Are Chinese Car Chargers Safe?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Vidiot62, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Vidiot62 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking for a car charger/dock for my new 5s, but the only ones I can find are brand-less generic ones from China. Besides the fact that iOS 7 may reject it, are they safe or do they do damage to the phone battery?

    This is what I'm looking for: http://www.ebay.com/itm/200958831128
    If anyone knows of a more legitimate one, please let me know. Thanks!
     
  2. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    considering there was a news story of an iPhone exploding or setting on fire because of a cheap unapproved charger, i wouldn't recommend it
     
  3. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a

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  4. Makaveliarts macrumors 6502

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    Like 4 years ago, my friends crappy cell phone made a weird noise and let out some black & grey smoke when he started his engine once. Buy one that isn't a knock-off and you should be fine.


    Most of these car chargers were made in China, either way. Some are just cheaper than others.
     
  5. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    If I just bought a $650+ device then I wouldn't rely on some off the wall generic charger with it.

    Then again though, everything already comes from China :p
     
  6. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Official Apple chargers or Authorized Apple chargers is what you should buy only.
     
  7. toxic macrumors 68000

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    don't cheap out on chargers. cheaping out on cables is ok (though difficult now).

    take a look at Monoprice.com for cheap and decent quality.
     
  8. Ruckus12 macrumors member

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    I bought an amazon basics lightening cable and it works fine without any error messages, they're a little cheaper than oem apple
     

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