How to tell the difference between a fake iPhone charging

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The first thing to look at when buying an iPhone is the appearance of the box and the supplied equipment. The fake box either matches the original or exceeds the size. The original box will not contain any inscriptions in Chinese, typos, errors or other textual defects. To the touch, the material of the copy is unpleasant, slippery, and also has an unpleasant glossy sheen. Inside, in addition to the smartphone, the original contains:

  • adapter for Lightning connector;
  • EarPods (Lightning input);
  • USB / Lightning cable;
  • adapter for USB;
  • documents and instructions for the smartphone.

The set of fakes is not so rich, it’s good if you put ordinary headphones and USB charging inside. There are also situations when the set of the copy corresponds to the original, but the accessories are dummies. When buying, do not hesitate to check the functionality.

Operating system differences

When you turn on the smartphone, the Apple logo should appear. If the device is fake, then the Android icon will appear, and in advanced cases. the name of the firmware that was ported to the model from another Android device. Also smartphones without iOS cannot connect to Apple services. iTunes and AppStore. If you get error messages when you try to sign in to iCloud, your phone is a fake. It is worth looking through the list of applications. if Google Play services are listed there, and system applications have a “green man” icon by default, then these are the main signs of Android installed on a smartphone. It is also worth connecting the device to a computer. to transfer files to a real iPhone, you will need to install the desktop version of iTunes. Without installing software, files are only transferred to the fake iPhone.


The second way to spot a fake iPhone 10 is to take a close look at the case. When the model first appeared on the market, fraudsters did not pay attention to appearance, focusing on the main differences between the “ten”. “bangs” and a double camera. Over time, the appearance of the copy began to exactly repeat the mowing line of the original model. It is important to ensure that the speaker and camera portion of the display is cut into the screen and not part of the matrix. So far, the Chinese have not learned to fake such features qualitatively. There are other features that can be seen with the naked eye:

  • a real iPhone has no screen protector;
  • the smartphone is not equipped with antennas;
  • there should be no additional connectors for the mini-USB interface, as well as slots for a memory card and a second SIM card. the iPhone has only one SIM card;
  • the back panel of the device can only be removed using additional tools;
  • the lid bears the words Assembled in China, iPhone and Designed by Apple in California;
  • also on the rear panel there is a model number and a certification mark. text in English, no errors or typos.

How to tell an iPhone X from a fake?

iPhone 10 has become a breakthrough in the global electronics market thanks to the top-end “filling”, updated operating system and catchy appearance. At the time of the start of sales, therefore, there were immediately found “craftsmen”, in pursuit of profit, releasing the iPhone 10, the fake of which brings an unprecedented income. Previously, fakes were not of high quality; it was possible to recognize them from afar. In order not to run into a clone, it is important to know how to distinguish an iPhone 10 from a fake. technology helps fraudsters to achieve an exact similarity between the copy and the original.

Serial number

Another verification option is to search for the serial number of the device on the official Apple website. The company has specifically provided for a similar method of protection against fraudsters. Information about the serial number is located in the “Settings” of the smartphone. If it is not possible to open the application and view the information, then it is worth opening the SIM-card tray. the IMEI number is printed there, which is also suitable for identifying the device. There are situations when there is no access to the device. In this case, it is possible to find the serial number or IMEI of the smartphone in other places:

  • information is indicated in AppleID. it is possible to enter the account from any computer;
  • the phone box also has a sticker with the number and IMEI;
  • if the AppleID account is authorized on several devices, then at the bottom of the profile page in the smartphone settings there is a complete list of devices on which the account is used.

There is nothing complicated in the iPhone X verification methods, so the buyer will be calm about the investment. Even if the seller brings the smartphone to his home, no one will allow the device to be activated before the purchase. Therefore, take a closer look at every little thing so as not to get a fake instead of a real iPhone 10.


The tips made of metal can also testify to the originality of the device. For example, a branded charge has a rounding at the end like two even hemispheres, and there are no flaws in its cylindrical part. Even for a device that has been in operation for a long time, these characteristics are perfectly traceable. Under the head you can see a chamfer (3), the slope of which reaches 45 degrees, and the insulator, in turn, is cut at right angles on all sides. In the Chinese version, poor-quality performance is manifested in all details. it can be inaccurate polishing or its absence, a matte shade, distortion of shapes, an oval chamfer, etc.

