If there’s one thing that we all need to understand about new technology developments, it would be that sometimes in an effort to beat the competition to mar- ket, mistakes are unintentionally made that may have a negative impact on the consumer. Take for instance Samsung, who has recently recalled all the Samsung Note 7 phones for the second time over issues with the battery, which many consumers have reported to have caught fire. To make matters worse, even the FAA is apprehensive of having them on board, not to mention the negative impact it’s had on us, the consumer. After Market Chargers Sooner or later, you’re going to have to replace your phone charger and when you do, I’d like to point out that before you buy one of those cheap aftermarket chargers at the local convenience store, there are a few facts that you might not know. First, many of the companies that make these chargers are outside the U.S. where labor is cheap and they can crank these chargers out by the thousands, and since most have poor quality control and don’t necessarily follow safety guidelines regarding the electrical characteristics of the charger in reference to voltage requirements, or safety circuitry to ensure that the battery is not over charged, which if not controlled properly can overheat and lead to battery damage. Not to mention that scary possibility of it catching on fire. So, when you consider the risk, do you really want to trust your expensive iP- hone to a $5 charger? To ensure that you get the proper charger and one that is certified, simply spend the extra money and buy one from the manufacturer. Charger Cables To some, one charger cable is just as good as any another. But in all honesty, using cables that’s not rated for your phone charger, especially iPhone Lightning cables, be aware that while these cheap, inexpensive cables that are so conveniently placed by the checkout counter seem like a good price, you should know that as with chargers, they too are made by the same manufacturers that make cheap chargers. This means they’re made with low quality materials and are poorly assembled, which may cause them not to fit correctly in the Lightning port. Bad connections can lead to intermittent charging, damages ports or can easily come disconnected from the phone. This is why it’s so important that replacement cables should be Apple certified to ensure that you get a good quality part that meets Apple standards. In the end, using non-approved cables increases the risk of not only damaging your phone, but it could also void any warranty that you may still have. How To Spot A Counterfeit Recently, Apple posted on their website a guide on how to identify counterfeit Lightning cables. But because it includes in depth details, they are too extensive for me to cover in this column. I’d like to encourage you to go to the website below and spend a few minutes to educate yourself on how to spot counterfeit cables so that in the future, you can avoid buying one that could put your Apple product at risk. https://support.apple.com/en-us/ HT204566 It’s Not Worth The Risk When we consider the investment we have in our phones and all the information that we store on them, how much we depend on them, using cheap after market replacement cables and chargers only increases the risk of severely damaging the phone. This is not only costly to repair it, but we also run the risk of losing every thing we’ve saved to the phone that cannot be replaced.