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The Scary Reason You Should Never Use A Cheap iPhone Charging Cable

A good reason not to scrimp on this occasion.
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While life is very expensive and we'll probably never be able to afford a house or even socks without holes in and stuff, this is just a gentle reminder that sometimes, sometimes, we shouldn't cut corners financially.

Like with our technical products, for example. Because new research looking into how safe non-Apple branded iPhone charging cables has been commissioned by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and NewsTalk reports some frightening results.

Like that a staggering 99 percent of non-Apple chargers the researchers bought online failed basic safety tests. Yeah, not that reassuring.

The team tested 400 chargers, and just three passed the basic assessments for safety.

According to NewsTalk, "the most common issue with the chargers tested was insufficient insulation to protect users from electric shock," which is an issue, they say, that could cause fires.

So I don't know about you, but to me, this feels like pretty convincing evidence that we should buy legitimate products instead of cheap, potentially dangerous, copies.

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And Leon Livermore, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, makes a good point when he says: "It might cost more, but counterfeit and second-hand goods are an unknown entity that could cost you your home, or even your life or the life of a loved-one," he said.

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