Knock-off Apple iPhone charger explodes, leaving the victim in the hospital for more than a week
But sometimes, the lure of saving a buck is just too much. Minnesota resident Tim Tyrrell was looking for a second charger for his Apple iPhone. Instead of paying $25 to $30 for a charger from Apple, he paid $10 from eBay for a package of two wall chargers and a car charger. Tyrrell was probably kicking himself for not spending the money for an official Apple charger when his knock-off plug exploded, leaving him with a serious electrical burn that destroyed the plug, and left him with a wound the size of a quarter on his hand.
Making matter worse, the wound became infected, and combined with Tyrrell's diabetes, he ended up in the hospital for more than a week. He also has had to suffer through four operations on his hand. All of this could have been easily avoided, especially since Tyrrell still owns the original recharger that came with his phone.
The lesson to be learned is one that Apple has been pushing since the second of half of last year. While you might save money buying knock-off accessories, you could eventually pay for this decision...with your life.
Thanks for the tip, Izzy!
1. Looser99 (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)
He probably could buy 100's of original apple charger with that hospital and surgery bill ! Man, what a lesson for himself and also for us ! I feel sorry for him... :(
18. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
apple: buy original or die ........... lol ........ but sad n true
24. Sauce (unregistered)
Happened to Samsung and others as well.
sad n true
36. downphoenix (Posts: 2302; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Im not going to be buying the cheap ones anymore myself. My wife bought a USB cable from Dollar Tree (for a dollar, everything is a dollar or less there) and I tossed it after a few days because plugging it into the computer or wall actually gave a noticeable jolt, and it has shut the computer off when I plugged it in. Never again, LOL.
2. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
Wow I get that you shouldn't use third party accessories but Apple, you better improve on this!
10. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Improve on what exactly? Where is apples fault in this.
16. Ashoaib (Posts: 1915; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
You are crazy anirudhshirsat97... where did he says its apple's fault?
Apple is expensive forcing customers to buy cheap accessories.. I myself used to buy cheap accessories while having iphone 4 and 4s... but never had any issue with a cheap item... it is very unfortunate that this guy suffered injuries... cheap charges has cheap material which cannot take load and burned
20. androtaku (Posts: 177; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
"apple is expensive forcing customer to buy cheap accessories"
28. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 400; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
No one if forcing you to buy ANYTHING. If you got the money to buy an iphone you definetly got the money for a 25$ charger. Otherwise you shouldnt be buying an iphone in the first place. Plenty of good phones for cheap prices. Nexus 5, moto g...
11. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Wait wait wait, people want to save, what, 10 bucks and then the manufacturers who are making these counterfeits with absolutely piss poor quality control get away scot-free? Then Apple has to foot all the bills? I'll judge Apple like anyone else if they do something fishy, but this is ridiculous.
How is Apple supposed to improve on this? They already do trade-ins. 'Educating the consumer' is a strategy that never worked and only hurts the fragile ego of the consumer who doesn't want to be 'belittled'. You're not going to convince a cheapskate to get the official charger no matter what you do, and the chinese manufacturers won't listen to anyone. Pray tell, what would YOU do?
19. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 966; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
i think he meant ban unsage knock off of their products cause at the end of the day it's their image not the knock off company's
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No, that's what you meant. He should clarify his post himself.
30. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
They aren't counterfeits. They are simply cheaper alternatives. I have bought them too. Work fine. Same for any phone for that matter. He just happen to get abad one I guess.
And for crap made in china, it should cost $25 to buy a replacement, no matter how much the phone costs.
3. fzacek (Posts: 1623; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Wow, that sucks... However, none of it would have happened if Apple didn't overprice its proprietary chargers so much.
7. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I can get a sync cable from Duracell for about $5. Hardly overpriced.
21. androtaku (Posts: 177; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
if u can't afford a 25 dollars apple charger,don't buy the 600 bucks phone,u shouldn't be buying stuff u can't afford,u can always get yourself a cheap tesco android device
nowadays people can blame everything for their own problem
31. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Again, another person who doesn't understand. Just because the phone is expensive, doesn't mean the charger should be so overpriced. Example, I have the Galaxy Note 3. It is certainly better than the iPhone 5S. But because it uses a standard connector, namely Mini USB; it costs much less. In fact it costs half as much unless you buy them directly from Samsung.
