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  • Another iPhone-Related Electrocution Occurs in China


    As MMi reported Monday, the family of a 23-year old woman from Northwest China is claiming that she died after getting electrocuted while trying to answer a call on her iPhone as it was charging.

    Tragically, the headlines at the end of the week mirror those at the beginning.

    On Friday, Chinese news agencies began reporting that 30-year-old Wu Jiantong fell into a coma after sustaining an electric shock while trying to charge his iPhone 4.

    Wu Jiantong's sister, according to China.org, said her brother collapsed after connecting his 2-year-old iPhone 4 to a charger. "He shouted 'electric shock' and then fell on the ground," Wu Jianxiang recalls. From there, she describes how her injured brother began experiencing what sounds like convulsions.

    She said she also felt a slight electric shock from her arm to the tips of her toes when she tried to unplug the charger. Doctors at a nearby hospital said the victim's heart had stopped but they managed to resuscitate him. He was unconscious and in the intensive care unit.
    All signs, for now, point to the culprit in this sad case being a non-original 3rd party charger, which may have provoked the near-fatal electrocution.

    Source: China.org
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Another iPhone-Related Electrocution Occurs in China started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      "wind" up? Hey smart ***, english much?!

      HAHA!! Do you even writings?
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      thank god for micro USB ports !! use any charger you want, electric shock sold separately.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      thank god for micro USB ports !! use any charger you want, electric shock sold separately.
      You run more of a risk because you are charging your android device so much more frequently.
    1. BUcLAo69's Avatar
      BUcLAo69 -
      Yes MooShoo, you have read the article wrong. The family claim not the woman herself . And if it is a third party items, then, there's nothing Apple can do about it.
    1. Scheuerle's Avatar
      Scheuerle -
      So the moral of the story is:
      third party iOS charging devices are the new silent assassin.
      QED You should only buy from Apple 😉

      If I were investigating this I would be more interested in looking at the dodgy overloaded power-board and sketchily wired up powerpoint that this charger was probably plugged into. Electrical circuits are the sum of their parts. Just sayin'
    1. stolenpentium's Avatar
      stolenpentium -
      Quote Originally Posted by MooShoo View Post
      "As MMi reported Monday, the family of a 23-year old woman from Northwest China is claiming that she died after getting electrocuted while trying to answer a call on her iPhone as it was charging."

      How does a woman who claimed she died, live to tell about it? Just curious.
      Serious??!!
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by stolenpentium View Post
      Serious??!!
      Yes it's serious. Ghost Busters international did a whole episode about it last weekend and they investigated the holy spirit and she told them she was on the phone while it was charging.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      Yes it's serious. Ghost Busters international did a whole episode about it last weekend and they investigated the holy spirit and she told them she was on the phone while it was charging.
      Yes. I saw the re-run yesterday.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      LMMFAO they said he yelled "electric shock" hahhahahahahhahaha omg hahaha
    1. Bassvictim's Avatar
      Bassvictim -
      Quote Originally Posted by budsalinger View Post
      I believe the poster you are responding to was confusing the two stories. The man in a coma shouted, "ELECTRIC SHOCK", but this person is attributing that to the dead woman claiming to have been electrocuted.

      Question: If someone is being electrocuted aren't they effectively paralyzed? If the guy could shout out about being shocked why then couldn't he let go or step back? Those cords are so short even if he fell it would have unplugged.
      If they had health issues, they could be "shocked", and not electrocuted, and have a severe or fatal outcome. If you grab a live line with one hand,and ground yourself with the other,the current goes across your heart. It's not likely that you would get locked on and "stuck" to any 110v device, but when that current crosses over from one side to the other to get to ground, and you have heart or health issues...it could end very badly.
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      To answer the earlier post: yes, you are effectively paralyzed when electrocuted. That means you can't speak or even let go of the plug that's shocking you. Either the sister imagined she heard the brother say that or the story is fabricated. Either way wouldn't surprise me.
      People who are electrocuted don't always die right away.
      This is a completely unrelated story, but illustrates my point:
      UPDATE: Deadly microwave was not plugged in | News | Worth County News

      "Roddy managed to walk into his sister's room and tell her what happened before he collapsed. He later died at the hospital."

      I'm no doctor, but I believe an electric shock can cause an arrhythmia that kills in minutes instead of instantly.

      Also, someone mentioned buying genuine Apple chargers - you don't have to buy genuine Apple, any genuine name brand charger should be good and safe. Here's an interesting web page where the guy went to great lengths to test various chargers. He also has photos, teardowns, and explanations on why the knock-off chargers are so dangerous.
      Ken Shirriff's blog: A dozen USB chargers in the lab: Apple is very good, but not quite the best

      Easy quality test if you're using a knock-off charger is to see if your touchscreen works properly when plugged into the charger. If not, probably ought to toss it.
    1. CaliRican415's Avatar
      CaliRican415 -
      Why are the Chinese only having this issue? Conspiracy or just dumb?
    1. almand3000's Avatar
      almand3000 -
      I just keep wondering, why is this happening ONLY in China???!!!!
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      I'm sorry but I LOL'd when I read that he yelled "electric shock". I have been shocked many times by unfiltered 120v current on a 15A line and never once have I yelled anything but ow. It happens so fast. This story smells of even more bs than the last one.
      I got this picture in my head (a moving picture!) akin to the anime/fighting films. Just picture a chinese man shouting (kind of lengthily) ELECTRIC SHOOOOOOCK!
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaliRican415 View Post
      Why are the Chinese only having this issue? Conspiracy or just dumb?
      Quote Originally Posted by almand3000 View Post
      I just keep wondering, why is this happening ONLY in China???!!!!
      I would guess if you live in the country where these crappy knock-off chargers are made, that's probably all you'd find in your nearest electronics store. Also, China uses 220V outlets so you have the potential to be zapped by nearly twice as much voltage as a US outlet.
    1. Albort's Avatar
      Albort -
      Quote Originally Posted by GnatGoSplat View Post
      Those knockoff chargers are usually very poorly designed. I had 3 knockoff chargers and each only lasted about a month each. They also had some weird condition where the touchscreen would respond very erratically to touch when plugged it. I hypothesize that it's because of very poor isolation causing some of the AC signal to ride on the DC ground output and causing interference with the capacitive touchscreen.
      hmm, my oem charger does exactly this...
    1. almand3000's Avatar
      almand3000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GnatGoSplat View Post
      I would guess if you live in the country where these crappy knock-off chargers are made, that's probably all you'd find in your nearest electronics store. Also, China uses 220V outlets so you have the potential to be zapped by nearly twice as much voltage as a US outlet.
      we use 220v too, but mine is not a knockoff charger, so i guess i'm safe...
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Albort View Post
      hmm, my oem charger does exactly this...
      No way it could be a knockoff? I've had many models of iPhones and the touchscreens all worked fine with the OEM charger.
    1. Albort's Avatar
      Albort -
      Quote Originally Posted by GnatGoSplat View Post
      No way it could be a knockoff? I've had many models of iPhones and the touchscreens all worked fine with the OEM charger.
      nope, OEM charger that came with my iPhone from day one. I should probably get another OEM cable to test to see if it is the cable or not...
    1. browne81's Avatar
      browne81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      I'm sorry but I LOL'd when I read that he yelled "electric shock". I have been shocked many times by unfiltered 120v current on a 15A line and never once have I yelled anything but ow. It happens so fast. This story smells of even more bs than the last one.
      I too share you amusement. I feel bad for laughing but come on now. This guy really yelled "electric shock"? Thats like me yelling "falling from building" after someone pushes me over the edge. If anything I will say ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh or noooooooooo