Apple has become the company to contend with, producing one fancy gadget after another to provide a seamless flow to the large amounts of information constantly streaming through everyday life. Like any other electronic device, a charge here and there is required to keep it alive, and while some people might prefer to replace a dying charger with some off-brand duplicate, Apple seems to function best with its own kind.
The ever popular iPhone started its roots like any other device, but soon evolved into newer versions, faster processing power, and a friendlier interface. I am the proud owner of an iPhone 4S and it has always maintained the best performance. My chargers on the other hand have not weathered well, and it’s because I’ve purchased the knock off versions after I lost my original (it had been working for a year before it went missing). They fit the phone just fine but were not manufactured by Apple.
The progression of events is always the same, and my last experience a few weeks ago was no different: purchase generic charger, phone charges and syncs to computer for a few weeks, but by the month’s end my computer will no longer recognize the iPhone as a device so syncing is impossible, and charging in a regular wall outlet is almost always a fail, having to position it just so in the port for the charging symbol to appear.
After confirming that it was a charger issue and not a device problem by borrowing the actual Apple charger from a fellow iPhone owner, I took my inquiries to Amazon.com by comparing charger ratings. Almost all the generic chargers for my iPhone model had three stars (out of five) or less, all of them with the similar complaint that it stopped charging after a few weeks. Most reviewers rightly regretted their purchase and advised future buyers against it. Chargers on this website ran as low as $5 a pop (dock-to-USB cord, power adapter included), a price which seems to explain all the bad reviews.
You can purchase a generic iPhone charger at Wal Mart for around $14 bucks or the Apple certified charger from your Apple dealer (online or in-store) for around $20 for the dock-to-USB cord, while the power adapter that connects to a wall outlet is $19 by itself. I was lucky enough to only have misplaced my original cord, so buying the power adapter was unnecessary. The whole shebang will cost you around $40, give or take a little tax or shipping.
In order to keep your iPhone and sanity running at their best, I would recommend shelling out the few extra bucks for a charger from Apple instead of generic alternatives. Even though it seems like you have major savings to gain, the replacements you’ll have to keep buying in the wake of them failing on you will amount to much more than Apple is asking for one high quality charger package that will last you much longer.