You and anyone who says what you say are just ignorant. Paying for a $600 phoen doesn't mean $25 is not to expensive for a charger. Have you even noticed? Retailers sell the chargers for a much higher cost. They range $25-$30 even for the cable. That is excessive for crap made in china for a couple bucks.
38. androtaku (Posts: 177; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
apple had everything sticker priced in their store,its not that the charger and other accessories are hidden cost ready to slaughter you when you need it
no company in this world obliged to price their product to everyone's affordability
stick with your "not crap samsung note 3 charger" and get outa here
37. wumberpeb (Posts: 428; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Those who bought a phone on contract don't think, and shouldn't necessarily be forced to remind themselves, that their device is a $450+ device. Its inexpensive because carriers can make it inexpensive, so yes they can afford those devices. The iPhone 4S is free on contract for US carriers still offering a subsidy. If it's being given away with a 2 year deal, that sets the perception that the device is lower cost (and for an Apple device, it is somewhat). Working for Sprint, I understand that shouldn't be the case but most customers buying it don't. Selling an iPhone 4S usually means no accessories along with it, they're out to buy a low cost smartphone and keep all costs down at the time of purchase.
As always, you get what you pay for, but there's a sweet spot. There's less expensive chargers that are far better made than this cheapskate eBay bundle deal, available from reputable stores, that undercut Apple's "premium" charger by at least $5-$10. It's not reasonable to blame the consumer for thinking a freak accident can be had from these chargers. Without Phone Arena, I don't think we'd often ever hear much about exploding chargers or batteries across the world.
All this does is that it gives Apple more ammo to say, "You shouldn't buy anything but our approved products at the full MSRP!" This, of course, doesn't have to be the case.
4. engineer-1701d (Posts: 833; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Wow apple loves to hurt people how is it mostly only iphone 5 chargers knock off or not there is a.problem with the two sided charger. 90% of injured is apple people
17. Ashoaib (Posts: 1915; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Apple's fault is this that they charge high prices for their items, forcing users to look for alternatives. This is an apple' s fault, they should earn 100% profit which is fair enough Instead of looking for 300% and 400%
25. Sauce (unregistered)
Which is why Apple is the richest tech company in the world. As well as most loved (but thats a different story).
32. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Most loved? By whom? iDiots? They certainly are not the most loved. That is just a very far fetched opinion.
33. Sauce (unregistered)
No opinion. Proven. Go Google it. Don't be mad.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
He placed the order, paid for the items, used them, all while being a grown knowledgeable man. Sounds like it's his fault to me.
35. ecmedic4 (Posts: 198; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Its not Apple's fault for other 3rd party companies producing cheap chargers with subpar materials, Apple can't control what those companies do, so its up to the consumer to make the decision if they wanna buy a knock off or a better made, safer charger that is certified by Apple for use with their products.
12. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1339; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
90% of the time they used knock off accessories , same goes out to other phone companies like Samsung
5. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
As I said, those cheap Chinese clones must be eradicate immediately. And also arrest those f*cking chinese firms for making such disquality accessory!!!!
6. r3trokiller (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Mar 2014)
Apple should be hanged till death. :P
I'm also using USB to charge my iPhone purchased at just NRS 200 i.e. $2 lol... :P
9. h3nryvn (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
This is the reason why it is so pricey
14. Cicero (Posts: 346; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
You pay the ridiculous high price for the phone and afther that you buy a cheap charger. That's stupid!
15. techperson211 (Posts: 598; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
I think he overcharge the phone. It's not the fault of apple nor the charger. There's a lot of third party charger that are reliable but these devices have limitations .
22. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Just buy a charger from Apple. If you can afford an iDevice maybe you can also afford a charger from Apple. This is not Apple's fault.
23. jeeta444 (Posts: 129; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
not only apple.....samsung also in the same category.....galaxy devices are plastic bombs in the owners pocket....
29. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
here is a good way Apple could help with that issue. Stop selling 4$ chargers for 25$.
Sell them at a decent price and people will buy them. In 2014, 22$ for a usb cable is ridiculous.
34. ziggiec (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
If you can afford an iPhone, you can certainly afford a $30 charger. Quit being cheap people.