A Guide to MFI and Non-MFI Charging Cables

When charging your devices, you’re using your charger constantly, causing it to become worn out or lost. Daily use increases the chances of wearing it out or losing it if we travel frequently. If you have an Apple device, you may look for an alternative to Apple’s MFI-certified cables, though this raises the question of whether you should purchase MFI or Non-MFI-certified cables.

What is an MFI Cable?

MFI stands for “Made For iPhone” and is a certification program from Apple used to ensure that producers of Lightning cables are safe to use with the Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad. MFI-certified chargers help avoid damaging your device, charger or breaking the connector off completely. 


What is a Non-MFI Cable?

A non-MFI cable is a cable that is not certified by Apple and may hurt your device. Poor-quality cables can cause multiple issues such as poor construction quality, charging and syncing issues, complete failure, damage to your device, and possible hijacking. It may seem far-fetched, but hackers have managed to manufacture Lightning cables containing hardware that they can use to hijack your device. It can look similar to a standard Lightning cable, but it also creates a wireless hotspot a hacker can use to connect directly to your device. While poor construction is far more common than ones able to hijack your device, this is still a real issue.


So, Which One Do You Need?

MFI-certified cables are the ideal choice when buying charging and syncing cables for your devices. MFI certification ensures that the cable meets Apple’s strict quality benchmarks and is thus guaranteed to work with all your Apple devices. MFI-certified cables are also subjected to rigorous testing, meaning that you can be sure that they will stand up to regular use. In addition, MFI certification means that the cable is made from high-quality materials and supported by Apple’s warranty. So if you’re looking for a charging or syncing cable that you can rely on, MFI-certified is the way to go.


Now that you know the difference between MFI and non-MFI charging cables, it’s time to get out there and buy the right one for your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about which type of cable you need—the salesperson should be able to help you figure it out. And if all else fails, remember: if you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, get an MFI cable.