Apple may ask top-shelf prices for its branded gear, but it appears settling on a cheaper, third-party alternative could possibly present hazards of its own.
Trading Standards, a UK consumer authority, is urging buyers to be wary of chargers masquerading as Apple-approved equipment following a UL report which found that only 1% of the counterfeit products it studied could pass a basic safety test (opens in new tab), according to the BBC (opens in new tab).
The tests were spurred by complaints from Apple that a multitude of fake chargers were being sold on Amazon. Out of 400 counterfeit chargers UL tested - sold across eight different countries - only three possessed sufficient insulation to protect from electric shock.
In response, authorities recommend look out for genuine products by keeping an eye on how the pins fit (or don't) into a socket, markings that indicate the charger has passed regulator inspection or other company logos, and the inclusion of user instructions and warnings.
While many brands out there are still legit, going with an 'Appel' charger over an Apple one just to save some cash can have negative consequences - to include the risk of fire, shock, damaged electronics, or simply wasted money on a junk accessory.