How to tell the difference between a fake iPhone charging

USB plug

The plastic housing of the USB plug bears the USB logo. On the original cable, the paint is light gray, very neatly applied. On the copy, the image is dark gray and has fuzzy borders.

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The connector itself is also quite remarkable. The outer part of the original cable has only two holes on the side with the USB logo. A fake can contain four. You should also pay attention to the metal joints on the opposite side of the connector. They are visible, but in the original cable, the parts fit very tightly to each other. In addition, the joints are trapezoidal and equidistant from the edges. The contacts themselves are gold-plated.

The cover of the plug can give a fake. The metal tip of the original cable has a smooth polish, the unofficial one has a rough surface. If you look inside the convector, you can see the flat back. The copy may have grooves and holes.

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How to distinguish an original Apple iPhone charger from a Chinese copy

Most of the owners of Apple products are faced with the need to purchase additional charging. The reasons may be different, for example, someone wants to have a spare charger at work, someone does not want to take the main charge to the garden, fearing to lose it there, and someone has completely lost the charge and now needs new. But before purchasing this device, the question arises. to give preference to the original device or the Chinese analogue? Of course, every specialist will recommend a branded Apple USB Power Adapter, but how to understand that a person is buying it? What if the seller slips him a product from a Chinese manufacturer? In order not to be deceived, it is necessary to know the main differences between the brand name and the Chinese one. It is noteworthy that even visually you can determine where the original is and where the copy is. So, the photo shows two charges: on the left. Chinese, and on the right. the original.

and 6. Marking

On a real recharge there is the following inscription. “Designed by Apple in California”. In addition, what the model is called (5) should be written. This inscription is often found on Chinese products. “by for Apple”. By the way, if the fake is made with high quality, then there may be the same inscription as on the original, so you should not rely only on this factor. Below on the fake device there is no mention of the manufacturing plant, i.e. Flextronics, and the word “China” may be illegible. The operating tips icons (6) don’t look as they should, but in reality there are a lot of differences. However, if the consumer has nothing to compare with, then they can be considered original. The fact is that Chinese manufacturers did not bother for the sake of trifles and instead of the letter “N” they wrote a completely incomprehensible symbol.

USB port

If you look inside the connector, you will notice that the branded product has markings (9), but the non-original copy does not. In addition, if you insert the cord, then it will adjoin the real charger directly, and to the fake one. at an angle.

As you can see, the real product from Apple is much different from the Chinese copy. The main thing is to look closely. But in many cases, the iPhone breaks down due to a non-original charger. Consequently, saving on this gadget can lead to even more costs.

Lightning connector

Next, you should pay attention to the constituent elements of the accessory: on each of them there are features by which you can distinguish a fake. The original Lightning plug is one-piece. made of a single metal element. A fake connector consists of several parts. The metal tip of the original is pressed very neatly into the plastic case, while the copy has noticeable gaps. The size of the proprietary connector is 7.7 x 12 mm, for copies it may vary.

Next, you should examine the contacts. On a certified cable, they are even and practically do not stand out above the surface of the connector, the contact boundaries are round. The metal contact itself is painted gray, fakes are light and dark.

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How to tell the difference between a fake iPhone power adapter from an unknown manufacturer and an original Apple USB Power Adapter MD813ZM / A?

Let’s see if it is difficult or simple.

The original comes in a cardboard box, it looks like this:

As you can see, the box is sealed and you cannot do without damaging (cutting) the plastic sticker at the top of the box.

The fake adapter comes in an unnamed transparent plastic envelope bag:

It is simply sealed with a sticky strip on cellophane:

The original has inside: the adapter itself, inserted into the cardboard:

Have a fake inside the package. only the adapter itself.

Both adapters are covered with a protective film, they differ by a peel-off tab (fake on the right).

The original has a label that is shorter than the adapter and is transparent, for a fake, the label is full length and white dots are visible.

Comparison of the adapters themselves (all the photos are fake on the right):

The dimensions and appearance from afar are practically indistinguishable, if you look closely (especially in sunlight), you will notice that the body of the original is completely white, and the fake has a very slightly beige-gray-pinkish of some kind:

The plastic insert in the USB connector of the original is again whiter:

But most of all they differ from the side of the fork:

The original has large letters С∈, the original has an outline font, and the fake has a solid fill. Also, the fake is missing the inscription at the bottom after Made in China. Flextronics and inscriptions above (above the letters С∈). Designed by Apple in California Model A1400

If you take a closer look, you will notice that the metal parts of the Apple plug are perfectly polished.,

and the fake has scuffs (micro-scratches)

Both adapters were tested with the original cables from the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Both charge the devices, but, as it seemed to me, the charging was slightly faster from the original adapter.

