Apple wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 may pose risk of electrical shock

Apple wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 may pose risk of electrical shock
Apple has issued a voluntary recall of a wide range of the AC wall adapters it has shipped with some iOS devices and Macs in the past twelve years. The affected chargers - which have shipped with Apple products between 2003 and 2015 - pose risk of electrical shock. Fortunately, the company says that the likelihood of electrical shock only occurs in very rare cases.

If you're from the US, then there's no need to worry unless you've purchased Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit. Otherwise, the affected chargers were designed for use in several countries around Continental Europe, as well as in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, and New Zealand.

If you're from one of the aforementioned countries, you can easily spot a potentially faulty charger: take a look at the inside slot of the charger, which is where the Apple power adapter fits in. If a four-digit code is marked, your charger poses risk of electrical shock. If you're seeing a region code (such as EUR, BRA, KOR, ARG, or AUS), then you're using one of the revised units, which pose no danger. For reference, take a look at the image below:



If you've identified your Apple charger as a potentially faulty one, then you should head on over to the source link below, fill in a form, and Apple will replace the faulty part for free.

source: Apple via GSMArena

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28 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

another high quality product from apple... oh wait

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Remember, like most of this stuff; its made by the Chinese who make crappy knock-off chargers. Even though Apple has a specification of the type of wiring and parts they are suppose to use, that doesn't mean the Chinese won't cut corners. American companies have been known to do the same, including but not limited to Apple. This could be why these are faulty/defective.

2. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

This feature of their charger is very innovative. Another good job. Thank you Apple

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5732; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Edit: nevermind, found answer on the Apple website

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Lightning USB cable is still the main concern of all users... Why don't make it high quality?

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Love my lightning port - would not trade for anything... only the usb type-c comes close (but it doesn't "snaps" in like lightning and can collect dust and lint inside unlike lightning)... How is it a concern?

12. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The lightning cable broken easily also pricey. For those who not very funding it gonna be difficult to buy it.

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hoe is it a concern? Because it can kill people, duh.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

You do realize that the block and cable are two separate parts... and at home I already have a lot of these installed where I'd typically charge my devices: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-15-Amp-Decora-Tamper-Resistant-Combination-Receptacle-and-USB-Charger-White-R02-T5631-00W/205730876 You dont need to buy the cable, you can buy a cheap $1.00 block to replace it. But, oh wait, Apple will give you a free one!!! You can even plug it into your USB on the computer and it will charge... Stop making a mountain out of a hill. Yes it's a defect, yes apple admitted it, yes apple will replace it for free, yes you can get one at a gas station for $1.00.... what else do you want?

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Does lightening cable provides any increase in performance? Of course it is compact and can be plugged in both ways. But does it grant you any advantages in terms of transfer speed or anything like it? It was initially based on USB 2.0. Now does it support USB 3.0 and higher?

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it is still USB 2.0, all you have to do is look at the connector. USB cables that support USB 3.0 are typically blue on the USB end. Lightning cable does provide faster data transfers, but it isn't goign to exceed the USB 2.0 standard. It woudl also charge faster, if Apple would just increase the voltage on the chargers themselves. The cable allows for bi-directional data transfers which is faster than uni-directional transfers by default.

6. TerryTerius unregistered

Apple is replacing them for free, I don't see what the big deal is. They made a mistake, it would be something different if they intentionally sent out a faulty part like GM's decade long starter switch scandal . I understand some Individuals get a hard on at the concept of Apple bashing, but I don't think it's warranted in this case. You cannot name a single large manufacturer/company (in any industry) that hasn't had a similar issue. HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, and Sony at the very least have all had problems with unforeseen flaws or build quality of different products they produce. It happens. I respect a company that owns up to that, as opposed to pretending like it doesn't exist, like Apple did a few years ago with the antenna fiasco.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and the bendgate how the discretely fixed the flaw without admitting the mistake so they wouldn't have to replace. The thing is, its a different story replacing a wall plug and a completely different ball game replacing a phone which costs $800. Something like a adapter is not a big deal for them but to admit something like bendgate and antennagate is very unlikely. That being said, credit when its due. Good job, Apple !

