1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar


    There has been a lot of drama lately with third-party iOS device power adapters causing electrocutions. If that little brick didn’t 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 – 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 don’t 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
    2013-11-28 07:10 AM
  2. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 08:34 AM
  3. that_girl's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 09:09 AM
  4. smith01's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 09:10 AM
  5. kalpesh78's Avatar
    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
    2013-11-28 11:40 AM
  6. kosher1's Avatar
    What a sad way to gi
    2013-11-28 02:14 PM
  7. H3ATEDSS's Avatar
    What a sad way to gi
    Train Bjj?
    2013-11-28 03:05 PM
  8. tridley68's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 03:34 PM
  9. j4j's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 04:47 PM
  10. wdpower's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 05:05 PM
  11. luvmytj's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-28 06:47 PM
  12. dagogol's Avatar
    Kinda off-topic but what's that backcover for the iPhone in the picture? Been looking for one of those for ages now!
    2013-11-29 10:21 AM
  13. flash66's Avatar
    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!
    2013-11-29 07:38 PM
  14. Perceptum's Avatar
    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?
    2013-11-29 08:58 PM
  15. imnew2hu's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-29 09:45 PM
  16. darwina's Avatar
    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...
    2013-11-30 12:43 AM
  17. iRevival's Avatar
    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
    Twitter: @irevivalrepairs | Instagram: @irevivalrepairs

    iPhone 4/4S Frame Swappers:
    Don't forget about that sim tray lever!
    iPhone 5 Frame Swappers:
    Don't forget about those screen clips!
    2013-11-30 02:09 AM
  18. bigboyz's Avatar
    You get what you pay for.
    2013-11-30 02:25 AM
  19. medstaffxperts's Avatar
    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.
    2013-11-30 01:02 PM
  20. Perceptum's Avatar
    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.
    2013-12-01 04:20 AM
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