Apple says 'counterfeit' chargers can cause fires

Posted at 7:26 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 21:31:17-05

It's one of the first things we do in the morning--pull the cell phone off the charger.

Well if yours is a knock off, it could be a fire hazard.

Katie Skerchock found that out first hand when she unplugged her phone from its charger and says she heard an explosion.

"I stopped a second, and I look down and see the sparks," she says.

She says a metallic covering over her USB cord shorted out.

In a recent lawsuit posted by tech blog, Apple claims that it purchased and tested more than "100 iPhone devices, apple power products, and lightning cables sold as genuine by sellers on" 

The company says 90 percent were fakes with design flaws that create "..risks of overheating, fire, and electrical shock."

So how can you tell if your charger is really Apple certified?

The Apple support page also shows several ways to clearly show the difference between genuine accessories and counterfeit.

The company says for products made by a third party, the proof is in the packaging.

Apple certified accessories always  have the "made for" or  "MFi logo" on the packaging. 

Genuine Apple lightning USB cables will show the words "Designed by Apple in California", and either "Assembled in China," "Assembled in Vietnam," or "Indústria Brasileira"

That information will be followed by a 12-digit serial number.

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