Can cheap Battery Packs also damage the phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by johannnn, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. johannnn macrumors 65816

    johannnn

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    I have always been hesitant to use the super cheap 3rd party chargers, and there has been many relevant stories here about exploding phones etc (and http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/19/iphone-5-faulty-chips/).
    I'm going to China and found a nice Totoro-looking battery pack with 10400 mah for just ~15 USD (picture: http://ushadeal.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=73).
    I was wondering if battery packs can damage the phone in hue same way?
    And if so, how do I know which ones are safe? I always go with Apples chargers, but the battery pack category is 100% 3rd party manufactors. Is there any list of "certified" products or reviews of teardowned products?
    I obviously know of Mophie Juice Pack and some other more expensive brands, but was wondering if I could go down in price a bit (and the big brands are quite expensive here in Scandinavia).
    Thanks!
     
  2. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

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  3. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

    eclipse01

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    I had one of the "all in one" battery packs that plug into the ipod/iphone port and stick out an inch or 2, slowly ruin my port.

    The weight of the battery pack slowly made the board disconnect and after about a year of use it no longer worked.
     

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