How to pick the best charger for your phone
Buying a charger can be one hell of a tax, I do retail phone accessories and sell almost 8 to 12 chargers a week. I see people making the wrong choice every day not knowing which charger to buy, most at times because of price.
Note that adding an extra 500 francs CFA to buy a charger can make a whole lot of difference and save you from spending double. Even though some people have the money to spend on a good charger most at times they are being deceived by the salesperson, and when they come to me explaining their experience of buying a bad charger I see the frustration in their eyes, so today I will be sharing with you all that you need to know before buying a charger
To begin with, different devices have different charging circuitry. Not all smartphones can be charge the same, picking a charger with the correct charging circuitry is about more than avoiding smartphone charging frustrations
1. each device has its own power requirements and has its own unique relationship with the charger it comes with, so buying a factory-made charger that is made specifically for your device is the best option even though it is the most expensive option.
2. When you can’t use the original charger, look for products that have the technology to match the manufacturer’s intended power and specifications (it should match the voltage on the phone. If the voltage is too low, the phone will charge too slowly and may not even be able to reach a full charge.
If the voltage is too high, it could ruin the battery and possibly the device). Using the established voltage not only provides a faster charge it keeps your phone safe. So always make sure to look for devices labeled with the correct ampere and voltage rating, to make sure you’re getting the best charging experience.
3. I don’t know if anyone else does this but for me, this is the best way I use to test a good charger for my phone.
I will plug my phone on charge while the phone is charging I put on my data and start using my phone mostly on YouTube and heavy power consuming app if the battery increases I know it is a good one for my phone but if it doesn’t increase or drops percentage, I know it is not a good charger for my phone.
4. Keep away from the no-name knock-off chargers in the market. Many of them could damage your phone, but even worse they could potentially cause a fire always check the reputation of the brand you want to buy, and if possible make sure to check out reviews about the product so that you can distinguish the original from cheap counterfeit.
If you have finally chosen the brand you want to buy here is how to differentiate original from counterfeit
Differentiating original from fake charger
1. Look at the plug to see if there is a certification mark like (CE, FCC, and CSA depending on the country) which represents product safety standards. Most counterfeits won’t have the proper facilities to stamp such marks. Even when they have been marked they will look faded or wonky but bear in mind that this is not the best method or the only way to check if a charger is fake or not as many fake products are becoming more sophisticated.
2. Look for typos. Companies serious about meeting standards are equally serious about labeling—and counterfeiters can be comically bad at proofreading.
3. Counterfeit products will always look for a means to cut costs, so to identify a counterfeit charger look at what it came with (it packaging and instructions).
You may pass this off because you don’t really need to look at instructions to know how to power up your device. But genuine packaging is an indicator that you’ve bought from a reputable company.
Even if the packaging is present, keep an eye out for design oddities. You won’t find misaligned text and pixelated logos on genuine items.
4. Check the weight of the charger you are to buy, as the weight of a genuine charger will feel heavier than their fake counterparts. Bear in mind, the wall adapter part of the charger should weigh at least 40g.
5. Manufacturers of fake chargers will lie about the genuine voltage their chargers can carry, this is not only very dangerous but also damages your phone’s battery and take a lot longer to charge.
If you are the type of person who really wants to know what you are getting yourself into you can use a multimeter/voltmeter to determine if the charger is giving out the correct voltage as labeled on it.
6. A fairly obvious indicator of a fake is the finish of the plug. Genuine chargers usually have a high quality, matte, and uniform finish whereas the finish on a fake charger is usually glossy or shiny with imperfections.
7. The USB socket may be upside down on fake chargers compared to a genuine iPhone charger. Position the plug on its back and have a look at the way the USB is positioned.
8. Beware of rock-bottom prices. If the price seems too good to be true, maybe it is.
What are the symbols on my charger?
We have talked about looking up some parameters on your charger before buying but how do you know and differentiate these parameters if you have never seen them before so below I will be telling you about the tiny symbols and logo on your charger.
• Crossed dustbin: this symbol indicates that this equipment falls under the category of electronic waste and cannot be dumped anywhere. It is mandating all its users that the device be recycled or disposed of in a responsible way because of the environmentally detrimental materials it contains.
• Home: This is an indication that the device is meant for domestic indoor use only (supply voltage of 210 volts to 250 volts) and cannot be exposed to direct sunlight.
• Double Square: This indicates that the device is double insulated, usually with an outer cover. This may minimize the risk of electric shock. If you take a local charger you might not see this symbol there.
• V symbol: as you be thinking that is not an alphabetical letter it is a roman number five which indicates the mobile power supply efficiency. Basically, it is a standard level of chargers printed on mobile chargers and these Standards differ from country to country and that is why different symbols exist on different chargers.
The various levels of major countries are: USA-level IV, Canada-Level-IV, and European Union-Level V
• CE: it is a declaration symbol standing for the French abbreviation” Conformite Europeene” which means that the device conforms to European standards of manufacturing certifying that the device complies with all regulations required by European directives for safety, health, and environmental protection. This enables Asian-produced cell phones to be sold in Europe.
CE compliance isn’t confirmed by independent labs, but regional authorities can revoke a company’s right to display the symbol, as well as issue fines and other penalties if a product doesn’t conform to the standards.