An easy way to find if your Apple MagSafe Charger is real or fake?

April 19, 2021

Most sellers in the online marketplace claim, the product they sell are genuine and verified but quite often, customers end up buying counterfeit products from them. Apple’s very own MagSafe charger is a case in point. So, if you are wondering how to verify if the MagSafe charger you purchased is real or fake, this helping guide might come to your rescue.

Apple MagSafe Charger Original

How to find if your Apple MagSafe charge is genuine or fake?

The MagSafe charger maintains compatibility with Qi charging. As such, it can be used to wirelessly charge an iPhone 8 or later models. Besides, it can also charge AirPods that come with a wireless charging case. So, if you are shelling out your hard-earned money on this new charging and accessory system, you wouldn’t like it to be labeled as a convincing clone. Follow these steps to verify the genuineness of it!

  1. Connect MagSafe charger to iPhone
  2. Unlock your iPhone.
  3. Open the Settings app.
  4. Tap General.
  5. Go to the About section.
  6. Scroll down to find the Apple MagSafe Charger entry.
  7. Tap it to reveal your Charger’s information.
  8. If the charger is fake, there will be no Apple MagSafe Charger menu.

What is MagSafe?

Apple describes MagSafe as a newly built ecosystem of accessories for easy attachment and faster wireless charging. It supports endless combination cases & covers, sleeves, wallets, wireless chargers, and more to match your style.

How fast does the MagSafe charger charge?

The MagSafe charger makes wireless charging a hassle-free process but it isn’t quite fast. When connected to an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, its perfectly aligned magnets attach firmly to the rear-side and charges an empty phone only up to 35 % in 30 minutes. In comparison to this, the new 20-watt charger from Apple with a Lightning connection charges the same empty iPhone up to 60% in 30 minutes. That’s almost 2X more efficient!

How to do a MagSafe charger test?

To find if the charger is counterfeit product, do the following.

Connect the charger to your iPhone. The charging animation should appear on the screen. If your phone is unlocked, check the battery icon in the top corner of the screen and make sure the charging symbol is visible there.

Now, go to the Settings app and tap the General option.

Scroll down to select About entry.

MagSafe Charger Setting
MagSafe Charger Setting

Under this heading, you should look for the Apple MagSafe Charger entry.

Simply tap the entry to reveal information related to the charger like,

MagSafe Charger Firmware Version
MagSafe Charger Firmware Version

It’s the last entry we are interested in since Apple occasionally sends firmware updates to accessories over the air that contain bug fixes and improvements. As such, you can check if your charger is up-to-date and thus, genuine, or fake.

If the charger is fake, no Apple MagSafe charger menu will appear under the About section. For Apple-sanctioned third-party ‌MagSafe‌ accessory like Belkin's offering, you won't find firmware version or model number.  However, this does not indicate the charger isn't genuine, it’s just a shortcoming!

Hope that makes sense!


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