Apple launches trade-in program for potentially lethal third-party adapters

Apple launches trade-in program for potentially lethal third-party adaptersThere’s no shortage of strange Apple-related tales from China, but none more upsetting than the recent death by electrocution of a woman using a third-party iPhone charger. Unfortunately, a second person fell into a coma shortly thereafter under similar circumstances.

With that in mind, Apple has launched the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program. Good.

To be fair, Apple – being a massive evil corporation ‘n’ all – could’ve simply reiterated the potential dangers of using unendorsed third-party products.

However, to its credit, Apple is actively encouraging users to bring in their third-party chargers and get an official Apple USB power adapter at a, uhm, special discounted price – specifically $10 (circa £6.50).

The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program is valid from August 16 till October 18, and you’re allowed one trade-in per Apple device (iPhone, iPad and/or iPod) – subject to serial number validation.

Apple stresses that not all third-party iDevice chargers are dangerous, but adds that its staff are unable to perform any sort of diagnostics. Listen: “Due to the complexity of testing required to detect an unsafe or counterfeit adapter, Apple Retail and Apple Authorized Service Providers cannot advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter.”

Finally, Apple promises to dispose of the chargers “in an environmentally friendly way.” Good riddance to potentially lethal rubbish.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 6, 2013 at 16:53

I'm quite annoyed by the reactions to this on Twitter and other Apple hate clubs. This is a half-decent gesture. It's not Apple's fault when people buy rubbish chargers and use the connected device with wet paws. Hey, step into a bucket of water while you do it, and bite really hard on that cord. You're stupid.
Dead. Maybe. Doesn't make you clever.

Anyhoo, twisting it somehow into Apple's fault is idiotic. Moreover, a lot of people then blamed the Lightening connector, Apple's R&D, etc etc which, all combined, apparently amount to manslaughter by greed and lack of innovation... Do people realise how stupid they sound?
Criticise Apple where, when and for whatever is appropriate - there's plenty. Or show yourselves to be ignorant petty little fanatic sockpuppets. You cannot have it both ways.

barrybarryk  Aug. 6, 2013 at 16:58

I agree it is a half way decent gesture. But at the same time Apple signed the mandate for a standardised micro USB charger, the phones should never have gone on sale in the EU without it.

Though the engineer in me wholeheartedly disagrees with any implication generic chargers are any more dangerous than 'official' ones.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 6, 2013 at 17:16

That lady didn't die in the EU. So, a moot point, though I hate Apple for not adapting to micro- usb.
As to the chargers? Come on, a pound or two buys you a universal charger on Amazon. Amazon earn, the vendor earns. The manufacturer earns. The courier. How much money goes into safety testing?

barrybarryk  Aug. 6, 2013 at 17:31

Using a proprietary charger after voluntarily signing a mandate saying you'd do otherwise is a dick move and it's also what created the market and demand for unofficial chargers.

As for safety testing on cheap chargers, a charger can only over supply the current if the battery it's trying to charge is trying to take it. That's just how they work. Chargers on their own aren't dangerous, they never have been and never will be. It's far, far more likely it was an internal wiring problem in the house and the trips that caused it than a charger and battery that runs at a few volts but it's not like Apple can try explaining electronics 101 to the frothing at the mouth idiots that think a phone charger can actually be responsible for electrocution

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 6, 2013 at 18:14

True. Valid points all.
And again, I wish Apple would adopt micro-USB.
Having said that, I wish corporations would pay proper taxes, too. But as long as 'our' representatives pass 'laws' with convenient loopholes, we can wish our brains sore.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 6, 2013 at 19:48

Always thought that 12V can kill only when car battery falls on your head.
Still looking for a reliable way to kill with 5V.

apcody  Aug. 6, 2013 at 21:02

So you have two lethal chargers but they will trade one in, hmmm cuts the chances of death by 50% I suppose.

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