I accidentally plugged my iphone using a fake lightning cable

SweetMystery

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This morning I accidentally plugged a cheap lightning cable to my iphone for a few seconds before I realized it, then quickly took it out. Did that in any way harm my phone?
 
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Zxxv

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yes. your iPhone will probably stop talking to you. they hate cheap tat. I would give it a few weeks. maybe it will start talking to you again but I wouldn't bet on it. You may have damaged your relationship beyond repair. Your only choice at this point is to swap to android where they are more slutty and don't mind what you put inside them.
 

Shirasaki

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IPhone iPad will reject this fake cable, and stop working with it. I have my iPad mini connected with a fake cable. That cable worked at the beginning, but soon iPad refuse it. Then I simply throw it away.
Tell you what? I don't need to wait, just use apple own cable after I stop using that fake one. And everything works fine!

But anyway, if you run into trouble, ask for apple's help. (maybe a not good idea, I'm afraid.)

Note: if your original cable is in poor condition, sometimes iPad iPhone will probably reject it as well.
 
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Wsidewarrior07

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This morning I accidentally plugged a cheap lightning cable to my iphone for a few seconds before I realized it, then quickly took it out. Did that in any way harm my phone?
As long as you don't see anything obviously wrong with your phone you are fine. I have seen students come in to our office though that have used cheap cables to plug their phones into their Macbook Pros and they end up shorting the logic board on their MBP. You should be fine for now, but I'd throw away that cheap cable!
 

Shirasaki

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As long as you don't see anything obviously wrong with your phone you are fine. I have seen students come in to our office though that have used cheap cables to plug their phones into their Macbook Pros and they end up shorting the logic board on their MBP. You should be fine for now, but I'd throw away that cheap cable!
All in all, try never use cheap cable on such an expensive electronic device. :)
 

SweetMystery

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Yeah, I would never use a cheap charger on my iphone, it was an accident. Now I am getting paranoid after accidentally plugging it in my phone *sigh*
 

richwoodrocket

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Wow. Some people are paranoid...
I've charged my iPhone with 3rd part lighting cables plenty of times. The problem with them is that they just don't last, so I stick with the official Apple cable.
 

Shirasaki

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Wow. Some people are paranoid...
I've charged my iPhone with 3rd part lighting cables plenty of times. The problem with them is that they just don't last, so I stick with the official Apple cable.
That was what I though when I was using that cheap cable. But the answer was: no way. IPhone iPad would reject it very quickly.

Try not doing so. We don't know what those cheap cable is inside, and if the cable contain some basic protection against current. We don't know.
 

BigMcGuire

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My 6+ is being and has been charged most of its life via a Monoprice lightning cable. As long as you buy name brand (Amazon, Monoprice?, Anker, etc...) going 3rd party isn't bad. I wouldn't go no-name brand. Anker cables seem the best out of the 3 I listed above.
 

Shirasaki

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My 6+ is being and has been charged most of its life via a Monoprice lightning cable. As long as you buy name brand (Amazon, Monoprice?, Anker, etc...) going 3rd party isn't bad. I wouldn't go no-name brand. Anker cables seem the best out of the 3 I listed above.
And the truth is: some third party cables are even more expensive than apple's own. For example, one belkin cable is coated with some sort of cable protecting material. This should increase the durability of that cable.
 
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