seen deteriorated in a faster way than using normal cables. It is understandable that, due to what has been previously mentioned in reference to their price and availability, they can be a very tempting option if your cable has suddenly broken and you have no other options, but it will be convenient for you to use it for as little time as possible until you can get with original one.

Ways to know if they are original cables or MFi

Below we will give you a series of guidelines to follow with which you can find out if your cable is original and complies with what is established so as not to damage the iPhone during charging. Of course, check everything well because there are very well-made fakes, so the place of origin , bone where you bought it, can also be key.

Know if it is the one manufactured by Apple

If you have removed the cable from the original iPhone box, no further proof is needed to know that it is authentic. Now, if the cable you doubt has been hanging around your house for some time and you don't remember its origin, you can verify it in a very simple way and it will have silk-screened the phrase Designed by Apple in California. To this phrase is added the place where it was manufactured, which could be China, Vietnam or Brazil.

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Of course, it is not ruled out that it may be an imitation of the original Apple cable. Therefore, it is advisable that you do not rule out carrying out any of the other revisions that we will present in the following sections. It would not be the first time that we have come across cables with that screen printing that end up being fake, although obviously it will not be like that if you are sure that it is the cable that came in the iPhone box.

Look at the label of the original packaging

The mfi-certified stands for Made For iPhone, which is a standard used by third-party manufacturers to design their iPhone cables. If a cable has this, it means that, despite not being from Apple, its quality and reliability are fully guaranteed, charging and data transfer of the device being just as safe as with the originals. Normally this certificate appears in the form of a label like these:

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This label should appear on the cable box or packaging and/or in the accompanying usage and warranty guides. If it is not included anywhere, it is a clear indication that it is not original. You might think that maybe they do have that certification and yet they haven't added it, but the fact is that the manufacturers of this type of accessories should not only add that information, but they are also interested in it appearing that way so that there are no doubts that their product it is quality.

Detect counterfeits with connectors

The first thing you should know is that there are two types of Lightning cables for iPhone. They both have that Lightning on the end that connects to the phone, but on the other side we can meet USB-C o USB-A . There are a series of keys to take into account in all of them, as explained by Apple itself, the guidelines being suitable for both its own and those of third parties that are MFi.


Here are the key Lightning connector differences that could help differentiate what is a genuine Apple or MFi cable from a counterfeit cable:

    Pines:these must be one piece, smooth and with rounded contacts in a single silver or gold color. Connector base:it should be a single color in metallic gray or silver. Connector sleeve:it should be exactly 7.7 millimeters wide and 12 millimeters long.

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In the cables that are false, some of the previously mentioned keys may not coincide, with aspects similar to those of the images: that the pins are rough or protrude is excessive, construction materials that differ in color, lengths that are not exact to those commented and even variables in width in the same hooded…


The USB-A cable is not proprietary to Apple, as it is a universal standard that has been known for many years. However, we can also find false cables that even in a connector of this type are reliably false.

    Interlocks:Also known as USB-A housing sockets, they must be trapezoid-shaped, both on the same side and at the same distance from the edge. USB contacts:These can be checked for fakes if they are not a golden color, as the originals should be. Area:this part must be completely flat, smooth and regular. Inside:if we see the surface from the connection part, we must pay attention that the insulator is uniform and flat.

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In the USB-A that are false, silver-colored contacts, rough, granular surfaces and deformity are usually found in the sockets that close the capsule, as well as in the insulators or interlocks.


detect authentic usb-c

USB-C cables are the most difficult to detect if they are fake, so you will have to observe certain characteristics that could be definitive to verify their authenticity. The most important is that it consists of 24 pines in a very small size and that are distributed 12 above and 12 below, as you can see in the image. Although in the end most of the counterfeits that we find in cables with this end do offer an authentic USB-C standard, with the counterfeit ending up in the Lightning cable.