A couple of months back, Apple sued Mobile Star LLC, a company involved in selling counterfeit Apple power adapters and charging cables on Amazon and today, the Cupertino company has updated its website advising customers to beware of counterfeit power adapters and batteries.
As pointed out by MacRumors, Apple has warned that some counterfeit and third-party power adapters and batteries could pose safety risks, and has recommended that customers should visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for genuine parts and accessories. It its lawsuit against Mobile Star, Apple found almost 90% of Apple products and accessories labelled as “genuine” it purchased from Amazon in a nine-month period were counterfeit.
Here’s what Apple says on its support website:
Beware of counterfeit parts
Some counterfeit and third party power adapters and batteries may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues.
To ensure you receive a genuine Apple battery during a battery replacement, we recommend visiting an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider. If you need a replacement adapter to charge your Apple device, we recommend getting an Apple power adapter.
Apple maintains that it has “zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits”, and that it will continue to work closely with manufacturers and brands, to pursue wrongdoers.