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8 year old's Apple iPad charger shocks Dad, sends him flying across the room

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8 year old's Apple iPad charger shocks Dad, sends him flying across the room
A story out of the U.K. this morning could have been more tragic, and as it turned out, the events still left a father's fingers burned. Eight-year old Chloe Gillooley owns an Apple iPad. Nothing unusual about that. After all, many children these days own a tablet and a smartphone. Last Saturday, Chloe was at her grandmother's home in Widnes, Cheshire along with her 34 year old dad, Tim.

At some point in the afternoon, Chloe asked her dad to unplug her iPad for her. Tim, who was coming out of the bathroom, received what was described as a "massive electric shock" that sent him flying across the room and left him with blackened fingers. The scariest part of the whole ordeal for the dad came when he realized that the severity of the shock probably would have meant death for his daughter, had she been the one who was hit by the electricity.

"There was a huge bang and it blew me across the room. I was in shock. I was hysterically laughing for about two minutes. It was a bad shock that went down my arm. My mum was panicking and Chloe burst into tears. Nine times out of 10, Chloe would have gone to get it herself. I think it would have killed her."-Tim Gillooley

Before you start to fear going near your Apple iPad without brandishing a cross or holding some garlic, there were some warning signs. Gillooley had purchased the slate from the Apple Store in Liverpool for Chloe's birthday last November and when it developed problems with the charger, he returned the device to the store where he was told that there was nothing wrong with the tablet itself or the charger. But Gillooley dug deep into his pocket anyway and purchased an official Apple branded lightning cable.

Apple is investigating the claim and has requested that Gillooley send them the remains of the charger. The incident has left this U.K. family wary of touching their Apple products. "We were big fans of Apple but I won’t let my daughter near her iPhone if it’s a ticking time bomb," Gillooley said.

This becomes the latest incident in a series of electric shocks that have killed and injured some Apple iPhone and iPad users. Apple has updated its website in China to show consumers there what an officially branded Apple charger looks like. The Cupertino based manufacturer also has started a trade-in program offering discounted Apple branded chargers to those who turn in their third party plugs and cables.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: DailyMail

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posted on 28 Aug 2013, 09:47 44

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Apple : "You're charging it wrong!"

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:03 5

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Ha ha ha ha...

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 11:31 8

18. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

I stopped reading after i got to the part where he was "blown across the room"? Waaa... What kind of voltage they running over there hahaha ive been shocked by 120 and 240 and u don't do nothing but lock up and go the floor and. .5amps will kill you so what was it that blew him across the room other than imagination

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 21:06

58. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

if the shock was anywhere near what they are claiming it could not have come from the charger but the socket it was plugged into. that sounds more like someone in my area that had metal cleats on during a storm and got struck by lightning. they where tossed about 15 feet.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 18:34 2

50. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 28 Aug 2013, 09:47 2

2. Diego! (Posts: 677; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Was he wet or barefeet with wet hands when he did that??? If not, Apple is very responsible for this. They should improve security in their products!

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:00 12

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Trying to catch a case to pay for his daughters braces..

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 11:43 1

19. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

And a Lap-Band. BA-Zinggg hahahaha

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 12:08 4

22. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

The money would be better spent on a stint at Jenny Craig (for both of them).

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 13:15

34. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

LOL… exactly what I was thinking!

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:00 2

4. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Various shocking hazards and recently, a group managed to sneak malware into the App Store. Definitely not a good time to be Apple with this kind of publicity. Serves them right anyway, for all their grandiose talk, they're no better than the competition that they try to sully with aggressive bully tactics and name calling.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:00 8

5. Sauce (unregistered)

As an electrician, I'm pretty sure a shock from a small 10w bzP can not send someone "flying" across the room, especially a man that size. A little buzz is more like it.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:15 9

11. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

This story originating from the UK and viewing the adaptor electrical configuration of said adaptor, as an electrician, you may take note that it is most likely a 220v/50hz rating. Nothing to mess with. The amount of charred residue, leads me to believe that this adaptor had a dead short powerful enough to cause considerable heath risk or death if handled wrong. I would say equivalent to getting a shock from a high voltage capacitor. Deaths have occurred from such.

John B.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:28 6

12. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

I can't exactly argue with this since it looks like a bad short, but I've shocked myself a lot of times on 120v by touching one leg of 240 on a/c units. It isn't fun but I never get sent across a person's yard either.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:46 3

14. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

No. It's not fun at all. I've been railed several times from one leg of 208 and 240v. One time did send me to the hospital when I was an apprentice technician. I didn't fly across the room but was knocked unconscious. If this gentleman was wet, I could very well understand a greater danger and jolt to send him back a couple of feet. Air is a good insulator and when getting zapped gives you better chance to overcome from pulling back reflex. Water conductivity, not so much.

John B.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:57 6

16. Sauce (unregistered)

My point being - highly unlikely to be sent flying across his room. If just one piece of this story is fiction, what does that lead us to think about the entire situation? I sense a case settlement.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 12:15 1

24. stealthd (unregistered)

It's still a 10W power adapter, the only way for you to get a high power shock is for there to be a short circuit, and how he would have gotten such a shock is still a mystery.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 12:56 1

30. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

If you look closely, you will see that the burn marks on the cover appear to correlate with an origination of the terminals of the adaptor which plugs into the wall. This is line input(220v); not the 10 watt output. This leads me to believe that there maybe a legitimate failure here. I agree, this story is still a mystery regardless. I'd be interested to hear the outcome.

