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Fake mobile chargers can be deadly, here’s how to identify them

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published : Sep 8, 2018, 5:04 pm IST
Updated : Sep 8, 2018, 5:04 pm IST

While brands like Samsung provide their proprietary chargers, there are several manufacturers who sell fake ones which are build for cheap.

Reports have been emerging about smartphones getting blasted during charging, killing their owners. (Photo:Pixabay)
 Reports have been emerging about smartphones getting blasted during charging, killing their owners. (Photo:Pixabay)

How do you know that the original-like charger of your smartphone is not fake? And, it’s not making any harm to your smartphone?

While brands like Samsung, Apple and OnePlus provide their proprietary chargers, there are several manufacturers who sell fake ones which are build for cheap.

Not only these phony units infuse problems in your smartphones such as low performance, slow charging and reduced device life, they may also conclude being fatal for you. Reports have been emerging about smartphones getting blasted during charging, killing their owners. For instance, an old man and daughter were recently killed due to their continuously charging smartphone getting exploded.

None of us want such incidents to happen and in order avoid any mishap due to a fake charger, here are the ways to check if yours is original from brands such as Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei and Google.  

Apple:

In order to check if your Apple charger is original, there are two things which differentiate them — the ‘Designed by Apple in California’ lettering and the dark Apple logo. On fake chargers, the logo colour may be faint or the aforementioned lettering may be absent.

Samsung:

Similar to Apple, even the original Samsung chargers might be tough to identify. However, if your charger is counterfeit, the adapter will bear the words ‘A+’ and ‘Made in China’ on it.

OnePlus:

OnePlus is known to offer one of the fastest charging technologies with its Dash Charger. However, you could be fooled with a similar-looking fake one from the retailers. Always remember, after connecting to the original OnePlus adapter, your phone battery symbol will be accompanied by a flash symbol rather than a standard charging icon.

Xiaomi Mi:

Xiaomi’s Mi devices are excessively popular but there are several fake Mi chargers available out there. In this case, the length of the cable acts as the identifier since the original cable measures more than 120cms along with a not-too-large adapter module.

Huawei:

In order to identify the fake Huawei charger, scan the barcode information on the charger and check if it matches with the details printed on the adapter. Both the information will be similar for an original charger.

Google Pixel:

The only way to check the originality of a Pixel smartphone charger is by the charging speed. Google provides fast chargers with its smartphones and the charging speed is slow only if the charger unit is fake.

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