Are Chinese Car Chargers Safe?

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

  1. Vidiot62 macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    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:
    If anyone knows of a more legitimate one, please let me know. Thanks!
  2. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    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


    Dec 23, 2012
  4. Makaveliarts macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    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

    Aug 31, 2013
    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


    Jul 19, 2013
    Official Apple chargers or Authorized Apple chargers is what you should buy only.
  7. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    don't cheap out on chargers. cheaping out on cables is ok (though difficult now).

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

    Dec 16, 2008
    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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