Apple Will Exchange Counterfeit ChargersAdded: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
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The company’s power adaptor takeback program will start in stores on the 16th of August and continue till 18th of October. The company has announced its decision to replace 3rd-party and counterfeit USB power adaptors all over the world to save people’s lives.
The decision was taken after a young Chinese woman was reportedly electrocuted with her iPhone while using a non-Apple charger. Under the program, the consumers will be able to purchase an authentic USB adaptor for equivalent of $10, while they normally cost about $25.
Ma Ailun, 23, collapsed and died in China back in July after answering a call on her Apple gadget while it was charging. Although the company never specifically referred to this incident when it announced the charger replacement program, its representatives mentioned that recent reports had suggested some counterfeit and 3rd-party adaptors “may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues”.
Despite the fact that not all 3rd-party adaptors have a problem, Apple has announced a USB power adaptor takeback program in order to allow customers to acquire properly designed chargers. The company stressed that customer safety is its top priority.
In the meantime, Phil Buckle, Director General at the UK Electrical Safety Council, also agreed that cheap USB chargers can be dangerous. It is clear that everyone loves a bargain, but if a cheap electrical product appears fake, it will be a waste of money in the best case. But at worst, it may result in the death. He also revealed that over 4 million counterfeit products were seized coming into the United Kingdom in 2012, and one of the top fakes was mobile phone chargers. This is sad, because faulty electrical products are a leading cause of severe electric shock in the country and cause thousands of house fires annually. Counterfeit electrical products almost always contain incorrect or faulty parts which could overheat or break very soon.
You can take part in the program at Apple stores and authorized service providers from 16 August to 18 October. If you want to take up the offer, you will be required to provide the serial number of your iPhone, iPad or iPod, and hand over a USB charger. The special price chargers will be limited to one per device.
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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
|An emotional strategy by SHITpple to make money. BTW never use any cheap chargers, batteries for any of your gadgets.|
|posted by (2013-08-21 22:10:02)|
|electrocuted with her iPhone while using a non-Apple charger Bullsh*t! @billubakra007 You are wright definitely a strategy. There going play on this "oh I better buy an apple charger from apple If not I could die". There are probably millions of non apple chargers out there and 1 person dies from one(how is this even possible?). So know they can play on it and sell there 50cent chargers for 10bucks to people who would never would bought one from them before. If they were $10 to begin with all of these people would of bought them from Apple in the first place.|
|I still don't understand how a small phone could|
of electrocuted the poor lady. I would figure the
phone either melt or burn up first with a faulty
USB power adapter or charger. Most phone chargers
have less then 1 Amp of juice and the most would
give nasty shock. Can't believe this story many
times I got shock working with electronics.
|To address some of the questions and misconceptions above:|
0.01A (one hundredth of an ampere) is enough to cause involuntary muscle contractions that prevent you letting go of the source of the current.
0.03A (three hundredths of an ampere) can be fatal.
A USB charger provides a nominal voltage of 5V between the GND and Vbus conductors, but that GND conductor could be floating at a much higher voltage without melting or burning up the phone as long as the phone is not connected to anything else.
I suspect that the lethal charger in question (if it exists) had the neutral connected to GND in the mistaken belief that it was within a safe range of earth potential. In areas far away from the power station earth and neutral can be very far apart and easily sufficient to cause shocks.
A residual current device(RCD) would probably have saved this person's life...
|Oh and I should probably add that the type of charger in question would be unlikely to attempt to limit the current it can supply other than by having the transformer burn out.||
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