That is, in principle, everything. As you have noticed, it is not difficult to distinguish an original from a fake (even without packaging), but you need to be careful. And in any case, do not trust unscrupulous sellers who claim to be without packaging. is it OEM or is it 100% copy of the original. The consequences will be as follows:

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Not so long ago, reviews of a similar plan have already been published: Comparison of the original and fake Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter and Comparison of the original Apple MD813ZM / A iPhone charging and counterfeit. In this review, we will compare 60W power adapters for MacBook Pro 13 “with MagSafe connector made by Apple (MC461Z / A) and an unknown manufacturer. For the sake of justice, it should be noted that a non-original adapter cannot be directly called a fake, there is no logo or Apple labels. Just outwardly (from afar) they are very similar. Therefore, we will call this product a copy (although the essence of the matter does not change.) It is embarrassing that this copy does not contain any information by whom (which company) produced the adapter. order.

The Apple adapter comes in a quality white cardboard box, sealed entirely in a thin plastic wrap

with name, model, serial number and country. manufacturer

The copy is packed in a nondescript box made of ordinary cardboard, not sealed with anything

and having only one inscription (sticker) with very 🙂 brief characteristics

After removing the protective film from the original box, you can see that it is made in the form of a pencil case.

Having opened it completely, the first thing we notice is the instruction in a plastic bag.

In addition to the adapter with a cable attached to it, the kit includes a plug (for direct connection to the network) and an extension cable (used if the socket is far from the laptop).

Opening the box with a copy, we see only the adapter itself, which is first packed in a bag with air bubbles,

and then. in a simple plastic bag. It is also noticeable that the plug is immediately inserted into the adapter, there is no extension cable.

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The original cable is tightened with transparent tape at the copy. tied with white wire

The body of the original adapter itself is covered with a protective film on all sides (except for the corners),

the copy is not very neatly wrapped in just a transparent tape

MagSafe. the connector from Apple is covered with a film and protected by a plastic cover, from the copy. film only

Firstly: the body of the original has a depressed image of an apple on 2 sides, near the copy. nothing like this

Secondly: the metal guide of the fork is perfectly polished on the original, on the copy. all in some scratches and roughness. Also, the original has a serial number next to it, in a small recessed rectangle, and a copy. not.

Thirdly: on the side where the cable comes out, there is an incomprehensible sticker on the copy (although, it seems, this is the date of manufacture), the original has everything clean.

And fourthly: the information labels on the original are located on two side parts,

Yes, the forks are also different, and quite significantly: in all photos (only in this section) the original is on the left, the copy is on the right.

Plus, on the gray part of the original there are embossed inscriptions, and in the groove there is some kind of digital designation

Distinguishing the original power adapter from the copy is not difficult in this case. With or without a box, it’s all the same, there are too many differences. I didn’t check the performance of the copy (although I personally consider it to be a fake). testing for a short period of time will still give nothing. Non-original s / u can last quite a long time, or they can burn out in 2-3 days. This is already a lottery. I am personally not a supporter of such experiments. After all, this is still an electrician, and no joke with that. In principle, these differences apply to other adapters (45W and 85W).

P.S. Thanks to our reader who sent a photo of the original MC461LL / A power supply, i.e. the same product, only for the American market. The box is not white, but black. Well, the fork eats, but it’s also American

Otherwise, everything is the same: body, apples, inscriptions. Thanks again


All the contents of the box should lie nicely and evenly in their grooves. The wires are held together with a transparent film, the ends of which are connected evenly. What is included in the iPhone X package: the phone itself, Lightning. adapter, branded wireless EarPods headphones, USB adapter for power, cable, device passport.

IPhone X appearance

After examining the box, examine the phone. Suddenly it turns out that the box is from the original, and inside is a fake. Scammers will stop at nothing to get their profit.

In very primitive copies of the iPhone X, you can find an antenna for watching TV or USB charging. Also, the phone will be able to put a second SIM card or memory card. All this is not typical for the original iPhones in principle. We are generally silent about the removable back cover. It was originally screwed on with screws.

