Apple offers iOS device power adapter takeback program following electrocution reports

Apple offers iOS device power adapter takeback program following electrocution reports

Apple announced late Monday its USB Power Adapter Takeback Program. The program begins Friday, August 16th and will allow iOS device owners with third-party power adapters to exchange them for an authentic Apple adapter for $10.

Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.

The program has been started in the wake of two separate reports of people in China being electrocuted after using a counterfeit Apple adapter. It's no surprise, then, that the page detailing the program is available in both English and Chinese.

The program will be available at Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers. They'll take care of the disposal of the third-party adapters. As you bring in your old adapter, you can buy one adapter for each iPhone, iPad and iPad you own; Apple will offer the program through October 18, 2013.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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Apple offers iOS device power adapter takeback program following electrocution reports


It's the cable I want. Let's just say the lightning cable is safe for the baby, but the baby is not safe for the cable. Slobber + lightning cable = corroded contacts
And luckily the oem charger/cable don't have the electrocution issue.

Or you could just get the real thing from the get go... Always buy the Apple product... You pay for what you get people...

And at $10/pop - Apple is likely still making a profit - albeit less than at the original, full retail price....

What a joke! Apple will take back and dispose of the 3rd party charger that you purchased. Well, at least they will replace it with an official Apple charger for free or at cost, right? WRONG! You can buy a charger from them for $10. How is this a good deal for we consumers -- especially given the fact that most of these 3rd party chargers work just fine?

This is a great way to throw away a perfectly good charger and your money PLUS line Apple's pockets even more by buying a new charger from them. Thanks but no thanks, Apple.