Following two horrific events, Apple warns Chinese to use approved chargers only

Following two horrific events, Apple warns Chinese to use approved chargers only
Following two tragic events in China that left a 23 year old flight attendant dead and a 30 year old man in a coma, Apple is warning those in China to use only official Apple chargers. The Cupertino based company has added content to its Chinese website that shows how its customers in the country can make sure that the equipment they are using is an official Apple product.

Apple was rushed into taking action after word reached the U.S. earlier this month about the electrocution of Ma Ai Lun. The 23 year old, who was supposed to be married on August 8th, was shocked while answering a call on her Apple iPhone 5 which was recharging at the time. The adapter plugged into the wall was not official Apple equipment.

The second case in China involved 30 year old Wu Jiantong who was shocked by his Apple iPhone 4 while connecting it to a charger. He has been in a coma ever since. And problems with third party equipment isn't limited to Apple. You might remember Fanny Schlatter, the 18 year old whose Samsung Galaxy S III exploded in her pants, causing third degree burns on her thigh. As it turned out, an unauthorized third party battery was at fault.


source: AppleChina via AppleInsider

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43 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31327; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Always use approved chargers and batteries. It's simply safer.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. Better to pay more for something that's approved and less likely to damage and cause an issue over using a cheap knockoff that's not approved.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31327; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, my old iPhone 3G had the charging port burned out by a third party car charger in 09'. Apple being apple replaced it for me at no cost.

35. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If you told them it was a third party charger they wouldn't of fixed it for free.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31327; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I had no reason to lie to them, and they fixed. Apple is very good about backing their products. My ip5 screen had been cracked for about 3 months, this past wknd apple gave me a new one for the apple care repair price of $50, even though I don't have apple care. They did it just because I sat there for almost 3 hrs, due to how busy it was. Apple rocks dude

43. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

good that they fixed that for you, even if you used a third party charger, since they charge too much for the official ones, and after they were recently in trouble in china about warranty issues. Congratulations for being so damned lucky unlike the other millions...

40. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

They didn't call it the Lightning Charger for no reason...

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31327; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol good one dude. That was funny

10. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Of course it is. however, Apple designed the charger cable to have a USB connector on it, so it's impossible for them to think that people will not use other wall warts with the charger cable. I sure hope Apple is at least looking into this and looking to make design changes if necessary to prevent this from happening if users choose to use other USB wall warts. It's pretty sad if Apple takes the stance "well use the approved charger". Pretty irresponsible engineering if you ask me. If truly, the risk is DEATH if you don't use the correct wall wart, then Apple needs to re-design the cable so the wall wart is built into the cable, so you can't use others. Sad.

15. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The issue arises from good 3rd party accessories and POS ones. Apple is only going to accept responsibility for what they make, not somebody else. Perfectly reasonable. I don't think anybody wants to take that step back to non-modular chargers. You can blame the EU too. Wikipedia has an article on the "Common External Power Supply".

17. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is not just Apple. Most all manufacturers do the same thing including Samsung and HTC.

19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Two issues out of millions and millions and it's an engineering issue? The charger wasn't even made/approved by Apple...LOL

25. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Or make sure your 3rd party charger is from a trusted source. I have no problem using a Samsung charger with my Motorola RAZR HD

31. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Or be like me and know where to buy the exact thing for a lot less.

2. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It would be nice if they wouldn't overinflate the price on "official" accessories.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That is just how they roll. Their whole business revolves around overinflating prices and marketing it like they are giving their customers value. When in reality, there is no bigger rip off right now than Apple products.

5. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

exactly!

32. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Apple is a for profit company, what do you expect? I hope you didn't think buying an Apple, Samsung, or HTC product or accessory meant that they were looking to give you Walmart brand store prices.

39. stealthd unregistered

Samsung charges $60 for a flip cover with a little plastic window and you say Apple is the biggest ripoff? That's hilarious.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually official accessories aren't even that expensive.

12. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Compared to what? if you work for the government.. then I suppose not.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple charges $30 for every accessory they have. Of you have a Retina MBP, you're looking at an extra $150 alone for adaptors and such to hook it up to a display and play CDs/DVDs. $30 for a lightning cable. Lol.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Confirmed dumb. http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/ETA-U90JWEBXAR What is your point again? Stop posting for today and come back again tomorrow.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Confirmed dumb troll. $24.99 http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/ETA0U60JBEGSTA You chose the most expensive charger when in real life the average Joe is going to pick the cheaper one. $24.99, $34.99 and $39.99. What was your point? Do yourself a favor and log off and go outside. Thanks. My job here is done.

26. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You should have taken my advise :( I just LOL @blind haters that doesn't know any better. Here's how they think: Apple's usb cable = $40 Samsung's usb cable = $40 OMFG Apple's expensive!!! Apple! Apple!

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You should have logged off and went outside. :( You missed my point completely. A charger that costs $40 vs $24.99. Which do you think is going to be bought? Average Joe: $24.99 I'm done replying to you. Have a good day. :)

28. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Enjoy.

34. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Everybody tweet #Notsureifseriousorjustdumb or #Notsureiftrollorjustdumb for PapaSmurf and Ninetysix lol. Seriously you guys' conversation was hilarious.

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