Are Cheap Chargers Bad?

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Does the Quality of a Phone Charger Matter?


The kind of power supply which you buy does, in fact, matter.  After reading several personal stories from cell phone users throughout the web, I’ve come across horror stories of Iphone and Android users who have had their phones fried or experienced a high pitched ringing and smell of burning electronics. I became interested in this topic after reading about why Apple’s Iphone Chargers are so expensive. Apparently, Apple has defended their pricing policy for their small and simple $30 chargers for the fact that its adapter is much more safe than what other manufacturers offer and it even surpasses technical safety requirements to provide the best quality to customers. Ken Sherriff cut open the charger and compared it to competitor chargers.

"Apple's design provides extra safety in a few ways... the super-strong AC prongs, and the complex over-temperature / over-voltage shutdown circuit. Apple's isolation distance between primary and secondary appears to go beyond the regulations...
"Apple's iPhone charger crams a lot of technology into a small space. Apple went to extra effort to provide higher quality and safety than other name-brand chargers, but this quality comes at a high cost."

Overall, Apple in general is overpriced. What do you think?

Cheap chargers of any kind, regardless if it was a cell phone charger are not, come with cheaper and thin wires that can cause voltage drop (the reduction in voltage of an electrical circuit) and the device not connected/charging. The quality of chargers in general matters because the lower the price, the most likely the lower the quality of the materials. Cheap LAN cables (RJ-45) can physically crack and cause 100 meters of cable of chaos and electric shock. Underspecified chargers may become very hot and even melt or the build up of pressure in the charger can cause parts of the charger to break off! Similar damage may be done to the phone if the phone cannot handle the intake of electrical surge from the cell phone charger.

A leading maker of cell phones discovered that over 14 million chargers were responsible for reported electric shock due to loose plastic covers and exposure of wires.

With all this information in mind, wouldn't it be logical to shell out a couple more dollars and invest in a better quality charger? This doesn't necessarily mean you have to purchase the most expensive charger (iPhone Chargers), but please do your research before you buy a cheap charger. Of course, we here at ChargeAll Charging Stations serve to provide you with the best quality products, with engineering that will only provide your phone with the safest and fastest charging!