Fake vs. Original Smartphone Accessories

So you’ve decided to buy a phone for yourself. After a lot of research, you’ve decided to buy yourself a refurbished phone! Despite all your research, you find little to nothing talking about smartphone accessories. Smartphone Accessories that come with a phone can include a charger and earphones. They are usually taken for granted when buying a new or refurbished phone. Because of this, it can be hard to know what quality accessory you’re provided. Fake accessories are dangerous, not just for your wallet but for your phone. So, how do you spot counterfeit accessories? Read on to find out!

Why are compatible smartphone accessories so important?

Most of us who aren’t well versed in technology don’t understand why it’s so important to have compatible smartphone accessories. Fake accessories of any kind can cause issues with your phone and performance. For example, buying a fake iPhone charger for your refurbished iPhone can lead to low charging speeds, an effect on battery life, and might cause the battery to burst. There have been several cases of a fake accessory causing massive damage to the phone as well as the owners at times. So, to be on the safe side, it is essential to find accessories that are compatible with your phone. 

Do refurbished phones come with accessories?

This is an important question. The answer is quite disappointing; it depends on the retailer. Some refurbished phones do come with their original chargers and earphones. Retailers will mention smartphone accessories in the description of the product. So when buying a refurbished phone, make sure to double-check everything about the product to know what you’re going to be receiving. But, this being said, it is unlikely that you will receive accessories with your refurbished phone. You will have to buy a charger yourself. 

How do you spot fake smartphone accessories?

If you have received accessories with your refurbished phone or buying from a third-party, it is important to know if you’re buying something compatible. But how do you check? We have set up a handy guide to show you how to spot a fake smartphone accessory: 

For Apple: 

Apple iPhones are expensive, and their accessories are even more so. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a product to find out that it’s fake! There are a few ways to spot a fake iPhone charger: 

  • Look at the packaging and writing on the product: Original or certified apple chargers will have writing that looks like this on the tags and packaging of the product:

This is known as an MFI certification. These images are to show you what Apple products a particular accessory is compatible with, and for authenticity purposes.

  • Look at the connectors and laser etchings: Apple has a particular way of creating their charging cables and other accessories. Even if the outer packaging is mimicked perfectly by the counterfeiter, the insides will give it away. Here are some things to look out for: 

For Androids:

Each company has a different method of identifying fake chargers, and this holds true for every android smartphone company. In this guide, we mention the three most popular android companies in India: OnePlus, Samsung, and Xiaomi.

OnePlus: The dash charger has a particular way to identify a fake. When you plug in a dash charger, the charging symbol will immediately turn to a ‘flash’ rather than a regular mobile battery sign. If it does not change, the chances are that it is a fake. 

Samsung: There are several ways to spot a fake Samsung charger: 

  • Look closely at the logo: Fake chargers will always have a thicker ‘A’ in the logo. 
  • Look at the back: take a look at the back of the charger. If you see ‘Made in China’ or an ‘A+’ printed, it is likely a fake. 
  • Check for heat: if the charger heats up after multiple charges, it is probably a fake. Samsung chargers are meant to last and do not heat up with repeated charging. 

Xiaomi: Mi chargers have a very specific length. Measure your Mi cable, and if it is not precisely 120cm, it is likely a fake. 

So, from where do I buy smartphone accessories?

Buying a refurbished phone can be tricky, but we know that buying from a reliable retailer makes things much more comfortable. The same way, when you purchase smartphone accessories from a reputable seller, then you’ll have nothing to worry about. 

Buying directly from the manufacturer can be the best course of action. For example, purchasing an iPhone charger from a certified apple store is the best option. But this can be very expensive. Many companies have a list of certified third-party retailers to buy smartphone accessories from, and it is worth doing a little research to find these. 

Wherever you buy an accessory from, it does not hurt to make sure that you are being provided compatible smartphone accessories. Remember, stay safe and stay clear of fakes!