John B.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 14:19

40. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Stories get exaggerated. I remember once at work we had a leaking propane line. All it did was ice up around the leak, we isolated the area, blocked in the line and repaired it with fire/rescue standing by. But it was near our front gate, so the public could see the activity.

The next day in the local paper, a neighbor reported hearing a big bang and seeing a big fireball. Neither happpened.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 16:13

45. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

This is obviously fake and hes trying to get some free $.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 18:55

53. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Okay electricians... you're forgetting something. You're electricians. This was just a user picking up a device.

Now while I'm sure you don't exactly expect to be shocked, you are aware of the dangers of your occupation and the idea of receiving a shock is still swimming around your brain. I'd expect also some kind of grounding or safety gear to have been involved in your profession.

So again, this was just a guy unassumingly picking up a consumer product. So when he says "shock" sending him across the room, I don't think he means shock as in the electricity, I think he means the shock as in the sudden event occurring.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:03 6

6. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I'm still amazed that parents will purchase powerful internet tools such as tablets and smartphones for children this young, let alone not supervising them during operation.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:37

13. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

I don't know these people, and I didn't let my daughter have a phone at all at that age, but if you're letting them use a desktop PC (remember those?), how is a tablet or smartphone any more "powerful"? It is rarely the device that is at issue, but the information they have access to. And your statement has nothing to do with the electricity issue. Do you let your kids turn on a light switch?

I'd be asking if anyone ever taught her how to properly plug or unplug any electrical device. On the other hand, a great many adults don't know how to do it either, and tend to yank on cords.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 13:16 1

35. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Ibap, it really had nothing to do with the article. It is more of an ethical proceeding. Parents are so quick to jump on how kids have grown digressed in physical socializing through outside playground activities or in lacking houshold chores or discipline, yet, allow their kids to interact on the internet without any supervision. Supervision is the operative word. It tends to be somewhat ignored when letting these young children access mobile content which could lead to anything that adults can. I have three grandchildren whose mom has caught our 9 year old granddaughtel doing things she shouldn't be doing. We fully blame the mom for not using common sense. Just hand over a tablet to your child and let her have fun? Not cool.

Didn't mean to get you upset. Perhaps I shall stick to the topic on hand from here forward.

John B.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 15:43

43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Take a look at the picture. It's a 3 prong outlet and there isn't any way to "improperly plug it in", or in other words, there is only one way to plug it in.

With the right conditions it's possible to be knocked back, but the only time ive ever heard of it was from my telecom instructor getting across 480V. Not saying it isn't possible, but sounds exaggerated to me. Either way, the charger is toast and the dad got a nasty shock if his fingers had black residue on them. Good that he's okay, electricity is nothing to mess with.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 16:56

48. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Even 120v is nothing to mess with if not knowing what you're doing. There's an old saying that it's not the voltage, but the current(amperage) that kills. While both go hand in hand, more people are severely electrocuted by standard 120v products, even ending in death.

I'm not versed on European electrical guidelines but I believe that 220v at 50hz cycles that Europe uses, may be 180 degrees out of phase, with a transformer being tapped differently than American configurations. Rather than 220v being across the two hot legs on both wires and the third for neutral/ground, I believe Europe uses one leg to supply the 220v and the other for neutral and the third for ground. The important point is, that 220v no matter the application, is still potent enough to kill. As a technician that works on restaurant equipment, dealing with 208v, is everyday work. In spite of what other posters may claim. Grabbing the wrong wire or shorting any of these two wires, can wreak havoc. A jolt backwards may not be due to the voltage as much as muscles reacting to the current being run through the human body. In this case, a person may indeed be thrown a few feet. Flown across the room is likely a figure of speech by the victim, yet, concurrent with a harsh shock from the input side of the charger.

Does anyone really want to put this theory to the test?

John B.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 00:21

64. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I do low voltage work and you can be killed even from that (sweaty hands and 24VAC made for quite a jolt in my case). IIRC it takes something like 28mA across the heart to kill someone, depending on their body resistance and so on. I'm also not very familiar with european voltage, all I remember (from my boss who was an army electrician stationed in Germany) is their standard household 220 means smaller gauge electrical wiring required due to the lower current.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 00:42

65. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Btw, you may be onto something with the muscles doing the throwing instead of the voltage itself. I remember having to replace a fuse on an autoformer (120VAC power supply used to buffer between line voltage and the device being worked on). I pulled the plug and went to get a fuse, meanwhile my lab partner plugged it in for her project, it didn't work, and she walked away. I come back with the fuse, not noticing that it's now plugged in, and when I pushed the fuse in my fingers made contact and my arm shot up in the air. Kinda similar to John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever.

I think a combination of your muscle theory, along with the lower cycles & different phase used in Euro 220VAC might explain how he was thrown back. We need to get the Mythbusters on this! ;)

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 10:05 8

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

In other news - why do 8 year old kids have $500+ devices? It's called a jump rope.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 13:09 2

33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Marketing $500+ iToys to kids is the most insidious thing Apple has done yet. Kids aren't exactly able to make decisions for themselves, and when they throw a tantrum, most of the time, mom and dad just give in. Especially when they were wanting an iToy themselves.

And then there is the angle about how the iToy can be used at school - Apple has hoodwinked the school system into how the iToy can cut costs for the school system. Until Apple conspires with book publishers to form a monopoly....

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