7 Ways to Check Your Smartphone Charger Is Safe to Use

MakeUseOf | 12/6/2018 | Philip Bates
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How can you check your device’s power adapter is safe to use? Buying manufacturer-approved products is one way to make certain you don’t end up with a counterfeit. However, high prices for something as simple as a USB lightning cable might put you off.

But fake chargers can be dangerous; life-threatening, even. These fraudulent units can give you electric shocks or start fires. So what can you do to cut down on this risk?

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Note: The following steps are guidelines only. We can’t guarantee that any chargers you buy are genuine, and even real chargers can go wrong.

How Do You Know a Phone Charger Is Safe?

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In a rush and want to know how you can tell your smartphone’s charger and cable are okay to use? Consider these seven things:

Let’s look at each of these in more detail.

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You don’t have to rely on official chargers directly from your smartphone’s manufacturer. Nonetheless, it’s essential you get the right charger for the right device.

You could be tricked into buying the wrong one, of course, but it might be a simple mistake on your part. However tempted you may be by a cheap charger, you have to make sure your device is listed as compatible with it and the power cable.

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If you’re not sure, look at the packaging. This should tell you which devices the unit can support. Using an adapter with too high or low a voltage can harm your smartphone.

You might not realize the damage has been done—using the wrong charger can cause performance problems immediately or shorten the device’s lifespan substantially.

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How can you check you’ve bought the right adapter for your device? Just look at what the charger comes with!

Here’s another way counterfeit goods cut costs. They come independently. If you order something online, you shouldn’t expect it to arrive without packaging and...
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