Apple to take back third party USB chargers after safety fears

by Kenny Hemphill on August 6, 2013

If you have a third party USB charger for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and live in the US you can now send it back to Apple and buy an Apple charger for the reduced price of $10.

The move, announced by Apple yesterday, follows reports in China that said a woman died after getting out of the bath and using an iPhone 5 that was plugged into a third-party charger.

‘Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues,’ said Apple in a statement on its website. ‘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.’

Apple has already advised customers in China not to use third-party chargers.

The programme is currently available in the US and runs from 16 August until 18 October. We’ve asked Apple whether it will be available in the UK and will let you know when we get a response.

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