How To Know The Difference Between Original and Fake USB Cable/Charger

It’s no longer strange to the world right that a popular brand are prone to copyright issues as other manufacturers keeps duplicating their products and placing the copyrighted (Fake) products on shelves like the original. Most of the time, these products usually don’t meet up with the standard and are as well dangerous.

Fake chargers and USB cable are usually similar to the original and that makes it more difficult for a lot of people to differentiate the genuine product from the fake.

Fake USB cable usually takes long before it charges your device to 100%, some damages your phone battery, while some others after charging like 2-3 times, the charger becomes hotter than normal. Before you fall victim of Fake USB cable the second time, read the below.

How Do I Identify Fake USB Cable

Take a good look at your USB cable and you should notice two holes that reveals the bus/contact. What you should look out for is the color of the conductor inside it. You’ll either find Copper or Aluminum.

Golden conductor: if the color is gold, then it is copper conductor. Copper conductor  has superior conductivity, the metal contains great tensile-strength, thermal-conductivity and thermal-expansion properties. copper has a conductivity of 100 percent IACS.

Aluminum Conductor: The conductivity power of Aluminum is relatively low (61%  of copper conductivity, but has only 30 percent of the weight of copper.)

Note: Before you buy any USB cable, make sure it is Golden otherwise, you will be buying a fake USB cable.

Some manufacturers often use aluminum to produce inferior products because aluminum is cheaper than copper.

Talking About Chargers?

The European standard plugs on the original Samsung charger features an extra layer of plastic on the lower end of the structure of the plugs to provide extra strength and support, which also enhances its overall durability. Whereas, on the fake Samsung charger you will notice that there are simple plugs without any durability structures.


Well, always look out for the features as seen in the images above and below.


If you have a USB cable bus conductor that is made of aluminum, then you are making use of a fake USB cable.

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