Mobile phones have become a part and parcel of daily life. It might be difficult to find a duplicate mobile phone but almost all mobile phone accessories have been duplicated. Mobile phone accessories are replaced more often due to various reasons from being misplaced to malfunctioning due to over usage or just to have an extra one lying around. Due to increased demand for these accessories they have been duplicated by unauthorized third parties. They may all look alike, and by their looks one might not even be able to differentiate between them.
Companies in order to safeguard their products and proprietary rights, nowadays manufacture model specific accessories meaning that the same accessories cannot be used with other models or more so that just about any accessory cannot replace the OEM accessories. Nevertheless their duplicates are available. It would be in the best interest of the customer to use accessories by the OEM or accessories certified by them. The drawbacks of using unauthorized accessories are many.
Poor material: When duplicated, the accessory most often will not be as good as that of the original, in order to make it cheaply available.
Poor data transfer: The data transfer rates may be slower due to poor quality of cables.
Charging issues: Poor charging or slow charging might be the most harmless of apparent problems, but has the potential to damage the very device itself.
Battery over heating also will result in damage to the equipment.
Non-functional and without guarantee. These products might fail to function even when just out of the pack.
Lightning cables a proprietary product of Apple inc., designed to charge and sync their devices came with an authentication chip in the connector, but was soon cracked. Eventually even apple lightning cable was duplicated by third parties. As a solution to this issue and in the interest of their buyers they came up with Apple MFi certification program, i.e. Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod. Any third party companies manufacturing lightning cables can apply for Apple Mfi certification. The company has to make a significant investment to have their products certified.
Apple takes great care for certification and puts the product through rigorous testing. Once certified the product is safe for iPhone/iPad/iPod users. The Mfi certified products are expensive enough due to high quality and also to cover the cost of certification.
Mfi certified third parties offer a wide range of lightning cables that are as good as the OEM’s accessories. The customer, if opting for a third party accessory can look for the Mfi certification on the product specifications and also double check on the Mfi approval website which provides a list of the Mfi certified products. Certain Mfi certified parties are as confident enough to offer a life time warranty on their products. If their product fails due to any reason, the customer only has to send it back to them to have it replaced. Now that is quite impressive and reliable.