IPhone accessories cost a dime a dozen at this point. And with so many chargers, cases, power banks, mounts, and more to choose from, you might be wondering which accessories are really worth your money. While your accessory choices are personal, there is one thing that is universal: There is one specific accessory that many tech experts say can ruin your phone. Before you dwell on shopping that you think will save you money in the long run, keep in mind that this is the only accessory that is bad for your iPhone.
Use a non-brand charger
There is one thing you do with your iPhone every day that requires an accessory that could actually damage it.
“No, I’m not talking about texting on it, checking Facebook on it, or scrolling through emails on it,” said Eric Florence, technical expert, Security Tech. âCharging your phone is something you need to do – often – with your iPhone. You have to do it otherwise there is no iPhone. But sadly, it seems Apple is pricing its chargers unreasonably high, so people are looking elsewhere for second-hand counterfeit chargers to do the job. This is a huge mistake.
There are far too many iPhone chargers on the market that are actually bad for your Apple product, says Florence. âIn fact, there are more and more cases of cheap iPhone chargers damaging devices, preventing them from charging properly and wasting your money in the process,â says Florence. “The best way to avoid this? Look for MFi certified accessories. It’s a program that Apple launched in 2005, ensuring that any MFi certified product could work well with Apple devices.
Miranda Yan, co-founder of VinPit, says another issue is the wireless charger.
âWhen a battery charges, the positive electrode gives off lithium ions which travel to the negative electrode and are stored as energy,â Yan explains. âAs the battery discharges, these ions return to the positive electrode to be used as electricity. As these lithium ions move back and forth, the electrolyte that serves as the transport medium degrades over time. The problem with wireless charging is that the magnetic inductive coils used for wireless charging continue to use the lithium-ion battery to power the device as it is on the pad.
In contrast, says Yan, a charging cord takes over this responsibility. âA wireless charger is less efficient; on the other hand, repeated charges do not allow the battery to rest, which is enough to significantly degrade the battery life, âexplains Yan. âIf you expect the phone to perform efficiently for at least 3-5 years, it will drop to 2-3 when it’s wireless charging. Also, wireless chargers are very slow and not up to par when compared to wired chargers. It is always better to use the Inbox charger that came with the iPhone or buy Apple certified micro USB chargers to extend the life of your iPhone.