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Apple charges users for more money per item so why are you expecting the quality to be as low as other cheaper brands'? On the other hand people naturally expect higher quality products because they paid more than usual, and Apple clearly failed at bringing user that "higher quality" they deserve

11. TerryTerius unregistered

Considering HTC and Samsung Price their phones fairly close to Apple, and had issues as well I don't really see how your statement is correct. No company is ever going to avoid making mistakes. Price has nothing to do with it. $200,000 Porsche 911 GT3's were bursting into flames, and even more expensive Ferrari 458 Italia's had the same problem. Both were recalled and fixed for free. Things happen, that's unavoidable. Of course companies should do everything they can to iron out kinks in their products before they come to market. But what is equally important to that is how they respond when the inevitable happens. For once, Apple is doing their customers well by addressing the issue and fixing it for free. I would like for you to name any company that's been around for as long as Apple has and has never had issues.

16. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

You know, actualy this is the first time Apple acknowledge their faulty products in public article. I am glad this is not Jobs. He will blatantly blame people first and refuse to admit that his iPhone actualy a piece of junk. IMO

29. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

some issues are avoidable and some aren't the problem of Apple's accessories is that they are too easy to be broken, especially the usb cable and the macbook charger cord. Apple knows it very well but it never use better material to improve the products' durability on the other hand, most other OEM's (even cheaper) accessories have wayyyy better durability than that of Apple's so what's the excuse?

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They have intentionally sold customers faulted products. The iPhone 4 was one of them. Steve Jobs admitted it! Whether they knew anything or not is not relevant to the problem. It si a big deal because a electrical shock can not only kill you, it can also damage other electronics in your house. Have you ever been shocked by 110v or 220v line? I've been shocked by 110v and I know I wouldn't even survive one by a 220v line which is basically 2-110v together. Apple saying it is a rare occurrence, doesn't mean it won't happen and consider many people may not even see this recall and less those locations have a government that requires a publicly made recall...like the USA does. In the USA, if there is a product recall, voluntary or not, every news broadcast agency must report it. This is an FCC requirement. The EU is the only other country where I know this is required by law.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

So, that Chinese stewardess have killed by this thing? Cheap product with high price, huh? hehehe

10. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Oh man, and there I thought I paid the premium so I could be spared by stuff like this...

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This can happen to any brand as many electronics are manufacturered or assembled in China. In the USA this is less of an issue because electronics makers are required to use "UL" standards of hugh quality in their electriccal wiring. Any company found here to cut corners will face serious fines and even prison if someone is Beverly injured or killed. That is why when a phone catches on fire and someone is seriously injured, it is a big deal to know what electrical charger/cable was used. Any OEM who sells a product in the USA that has to plug in, must still adhere to the UL listed spec of electrical wiring. This is why even products not made in the USA, have the UL certification of quality stamp on the sides.If it doesn't you shouldn't even be using it. When I buy some off brand product off ebay, that is something I must look for at work. That doesn't mean products bearing this emblem can't be made with shotty stuff though. But ti will be huge grounds for a lawsuit.

17. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

Hope it ain't true

18. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Apples' charging cables are not that good quality to be honest. Both of my mbp and Mba cables need to be replaced, and I have gone through couple lightning cables already. I found the after market ones are better like Amazon basics

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What I notice is what many 3rd parties have done is first, usse thicker grade of cable to make it stronger. Then they use rubber shrink wrap as I call it where the wire joins the connector so it doesn't break easier. Apple doesn't do this yet charge an arm and a leg for cables while these other companies dont. When I bought my wife her iPad Air 2, I bought a nice Belkin cable which are expensive. When I sold her iPad to get her a Surface, it was still in mint condition with no rips or tears. Sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you don't. That is true of everything.

28. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Funny it's so true that I bought the Amazon basic cable when I got my parents the iPad 2 back in 2011, now the iPad is dead but the cable still in great shape. Those after market cable actually last longer, and Its a shame Apple refuse to offer better quality cable to go with their high quality phones/iPads or their computers

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn... 12 years of defects. Suddenly Apple's excuses over the years of third party chargers being the the cause of all those iPhone fires seems like absolute BS.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hopefully no one has gotten hurt, and hopefully no one will before they can get replacements.

30. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

ohh crap,my 4 and a half years iPad 2 Adapter got that 4 digit :(

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