If these details are not found in the sample you are considering, then check a couple more points:

  • whether there is a protective film on the screen of the device. If the answer is yes, we return the fake to the seller.
  • look at the back cover of the device. In fakes, it can be empty, without inscriptions. The original cover has a branded “apple”, as well as a serial number and IMEI.

How to distinguish an original iPhone X from a copy

The iPhone X has been around for years. And until now serious passions are boiling around him. Although the screen without borders is not a novelty for users, manufacturers have endowed their brainchild with unique chips. Therefore, it cannot be said that the creators of the iPhone X are repeating their South Korean competitors.

Among the innovations, the Face ID function can be noted. the phone scans and recognizes the face of its owner, happily greeting him with its bright color screen. In addition to the new body design, the phone was equipped with an improved camera of its kind and emoji were revived.

Since the smartphone screen has no boundaries, the front side is made entirely of glass. Or almost completely.

During the time that the iPhone X has been on sale, Chinese craftsmen have managed to study its appearance inside and out. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to distinguish the last copies from the original in appearance. But still, there are some tricks that allow you to calculate the fake.

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OS check

If you cannot find fault with the appearance of the device, then check its internal component. Just turn on your smartphone and browse the menu.

  • As you turn on your device, notice how it greets you. If it’s fake, the Android logo may appear instead of the Apple logo.

Find the operating system information in the setup menu. basic. about your device. It should be labeled iOS 11. Other letters and numbers indicate a different operating system. The serial number of the device can also be found there. We compare it with the one on the box. Then we punch on the Internet on the official website. If the site provides information about the iPhone, then everything is fine. An error message is a reason to doubt the originality of the device.

Although the iPhone X’s screen is all glass, the manufacturers have left a small black niche on it at the top. This camera area is not part of the screen. Copymakers don’t yet have the ability to create screens like this on their creations. Therefore, on a rectangular screen, using the program, they simply paint this area with black. Turning on the device immediately shows a black rectangular frame. That is, the border fake screen still has.

Remember, too, that Original iPhones are made with premium materials. Therefore, they cannot be very cheap. Low price. a reason to doubt the quality of the device offered to you.

If you don’t have that kind of money on the iPhone X, then our tips will definitely come in handy at the time of purchase.

Original Apple charging vs copy. design differences

To start, as expected, is from external differences. Let’s not ignore the packaging of adapters, because it is also important and can give us an idea of ​​which adapter is in front of us. original or not.

A copy of Apple’s charging arrived to us in an ordinary plastic bag, although there are options of better, almost “luxury quality” in the package and with all the inscriptions / seals. In this case, you should pay attention to the printing house, plastic tape, because in the original adapter it comes without any perforation, unlike a copy. The original adapter also comes in a matte film.

Further to the noticeable external differences. In the original Apple Charging Adapter, the plug tapers slightly towards the center. This can be seen on all Apple chargers with a European plug. So it keeps better in the outlet and can last longer. The copy is distinguished by a straight fork, which has obvious crevices and does not look very aesthetically pleasing.

The following can be said about the quality of the plastic and the inscriptions:

  • The copy shows joints, excess plastic, clear inscriptions;
  • On the original, the inscriptions are more grayish-white, and the plastic joining line is located strictly in the center.

If you knock on the copy, there is emptiness inside. We take the original. everything is tightly knit and (of course) nothing dangles.

What’s inside the original Apple charger and copy

And now we turn to the most interesting thing. cut the charges and see what’s inside. First, the original. Inside, everything is assembled tightly, fixed, a plug with small antennae and connects to the contacts. Minimum glue, everything is according to Jobs’s golden precepts. beautiful inside, beautiful outside.

But the copy distinguished itself. The highlight is the metal plate for extra weight. It may also be used for heat dissipation, but the original adapter does not have anything like this. The plug connection is also different: the pins are much longer.

Testing the original Apple adapter and a copy

Moving on to practical charging tests. For this experiment, we purchased a special tester that shows the charging power: amperes and volts. If you multiply the first by the second, you can get the power expressed in watts.

The original Apple 20W adapter is capable of delivering a maximum of 20 watts only on iPhone 12. For other iPhones with Power Delivery support, the power will remain at 18W.

By connecting our device to the adapter, then the cable to the iPhone and we start testing. In fact. 9 Volts and 2 Amperes, as stated in the device specification. Actually, the smartphone receives 19-20 W, of course, do not forget about the possible error of the device.

