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  • Apple Announces Power Adapter Takeback Program


    Following issues with counterfeit Apple USB power adapters that have resulted in the death of two (1), (2) in China, Apple has announced a new USB power adapter take-back program to help get safe and approved USB power adapters in users’ hands.

    Through the new program, users will be able to bring any USB power adapter (third-party or Apple's), as well as the device the user is charging with it, to a local Apple Store and it can be recycled in an “environmentally friendly” way. Another part of the program will allow users to purchase a legitimate Apple USB power adapter for just $10, usually a $19 purchase.

    Apple recently published a new Web page on their Web site to educate users on how to tell the difference between Apple's own USB power adapters and counterfeits trying to be just like Apple, but with skipping the necessary and important safety testing.

    The half-off USB power adapter promotion will begin on August 16th, and will last for a limited time. The promotion will end on October 18th.

    Sources: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Announces Power Adapter Takeback Program started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. sheon's Avatar
      sheon -
      that is pretty cool I dont know of any company that would take another product that they dont make and exchange it with there own even if u have to pay
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Sweet. Maybe if I can find some knockoffs for $5 I can end up with a cheaper lightning cable! Lol
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      They would take the cord as well?
      Maybe I misunderstood I thought this was for adapter.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Wow, so 2 people in China die due to shoddy third party chargers and Apple takes up the cause to replace them at their own expense? Kinda hard to believe, but as long as I get good chargers.

      Time to go buy some $1 chargers on ebay to trade in!
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheon View Post
      that is pretty cool I dont know of any company that would take another product that they dont make and exchange it with there own even if u have to pay
      Every company would do that if their product killed 2 people, the charger wasn't theirs but the phone was so it kinda makes them half at fault
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhazex9x View Post
      Every company would do that if their product killed 2 people, the charger wasn't theirs but the phone was so it kinda makes them half at fault
      How are they half at fault? The phone just conducted the current, it didn't supply it. That's like saying they should also blame the power company for sending the current to the outlet because without that there wouldn't have been any deaths.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I never buy knock offs! They never stand up to Apples products.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I never buy knock offs! They never stand up to Apples products.
      I was like you, but about 2 months ago my cord broke (for my 4S) and I wasn't about to waste $20 on a new one because I'm getting the next iPhone when it comes out which will use the lighting cable, so I found a 4 pack off Amazon for $5. They all work well so I'm happy with it.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I actually really like my knock off cables/adapters, they work great! At least Apple finally lowered the price on the cables/adapters to what they should be! $20 is ridiculous, it shouldn't surprise Apple at all that customers are purchasing knock offs!
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      The problem is, all the legitimate ones I've had since the iPhone 3G have had subtle differences and it makes some counterfeits impossible to identify. My real chargers got mixed with various counterfeits I had purchased online from different sources and thought they were legitimate because they were different from obvious counterfeits I had purchased before. I discovered (first-hand) how dangerous the counterfeits were. Since I couldn't tell the difference between so many of my chargers, I had to get rid of every one quite a while back.
    1. bradmullins007's Avatar
      bradmullins007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      I was like you, but about 2 months ago my cord broke (for my 4S) and I wasn't about to waste $20 on a new one because I'm getting the next iPhone when it comes out which will use the lighting cable, so I found a 4 pack off Amazon for $5. They all work well so I'm happy with it.
      There's no problem using cheap cords for the iPhone 1 to the iPhone 4S. They all work perfectly fine but as for the iPhone 5 the cheap cords for it don't work properly. They last for a week to a month. The only quality alternative for the iPhone 5 is the black cord made by amazon for $14 but it has a bigger plug end so it's not compatible with lifeproof/otter box armor etc