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Beware of knockoff chargers

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    and I just broke the end plug of a knockoff 3 feet ipad usb cable which I just bought from china for 4us$ simply just by trying to pull the plug from my ipad after charging :mad:
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    Consider yourself lucky that you weren't injured, or that it didn't start a fire in your home.

    If we're going to spend hundreds on devices, it doesn't make sense to me to risk injury or worse by skimping on a charger. We're talking about electricity, which can be fatal.
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    I wouldn't condemn all 'knock off' chargers but $4US is excessively cheap and probably was garbage. I've been using a knock off for over a year now and it works fine. Paid around $9US for mine.

    Notice the accidents the first post cites: The first sounds like blame shifting was easy because of the unauthorized charger. "Allegedly" was used in the second.
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    Someone needs to define "knockoff chargers". There are several third-party chargers that aren't dangerous....it's not as if chargers are super high-tech or something. There are zillions of chargers in use now and they aren't catching fire.
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    Exactly, once in a while any manufacturer, including Apple's, could turn out a faulty charger.
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    Of course any company can turn out a faulty charger; there's no 100% perfection in any consumer product. The difference is, there's quality control at established brand companies, and if there's a recall, you should actually be notified. Plus if their product burns down your house, etc., you have some recourse.

    I find it pretty easy to decide what's a knockoff. I don't feel compelled to define it for others. If people want to take risks to save a few bucks, their choice.
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    "Quality control" ? In this day and age that's laughable. I knew someone who worked for Underwriter's Labs for a short stint a couple of years ago. That person quit because conditions were so bad - he was afraid he'd get electrocuted from the equipment they had (it was in such terrible condition); and from what he saw go through there he'll never trust that UL label again. If things are that bad there, imagine what other companies are like.
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    Believe whatever you like. If you want to believe that Apple doesn't have quality control vs. knockoff charger makers, oh well, lol.

    As posted long ago on this thread: Ken Shirriff's blog: Apple iPhone charger teardown: quality in a tiny expensive package

    I figure people can make their own choices and if you don't figure your safety is worth a few bucks extra, it's your life, shrug.

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