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Brandonjr36

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Girlfriend got me an iphone charger made by belkin. Ik your only suppose to use the factory charger. But it's a $20 one. So it's not one of those cheap pos's. Is it ok to use. iPhone 7 by the way.
 

AppleB

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I've been using a Belkin for the past few years it's great. Use it on iPhone 6P 7P iPad 2 and IPad Air2 no issues whatsoever. I have the one with the swivel prongs.
 
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Girlfriend got me an iphone charger made by belkin. Ik your only suppose to use the factory charger. But it's a $20 one. So it's not one of those cheap pos's. Is it ok to use. iPhone 7 by the way.
You can use third party chargers just fine too. Just want to make sure they are from reputable manufacturers that are also MFi certified.
 

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Standard USB chargers don't need to be MFi certified, the licensing fees only apply if they use the Lightning connector.
I'm guessing that this would include the Lightning connector so that it could be connected to the iPhone. But I guess that would ultimately depend on what was actually meant by "charger".
 

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I'm guessing that this would include the Lightning connector so that it could be connected to the iPhone. But I guess that would ultimately depend on what was actually meant by "charger".
Surely you know what a USB charger is?

The Lightning cable should be MFi certified as it's using Apple's proprietary connector but the charger doesn't need to be unless it has a fixed cable (and then it isn't a USB charger).
 

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Surely you know what a USB charger is?

The Lightning cable should be MFi certified as it's using Apple's proprietary connector but the charger doesn't need to be unless it has a fixed cable (and then it isn't a USB charger).
Well, that's why I mentioned that it depends on what is meant by "charger". Many times people mean power adapter and cable by that, other times just the cable (or just the power adapter), other times it's a portable battery (with or without the cable) that can be used to charge the phone, etc. Generally speaking, based on how it ends up being used more often than not in discussions, I usually go with the assumption of it being the fist one--power adapter and cable--unless there's perhaps something in particular to indicate otherwise.
 
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