The copy produces very similar results, but never reached the maximum 20 watts. It is possible that the Chinese simply could not copy the power controller, which determines the authenticity of the accessory and accepts the maximum power.

As for the sound when charging, both adapters were silent.

To test the charging speed, we have 2 different iPhone 12. We connect the red one to the original Apple adapter, and the black 12 Pro to the copy.

  • After five minutes, we look at the temperature of the adapter: original. 31.7 °, copy. 35.5 °.
  • After another 7 minutes we measure the temperature again: original. 36.3 °, copy. 38.4 °.
  • An hour later, we make a test measurement: original. 31.8 °, copy. 33.3 °.

From this it follows that the copy is always a few degrees hotter. Slightly, but might play a cruel joke someday.

How to distinguish an original iPhone charger from a copy. What is inside?

Many iPhone users and Apple technology in general are interested in the question: how does the original adapter differ from the copy and is it worth overpaying for the “real original” from Cupertino, or can you choose a cheaper analogue? Answered this question in the article!

Apple original charging versus copy

The question of saving always stands squarely. But in such a rather delicate matter as charging an iPhone, when a poor-quality accessory can ruin the battery, replacing which costs a lot. is it worth saving? Apple insists it’s not worth it.

But we decided to make sure of this ourselves and compared two power adapters: the first is an original 20W unit made by Apple, and the second is a copy from China. If you are interested to know how these accessories differ and whether they differ at all. read our article.

What is the conclusion from this experiment? And the conclusion is that you should not save on charging, especially on charging for your iPhone. Whatever it was, you can only buy the original or certified adapters, of which there are a huge number of them on the market. As you have seen for yourself, there may be incomprehensible components located inside the copy, and the possibility of overheating is several times higher, not to mention the power.

A device breakdown for 1000, and in the worst situation, a fire in an apartment does not cost 20. Therefore, buy quality chargers and use the best devices.

What chargers do you use?

How to tell a fake iPhone or iPad charger from a real one

The use of a counterfeit charger is highly undesirable, since it can damage the health of not only the device itself, but also its user. This means that you need to pay special attention to the purchase of these accessories.

The original charger comes in a beautiful cardboard box of high quality. The charger, neatly wrapped in a protective film, is fixed inside on a special cardboard. Counterfeits most often come in simple plastic bags, and if they have a protective film, then it is usually executed carelessly.

First of all, you need to pay attention to the inscriptions. In the original, they are always clear, the letters are easy to read and do not erase. The inscription “Designed by Apple in California” is mandatory. In general, the amount of information can be quite large. For fake fonts, the quality of fonts is noticeably worse, they can be easily erased, the number of inscriptions is usually minimal, and there may be spelling errors in them. Also, look inside the USB-connector. you can see the serial number of the accessory in the original.

Be sure to pay attention to the metal ends of the forks. The originals always shine, differing in perfect polishing, scratches appear during use. Counterfeits cannot boast of the same quality, their metal surface initially has small scratches that are clearly visible to the naked eye.

It should also be noted that in the original cubic chargers, the ends of the plugs are always flat, models with round contacts are already a Chinese invention.

Also, fakes usually do not have that milky white color that characterizes the original models. However, without comparing the accessories with each other, it is difficult to notice the difference, which is sometimes quite insignificant.

The most curious and skilled users may take the risk of disassembling the charger. The build quality of the original is excellent, all the parts are neatly installed in their places, the number of them is quite high. A fake can always have a low soldering quality, and the number of parts is minimal.

And finally, if you are still in doubt, then you can seek advice from the service center, whose specialists will help you determine exactly whether you purchased an original or a fake.

How to distinguish the original memory

It is not difficult to identify a fake, since you can check the originality of an iPhone charging by several criteria at once. First of all, it is necessary to carefully inspect the packaging of the device. Plus, for convenience, you can take two packages at once with slight differences and compare them on all points.

Fonts on the packaging

The brand name on the box must be spelled out in even, clear symbols of a black shade. On counterfeit products, the font is often blurry, and the letters are characterized by a certain fading.

Charging weight

A real charger should weigh 27 grams. Copies usually weigh up to 20 grams. Here it is advisable to take two charges and compare them by weight on the palms.

Manufacturing materials

A fake is most often made of low-quality flimsy material, on which there are irregularities and incomprehensible swelling. In the original charge, everything should be smooth and beautiful.