Apple iPhone 4s fatally electrocutes a 28 year-old man in Thailand

Apple iPhone 4s fatally electrocutes a 28 year-old man in Thailand
Apple is beginning to have a major PR problem on its hands as another person received a fatal shock from one of its iDevices. This time, a man in Thailand allegedy was electrocuted while charging his Apple iPhone 4s. According to a local Thai newspaper, the 28 year old was found deceased, lying prone on the floor, clutching a burnt Apple iPhone 4s in one hand. The phone was purportedly connected to a third party charger.

A whole series of deadly stories kicked off this past July when a flight attendant was supposedly killed from a shock that was emitted from her Apple iPhone 5 while it was being charged. The phone rang and 23 year-old Ma Ai Lun died when she answered the call. Since then, a number of gruesome incidents took place, including one involving a shock that was released from an 8 year old's Apple iPad. The girl's father was on the receiving end of that jolt which sent him hurdling across the room.

Considering that most of the incidents involved a third party charger, Apple took great pains to educate iDevice owners about the differences between third party and original equipment. Apple even offered a discounted Apple made charger for just $10, to those trading in a third party unit.

As it turns out, in the latest story, the deceased was apparently talking on the device while it was plugged in. Pictures of the equipment involved in the electrocution show that the charger was a blue colored model, not the official white charger that comes in the box with the phone. Once again, it looks like a third party charger is to blame, but this might not be enough to cool off a nervous public in the region, one that might decide not to tempt fate regardless of who manufactured the charger.


source: DailyNews (translated) via MacRumors

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78 Comments

77. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

You can buy those square colored chargers just about anywhere here in the US and they are USB wall chargers. They can be used with any phone and not just iPhone. There is a flaw in the factory iPhone USB cable. The shielding just above the full size USB portion where the shielding and wire seem to bunch up. This sometimes exposes the wire due to a tear in the shielding from that particular stress point. .

75. lovemasterbaba

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

My friend was also electrocuted by his white 16 iPhone 4G. ..He had to smash the phone to the ground and was badly injured in his arm...He blamed it on the socket in my house...now I can see it's from his iPhone 4G. ..u now makes me feel unsafe handling his mobile phone around electricity.

65. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I can imagine that a faulty charger that skimped on using galvanic isolation between the high and low voltage sides of the circuit could expose the outlet voltage to the user over the negative connection, which is also the shielding that makes contact with the phone chassis. If the chassis is conductive, like the iPhone's aluminum case, and the user can touch it, then electrocution is a possibility. If so, Apple's responsibility would be having used an aluminum chassis exposed to the user. Further, this is a design choice not only in iPhones, but also in Apple's laptops. Sometimes, using my MacBook, I can feel some electrical tingling when touching its chassis just slightly. Without a quality charger, I can see how a MacBook could be a death trap on one's lap. PS: if moisture is present, the hazard of using any electronic device being charged from the outlet is compounded even more, as water conducts electricity better than skin.

50. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Someone just died and you guys are making fun of apple and samsung? Sad to see something like this happened in the 1st place

47. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

So what!!! Most people use 3rd party chargers on their non-iphones and they are still alive to tell the story without incident.

44. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I have for once been badly electrocuted by my fiancée's iphone 4S. From then on, I asked her to sell the phone and she joined me on Samsung plastics. It's safe having a plastic phone.

45. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What a "moving" story....

46. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Calm down man. Oh lawd are you always like this?

43. Eclectech

Posts: 364; Member since: May 01, 2013

Killer iPhones...yet another feature Apple has that Android doesn't.

41. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Apple will say: you have useded it wrong way.

39. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

oh god, again again and again, are you sell phone or bomb apple? :lol: or you sell bombphone? :)

37. Abo3amood

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

By logic the charger was faulty usually the transformer in the charger downs the voltage or current ( I forgot all what I took in physics :/ ) in order for the battery to get charges with same V . which is basically harmless. Unless u have a detached wire or so in the charger.

36. Abo3amood

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

That's a cure for being evil and here u get stabbed back in the heart or eyes xD

32. wando77

Posts: 1172; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Totally apples fault. Firstly the phone is metal and secondly, if they didn't charge such a ridiculous amount for a genuine apple charger in the first place this wouldn't happen. I can buy a genuine galaxy note 2 charger for £4.99 new

30. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

waiting for DarkkkJediii to come to apples defense... in 3..2...1.

31. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Summoning failed. Your spell backfired. You lost 49 hp. You are minusFortyEightWorld now.

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good one Jake +1

40. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

And Ninetysix, bucky, Ardent1, ..... Don't rely on Dark, he won't have great inceptions to back this up.

54. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I'm an Android user broski (Galaxy S4).

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The dummy thinks everyone I'm cool with on this sites an iPhone user. Maybe he should also ask Smurf, whateverman, androiddownsouth, android4u, tedkord, and several others, and doesn't realize I'm an android user as well. Dudes 3 days into being a site member, and already trolling, and making enemies. What a loser. +1 Ninteysix

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post #48, also I'm glad you've become so obsessed with me. Just look at the profile pic, I simply oozzzzz cool. I've got two new fantrolls, you and lame username. Username says "he won't have great inceptions to back this up" In post #40 whatever the heck that means. Dude comments like he's 9, or something. Oneworld keep the attention coming, there's a reason I'm the popular cat on this site.

59. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

darkkjedii arrived, inflicting additional 21 damage. You are now -69World

61. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now I see what you're about.

70. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're schooling woodshop like crazy Jake. Keep nailing him. +1

72. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Not bad for someone who learned English as secondary foreign language and never lived in an English speaking country, huh?

73. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Actually it's awesome dude +1

26. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Don't use phone when charging, some more the iPhone is made with Metal.

23. Tråget

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Yeah, this really sounds ridiculous. Ain't buying it for a second. Seems as likely as the man hurdled across the room. This is just someone trying to give the rotten apple some bad press.

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Again.

15. janjhel1907

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

its not about 3rd party chargers, its about phone manufacturer, even android metal phones uses third party chargers but doenst encounter this problems..

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