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If you're using a cheap, third-party charger or battery for your smartphone, stop using it now and buy an official model from the same company that makes your smartphone or an accessory that's officially licensed.

Cheap chargers and batteries aren't properly built, nor are they certified by any reputable organization. And they can explode, catch fire, destroy your smartphone, and even injure you.

Still, some third-party accessories are well made, so make sure to read the reviews to see if anyone else has experienced any, you know, explosions.

Not convinced?

Check out these horror stories and we guarantee you'll change your mind.

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