Do NOT buy pirated smartphone chargers and cables
In 2014, a young woman in Sydney was found dead from apparent electrocution. Her death was traced to a pirated USB charger that was sold by a phone accessories kiosk. The owner got slapped with a fine and imprisonment, but we think that they should go one step further and ban counterfeit cables and chargers completely.
Sure, this may be a rare case, and it won’t likely happen to you. But it’s enough to paint pirated goods as serious safety hazards. Seriously.
So stay far far away from these chargers and cables, especially the ones you find at the pasar malam!
Here’s why else you shouldn’t buy pirated products.
Your phone will charge slower
You have to understand that not all charging cables are the same. This sounds obvious, but listen up.
Compare the heads and they will look exactly like original ones. Trust us, they’re not. Yes, they might look nice and colourful on the strands, and some may even be made of tough materials. But it’s the inside that counts.
Pirated cables may not have the capacity to handle a normal charging speed. That’s because the wiring inside may only handle up to 500mA. Whereas original ones can to up to 2amps.
Your phone might get damaged
There are two ways pirated cables can damage your phone.
The first is that it can damage the charging socket, because the locking mechanism on the cable is not up to spec. Eventually, the wear and tear will be hard for any cable to stay locked inside the phone, even original ones. It’s also possible for cable heads with flimsy material can break off and stay inside your phone.
The second way is far worse: damaging the components inside your phone.
There were reports that unauthorized cables can cause damage to internal logic boards. A Google engineer discovered knock-off cables that destroyed his phones.
Your battery can get ruined
It may not be noticeable at first, but using a pirated charger will gradually bring it closer to the rubbish bin.
We’re talking about the adapter that you plug into the power socket. Yes, that. Definitely definitely do not buy a pirated version of that.
Original chargers are built to know when your battery is full, so that it will stop giving power. But pirated ones won’t do this. That’s how your battery can die from overcharging.
What you should buy instead
Yes we understand that original cables are expensive and pirated cables are cheap. But based on the risks, we don’t think it’s worth the money saved at all.
Do your phone a favour and get some proper cables.
For Android devices
Reliable brands you can buy online:
For Apple Devices
MFI-certified cables you can buy online: