How to know that the Cell Phone Charger is Genuine?

How to know that the Cell Phone Charger is Genuine?


Most chargers that circulate are counterfeit. These chargers have not gone through the same rigorous quality control process as genuine cables from manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, and Sony.

Whether lightning chargers, micro USB, USB-C, or any other standard, they need to go through the verification process. There have been many incidents where dummy cables have been the main cause of house fires, battery explosions and electrical shocks.

We will teach you how to properly separate genuine cables from fake ones.

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1. Tags and text on original cell phone charger

Look at the plug to see if there are any CE markings (certification mark) which is European law for product safety standards.

Most counterfeits do not have the proper facilities to stamp this mark or the verified certification. Even when they have been CE marked, they will look faded or smudged, but beware of some higher-end counterfeit models.

Also look for the Anatel seal, ensuring that the charger has passed the certification and testing process of our Telecommunications Agency.


2. Finishing the charger socket plug

This is a more obvious sign of a fake charger.

The placement of the 3-pin connectors may be slightly loose or not fitting the plastic case properly. This is a sign of poor manufacturing quality, which is done to save on counterfeit model manufacturing values.

Genuine plugs will line up correctly and fit neatly into the housing, with no loose pins and everything fitting perfectly.


3. Cell phone charger USB port

Typically, the USB port on dummy plugs is a great deal of authenticity and reliability. Most fake plugs have smooth or loose USB ports. In other cases, USB ports have a more “stuck” connection to make, which can even damage your USB cables.

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4. Counterfeit smartphone charger materials

Using cheaper materials to build dummy plugs and cables is the obvious reason they are cheap. The cheap price you pay is due to the lack of high quality materials used.

Components inside a cable's head are compromised to the maximum with minimal soldering, which allows for cross-wiring or overloaded circuit boards. Electrical currents will overload and without the right components built into the cord or plug, there is an increased risk of fire, electric shock or an overcharged phone battery .


5. Check the weight of the cell phone charger

This check is pretty straightforward, the weight of the plug or cable head is a big sign that you're buying a fake. With genuine cables or inputs they are much heavier as the correct component has been used if its solid metal with thicker plastic reducing the chances of fires.


6. Check the cell phone charger voltage

Use a voltage meter before using your plug or cord, this will allow you to determine whether or not it can carry the correct voltage as advertised. Counterfeit manufacturers will lie about the genuine voltage it can charge, this is not very dangerous but it also damages the phone battery and takes much longer to charge.


How to ensure that the cell phone charger is original?

Ensuring that there is at least 9.5mm between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger, you can easily do this using a ruler. Once checked, make sure it plugs in properly and fits snugly, any rattles could be a sign of internal damage and dispose of accordingly. Be aware of any overheating as this can lead to fires.

Make sure all plugs and cables have a valid CE mark and Anatel seal that looks clear and shiny. Be wary of forged CE marks, this is a common thing for fakes to have. Make sure the model number and batch number are present as this will vaguely tell you when it was made and the batch was produced.

Never use a fake plug or cord. If you suspect this to be the case. Always buy from a trusted branded electronics retailer. You will pay more for the right product, which could save your life.

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