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iPad cables and Chargers –> BEWARE OF EL CHEAPO

While it is possible to find “bargains” on eBay or at your local convenience store – DON’T use them with your iPad [or any other Apple product, for that matter].

You DEFINITELY want cables and chargers that are “mFi” certified. They are usually indicated with this logo:


  • El Cheapo knockoffs risk damaging the circuitry of the iPad. Any iPads that sustain damage to the charging circuits WILL incur a repair charge.
  • They also don’t last as long and get damaged far more easily.

More info can be found here:

If you’d like to see if a particular item is mFi certified, here’s a search engine:

iPad Cables and Chargers –> LEAVE THEM HOME!

We’ve seen a number of students walking around campus with their iPad cables and chargers.



  • You are responsible for making sure your iPad is fully charged when you come to school.
  • Carrying those cables and chargers risks damaging both. We ARE tracking who gets replacement, and WILL start charging $$ for excessive trade-ins.

So take care of your business – charge your iPad at home.


Don’t FRY your iPad!

MDS tech has seen three iPads that have been electrically fried, resulting in a need for replacement [and a bill sent out].

According to tech support, this is caused by using el-cheapo cables or charger blocks that are NOT Apple “Mfi certified”.

Look for this icon on the packaging – but make sure it isn’t counterfeit!

All students are given a charger block AND a quality cable at the beginning of school. Obviously it can be handy to have extras at the house, but PLEASE make certain they are quality, certified cables and chargers.


The makes certain that the cables are wired correctly, the charger blocks have the correct circuit protection, and they won’t damage your iPad.

One clue that they are NOT certified is their price –> cables that are $3 are probably NOT certified, and they very well can fry your iPad.