10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

Are you planning to purchase a charger or USB cable accessory for your phone but don't know if it is original or fake? Here is a close side-by-side comparison along with over eleven notable differences.

Many smartphone users believe that using third-party chargers and USB cables does not possess any risk, however, it has been proven from time to time that using fake/counterfeit chargers, batteries, USB cables, and other accessories could be unsafe and might damage your smartphone.

Recently, I have tried to find the dissimilarities between genuine Samsung chargers/USB cables and fake ones to help readers in making a wise selection between the two while shopping for Samsung USB cables and chargers.

Below I have outlined the 11 noticeable differences between fake and original Samsung chargers and USB cables that would help you in identifying whether the charger and cable you are purchasing for your smartphone is original or fake.

1. Build Quality of the Charger

The very first thing you are going to notice when you pick up your charger is its overall build quality. The genuine charger should feel well-built, solid, and strong; whereas the fake charger would feel like it is made of some cheap plastic.

10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

2. The Weight of the Charger

If you take your original Samsung charger along with you when making your purchase for another charger, you will be able to distinguish between genuine and fake chargers just by assessing their weight. Due to the superior build quality, the genuine charger should feel heavier as compared to the fake one.

3. Corners and Edges of the Charger

If you compare the top side and the edges of the original charger with the fake one, you will notice that the fake charger’s corners and curves are uneven and have some excess plastic, whereas the original charger has smooth and leveled edges. (As you can see in the picture below).

10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

4. Joints on the Charger

Both, original and fake chargers, have a joint in the middle. The original charger has a smooth and flat joint whereas the fake one has a sharp and prominent joint. (Highlighted in the above image)

5. USB Connector Port Slot on the Charger

As we have discussed in the last point, the cutting and joints of the USB connector port slot of the fake charger also have uneven corners and edges.

Whereas, the original charger has well-built, smoothed, and flattened edges. (As you can see in the picture above).

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#6. Charger Plugs

The European standard plugs on the original Samsung charger feature 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. (As you can see in the picture below).

10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

7. Micro USB Connector Size

On the micro-USB to USB cable, you are going to notice that there is a significant difference between the micro-USB connector size of the original Samsung USB cable and the fake USB cable.

The original micro-USB connector is smaller in length and is closer to the body, whereas the fake USB cable has a larger micro-USB connector and there’s more space between the connector and the body, which is more likely to get broken after frequent usage. (highlighted in the image below)

10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

8. Micro USB Interlocking

If you pay close attention to the interlocking, you will notice that the original micro-USB interlocks are consistently placed, trapezoid in shape, and have an equal distance.

Whereas, on the fake USB cable, the micro-USB interlocks are inconsistently located and are square in shape. (As you can see in the picture above).

9. USB Symbol on the Micro USB Connector

The USB symbol imprinted on the micro USB connector body has variations. As you can see in the picture above. The original USB cable’s connector has a light-colored laser-imprinted symbol whereas the fake one has a darker-colored USB symbol.

10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

10. USB Connector

As you can see in the picture below, the surface of the original USB connector shell has a small oval hole. Whereas, the USB connector shell on the fake USB cable has a flat surface.

10 Differences Between Fake/Genuine Charger & USB Cable

11. USB Symbol Imprint on the USB Connector

As mentioned in difference number 9 above, the USB connector end also has a slight variation in the USB symbol imprint color. You can see the difference between the two in the above picture.

As you can already see, the differences were so minor that one would never be able to find out which one is the original Samsung accessory and which one is the replica unless both chargers and USB cables are physically positioned side by side and closely inspected, just as we did in this article.

I hope we have helped you in making your charger and USB cable purchases stress-free with the compiled list of visible differences, which one can only find out if they already have an original charger and data cable that comes officially in a box along with the phone.

These differences would assist you in confirming whether the charger and USB cable being sold by the seller and/or supplier are genuine or counterfeit.

Also, if you have planned to order a Genuine Samsung charger or USB cable from any online e-commerce store then I will suggest you make sure that the supplier you are placing an order with is authentic and provides a refund policy.

This way, you would be able to get the product refunded later in case you find out that the charger or cable is fake.

Apart from the visible differences between the original Samsung chargers and the fake ones, there might be some variations in their circuits as well as the output power and current ratings. Keep in mind that poorly made charger circuits with different output power ratings than the original ones could permanently damage your smartphone.

As mentioned by Samsung on their website:

Samsung recommends you should use only Samsung genuine or approved batteries that have been specifically designed for use in Samsung products. The use of incompatible batteries, cables, and chargers may not be safe to use and could cause damage to the device or could provide external damage.


In the conclusion, I would say that the differences that have been mentioned in this article are hard to identify if you don’t have an original product or accessory with you to compare and differentiate between the two.

And as already mentioned in the beginning, using a counterfeit or fake charger with your smartphone could damage it over time, if not immediately. So I will recommend you use genuine products and accessories only.

What’s your experience with buying a new charger or USB cable for your Samsung smartphone? Have you found any more differences between the original and fake ones? Share your experience in the comments section below. 🙂