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Charging an iPhone with a Non-Apple Charger — Good or Bad Idea?

When it comes to charging up your Apple device, there’s a common notion about what charging products are suitable. There’s a fair bit of debate around the compatibility of Apple products with non-Apple charging devices, whether they be charging pads or cables. We’re here to set the record straight on what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to charging your iPhone.

Firstly, can you charge your iPhone with a non-Apple charger?

Of course, you can charge your Apple device with a different brand’s charger (or third-party manufacturer’s). Any compatible lightning/USB-C charging device or cable will work with all modern iPhone models, but the question is not whether you can, but rather if you should.

Is it OK to charge iPhone with a different charger?

The short answer is ‘yes’, but it comes with some conditions. As long as the connector matches your device’s port (i.e. USB-C charger to USB-C port), then it won’t hamper your device or battery. With that said, if you are going to use a different charger, ensure that it’s from a reputable brand or another big smartphone manufacturer. 

The problem comes with charging your device with cheaper, knockoff cables and chargers, which can damage your device as they tend to have a lack of safety mechanisms in the internal circuitry, hence the price. It is because of products like these that you hear about iPhone batteries exploding and phones spontaneously combusting.

If you’re looking for affordable and refurbished but genuine Apple chargers, iPhones, and accessories, check out Mobitronics, who ensure all devices are efficiently quality checked ahead of trade-ins and selling.

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