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  • Another Case of a Third-party iPhone Power Adapter Electrocution Reported


    There has been a lot of drama lately with third-party iOS device power adapters causing electrocutions. If that little brick didnít come from a legitimate Apple-branded box, you may want to think twice about using it.

    A new report reveals that a man in Thailand was killed by electrocution while using his iPhone 4S, which was charging using a third-party non-Apple branded power adapter. As MacRumors reports, the man was performing actions on his iPhone 4S during the course of it charging Ė the multitasking is likely what made the man unlucky.

    Apple introduced a third-party iOS device power adapter takeback program in August in an attempt to try and keep these dangerous power adapters off of the streets. Many third-party manufacturers are not careful when producing their Apple look-alikes, and donít take the safety steps necessary to ensure that the power adapter is safe for people to use.

    Two other major electrocutions have been documented (1), (2), illustrating that the problem with third-party iOS device power adapters is very real.

    To be safe, all users should ensure that the power adapter they're going to use is one of Apple's own. While they may cost more, they're certainly safer.

    Sources: Daily News Thailand Translated via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Another Case of a Third-party iPhone Power Adapter Electrocution Reported started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Did anyone notice that these were all in mass producing Asian countries? Not one came from an American company or were anywhere outside of Asia. It's because it's cheap and s***ily made. Not some decent quality like American companies.
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Exactly, Pokemon Designer. I never had issues with a third party charger. For me, it was never about the price. I want Apple to have variety in their charger selections. Retractable, colored, long instead of the same boring white.
    1. smith01's Avatar
      smith01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      Did anyone notice that these were all in mass producing Asian countries? Not one came from an American company or were anywhere outside of Asia. It's because it's cheap and s***ily made. Not some decent quality like American companies.
      Your joking right? Have you looked on the bottom of just about every device you own. Now where does it say its made? I bet 99% of them ARN'T made in USA, except for that gun next to you.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      Your joking right? Have you looked on the bottom of just about every device you own. Now where does it say its made? I bet 99% of them ARN'T made in USA, except for that gun next to you.
      +1
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      What a sad way to gi
    1. H3ATEDSS's Avatar
      H3ATEDSS -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      What a sad way to gi
      Train Bjj?
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Never a problem with my third party chargers I have several home,car and at my office sounds like someone may have been using a cable that was damaged threw misuse it is not god for a cable when you crumple it up and stuff it into a pocket or wrap it so tightly around your hand after time something is going to break down my kids have don this numerous times with the factory Apple chargers for iPods and I phones just visually in spent the cables once in a while.
    1. j4j's Avatar
      j4j -
      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      Your joking right? Have you looked on the bottom of just about every device you own. Now where does it say its made? I bet 99% of them ARN'T made in USA, except for that gun next to you.
      Made in china and imported to usa is another different thing, and make in china and sell in asia is different.

      We always get the best quality here in state.
    1. wdpower's Avatar
      wdpower -
      I bought an adapter from Job Lots. It had two USB and two plug outlets. My girlfriend said she got "shocked" by it twice. I checked and got electrocuted! It was giving off 80v on the grounding side of the cable. Better be careful what you use if it isn't apple.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      Your joking right? Have you looked on the bottom of just about every device you own. Now where does it say its made? I bet 99% of them ARN'T made in USA, except for that gun next to you.
      While that may be true, products made overseas for the USA need to meet certain quality control measures to allow them for sale in the USA. Obviously they don't care about human safety in Asian countries. Asian countries can make quality stuff if it's mandated but usually the only mandate is to make a profit.
    1. dagogol's Avatar
      dagogol -
      Kinda off-topic but what's that backcover for the iPhone in the picture? Been looking for one of those for ages now!
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Touching the prongs after unplugging could yield a small shock from capacitor discharge.... Very likely. But electrocution? Give me a frickin break with this BS! Maybe if you're buck a** naked, standing up to your knees in tub water, sopping wet, and stick the connector under your tongue, maybe then you could get electrocuted. What a huge load of crap!
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by flash66 View Post
      Touching the prongs after unplugging could yield a small shock from capacitor discharge.... Very likely. But electrocution? Give me a frickin break with this BS! Maybe if you're buck a** naked, standing up to your knees in tub water, sopping wet, and stick the connector under your tongue, maybe then you could get electrocuted. What a huge load of crap!
      Where did it say anything about touching the prongs?
    1. imnew2hu's Avatar
      imnew2hu -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      Did anyone notice that these were all in mass producing Asian countries? Not one came from an American company or were anywhere outside of Asia. It's because it's cheap and s***ily made. Not some decent quality like American companies.
      Im sry but if you buy a ford that looks like a chevy and the gas tank exsplodes you dont sue chevy. They did not commit the error.
    1. darwina's Avatar
      darwina -
      I have a couple that make my phone go crazy. Like it has a mind of it's own. Guess I'll throw them out now...
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      Quote Originally Posted by dagogol View Post
      Kinda off-topic but what's that backcover for the iPhone in the picture? Been looking for one of those for ages now!
      It's actually a screen protector. I sell them at my shop. People love them. They have them cheap on eBay.

      http://bit.ly/1b4Smd0
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      You get what you pay for.
    1. medstaffxperts's Avatar
      medstaffxperts -
      Have you looked on the bottom of just about every device you own. Now where does it say its made? I bet 99% of them ARN'T made in USA, except for that gun next to you.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by medstaffxperts View Post
      Have you looked on the bottom of just about every device you own. Now where does it say its made? I bet 99% of them ARN'T made in USA, except for that gun next to you.
      Ironically if you want one that doesn't jam, buy Austrian.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      How do you get electrocuted with an Iphone? Its DC power, now the adapter I guess could some how do it since its supposed to convert AC into DC