Important Info about MFI Certified USB Cables

Apple’s official MFi Certified logo is regularly seen on many third-party accessory packages. The MFi certified logo covers the full range of iDevices accessories. It is an abbreviation for “Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad”. MFi unblocks business opportunity for third-party accessory manufactures and forces them to ensure their products meet Apple’s standards. And the MFi certified accessories are recommended to be used with your iDevice. Today we are going to discuss about MFi certified lightning cables.

MFi Lightning Cables

The original 30-pin dock connector was superseded by the lightning connector in 2012. And the lightning connector is currently Apple’s proprietary connector for charging and data transmitting. A tiny authentication chip inside each lightning connector makes Apple MFI Certified easy to tell. Non-certified or knock-off lightning cables will harm your devices as a long run. These cables can often get extremely hot and at the same time as that might be the source of iDevices overheating.

Non-MFi Lightning Cables

Non-MFi Certified cables can be purchased from various resellers with a much less than a certified cable price. Predictably, cheaper is not always better. Many unqualified manufactures lead the market to confusion. According to Apple, non-MFi Certified cables are not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and are poorly constructed with inferior or missing components, flawed design, and inadequate electrical insulation. These non-MFi certified cables have the potential to overheat, catch fire, and deliver a deadly electric shock to consumers while in normal use.

So many customers who have used non-MFi Cables had their logic board (the Motherboard) shorted by bad voltage delivery. Once a logic board has been shorted, the cost to repair becomes almost the same as a new device.


The iDevices will notify you if you are using a non-MFi cable with the message “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work with you device.” When purchasing chargers or charge cables, make sure you are getting an Apple approved product with MFi logo.


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