Worried about using sketchy 3rd party lightning cord & wall plug!

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  1. iParis macrumors 68040

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    So for Christmas my mom got me this third party 6ft lightning - usb cord. I would have been worried about using it, but most of the reports I've heard of have been with the wall adaptor itself, not simply the cord. Though half the time I plug it into my computer I get a message saying charging isn't supported, then it works right when I plug it back in. Anyway, so I guess my mom also gave me a wall adaptor, third party. And not just one from Walmart or something, it looks like one of those ones you that's caused an iPhone to blow up. I'm not trying to be stingy or spoiled, I just don't want my phone to blow up or to get electrocuted.

    Any thoughts? Does it look safe?
     

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  2. BSDanalyst macrumors regular

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    Go ahead and use it if you like playing Russian roulette
     
  3. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's exactly how I feel like I'd be handling the situation if I were to use it! I don't want to sound mean or ungrateful, I just don't want to die. Haha.
     
  4. ItBeMe22 macrumors 6502

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    It will ether work or it won't work. It's not a bomb.:D
     
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  6. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's also extremely lighter than the official wall adaptors.

    I dunno about that..
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    I don't think any of us can conclusively determine if it's safe or not by looking at a photo. It's your call whether to use it or not.
     
  8. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You really missed out on all the third party power adaptors that would "work," only to harm the device or the user after a short while, huh?

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    Here's another one if it can possibly show some more insight!
     

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  9. white4s macrumors 65816

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    it was a joke referring to the electrocutions that have happened there recently since the Chinese love to us fake apple products
     
  10. hansonjohn590, Dec 30, 2013
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    I would have no problems using a third party cable. Worst happens, it simply won't work.

    As far as wall plugs, you are 99% safe.

    That one story about the Chinese lady who got electrocuted - she was charging and using her phone after taking a shower. That's just Darwin right there.

    Use your charger normally, and you (and your phone) will be fine. Unless your house has a really ****** third world electrical system. Then you might want to stay away.
     
  11. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    I think the danger really is worse than it just not working, but I don't know that it's a really huge risk either.

    Here's a great blog post from Ken Shirriff where he tore down a real apple charger as well as a number of fake ones and what he found surprised me a bit. Some of the fake chargers had very little space between the high voltage components and the low voltage components... much less than is allowed by the FCC and there is a danger that 120V could be delivered through the lightening cable. There is also a significant difference in power quality provided by some of the counterfeit chargers.

    http://www.righto.com/2012/10/a-dozen-usb-chargers-in-lab-apple-is.html
    http://www.righto.com/2012/03/inside-cheap-phone-charger-and-why-you.html
     
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  13. peapody macrumors 68040

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    Just don't use it.

    In the end, the advice you get here will only get you so far...we are not experts that can guarantee anything. Your safest bet would be just not to use it.
     
  14. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    Some of you are the biggest babies in the world. Use the damn thing and get on with life.
     
  15. 24hrpizza macrumors member

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    lololololol

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    Probably will work, not for very long though.
     

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