Frayed Apple iPhone 6 charger cable electrocutes Vietnamese teen

Frayed Apple iPhone 6 charger cable electrocutes Vietnamese teen
You might recall back in July 2013 when we told you about a 23-year old stewardess who was electrocuted when she answered a call on her Apple iPhone 5 while it was charging. That seemed to kick off a series of other incidents where iPhone or iPad users would report receiving a shock. In many cases, the problem was the use of a third party charger. Later that year, Apple announced that it would allow consumers to swap third party chargers for the official Apple version. This was to take place in certain countries including the U.S., China, and the U.K.

It has been some time since we passed along a story about an iPhone user who was electrocuted while charging his/her device. But this week, a 14-year old girl in Vietnam was electrocuted in her sleep by a frayed charging cable that was plugged into her Apple iPhone 6. Police theorize that Le Thi Xoan plugged her official Apple charger into her phone, and laid it on her bed as she did every night. A slight tear in the cord exposed some of the wiring, and when she rolled over onto the cord in her sleep, the teen was electrocuted. Her parents found her unconscious in bed and rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

This might be a good time for you to check the condition of the charging cables on your phone, regardless of the manufacturer. And also check out the cables used by your entire family. If there are any cracks or openings in any cable that exposes the wiring inside, throw it out now before it is too late.


source: YahooUK

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84 Comments

1. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

The only news here is elementary school level safety lessons are apparently just not enough for some people

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Blame that cheap quality proprietary lightning cable from apple. If that charger use USB-C or Micro-USB then she can use other cable she have or buy another one for cheap price :-/ Apple cable quality is just terrible for it's price, 1-star with thousand reviews in their own official storehttps://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD818AM/A/lightning-to-usb-cable-1-m

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is the charger is suppose to only put out a few watts as a maximum. It's truly not enough to electrocute anyone. So it is the charger itself that failed. Even if the cable fails you should never be electrocuted.

35. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

You're talking science (Electrical devices and electronics, my subject in Engineering) to a 12 yo. He won't understand.

36. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yeah, there has to be more to this story. Unless she had a faulty pacemaker (quite unlikely for a teen) there is no way in hell the current in a USB cable can kill per person. It sure sounds like the short circuited cable caused a wider failure inside the charger. This should not be possible unless there's a design flaw in the charger.

83. audibot

Posts: 666; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

1/10th of a amp is all thats needed

62. Furbal unregistered

An amp is more than enough to kill someone

76. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Even if it was an insane theoretical setup, her being covered in conductive gel and connected to a perfect grounder on the other side of her heart, 1 amp and 5v would still fail to be dangerous for the heart as a body's impedance would simply be too much. There's never been a case of anyone being killed by less than 40-50 volts. This is the reason our electronics, toys, everything is 5 volts and below. It just can't travel that far through human tissue. Had it been even remotely possible to kill someone with 5V electrical toys would not exist.

77. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

This is the amount of energy we carry in a phone:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37MzwsI0Egw The energy is more than enough to stop a whale's heart. Yet, we don't get electrocuted by our phones even though we all have direct contact with metal surfaces that are directly connected to the internal electronics. All thanks to Ohm and his laws. If the girl was electrocuted by her charger, the charger had an internal wiring failure, sending the full 220V out through the USB cable.

84. audibot

Posts: 666; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

volts dont kill amps do electrical 101

92. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

And what's required to generate a current through a resisting body? A charge strong enough to beat the resistance, right? And why is it again we limit electronics around 5 volts? Because it's a safe charge, right? Because there's no mathematical extreme even remotely allowing a charge that small to reach your vital organs. A dangerously faulty adapter leaking 220V however? That's a completely different story.

82. audibot

Posts: 666; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

amps kill not watts/power 1/10th of a amp can stop the heart if its week heart small person easy to die from and current will seek trhe path of least resistance meaning her she would be taking full 1amp load. i wish chargers had gfi in them, for this reason, stop apple users from dying

89. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

amps == power, you nitwit.

56. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Is your link credible? According to the link that you've posted. It's not from the apple shop but from viglink:https://www.viglink.com/shop/query/lightning+to+usb+cable+1+m

66. mariosraptor

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

The only thing cheap here is you. Go and get some macdonalds

15. tangbunna

Posts: 488; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

behind this news, electonics engineers laugh so bad. the only electrocute could happens is the AC charging brick/cube/adaptor. dont be stupid the your USB cable is frayed or even naked with shiny wires.

80. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

If you have had  elementary school level, you would know that this in the article is BS. The cables that were balamed, have no high voltage or ampers. Electricity is transformed inside the adapter.

81. audibot

Posts: 666; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

the hot wire is still insulated under the main sheaf but she would have had to nick both hot and neutral and have no gfi to die from it

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Out of all the lawsuits brought against Apple, I am actually generally surprised that their charging cable quality hasn’t been one. You would think someone would’ve sued them over it by now in the hopes that they’d actually improve the darn thing.

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Why improve something so crucial when you can force people to buy another?

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

So you mean because they don’t last very long. Cause all the charging cables that electrocute are cheap ones right. I thought Nike the best chargers I have ever owned are Ankar power plus or the newest one with the breaded line. They are al good but that one is even better. They last a real long time and if they go bad or Frey they will send you a new one. I get real good deals off of amazon sometimes. Like around 11 dollars if you get lucky for a ten foot cord.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

See I had a frayed cord and I unplugged it and put more than enough tape on it, the corded ended up getting another so I taped that to, then lighting caused a power surge that ruined it and the adapter completely, lucky for me someone left and official adapter at the house a year ago so I just bought one of Anker's badass powerline+ braided cables. What's my point, well Apple and everyone else who hasn't already should start putting much better adapters and cables in the box with their phones and various other electronic devices that require a charger.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sad to hear this news. RIP young lady.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yes for sure that’s sad. Rip

10. DavidDau

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

As far as I know, the output of charger is only 5V. Hence, this is not the problem of cable, definitely this is the issue of charger.

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Sometimes small voltage can be more dangerous along with the amps. If it matches the heart with the lower voltage it can throw it off where as high amps will also cook.

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Continued exposure to a low voltage with 1-2Amps of current is however lethal. 5V doesn't really have much bite to it, it more has a slight tingling to it even at 2 Amps. If that however leads to continued exposure let's say during sleep, it will do some serious damage to your body.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let's not turn this tragedy into a flame war. The only thing that matters here is a young life was extinguished, and a family has to somehow go on without their beautiful child. Such a sad story.

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You would think that would be possible but now here come the sociopaths with there comments. Like.......

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This girl's death is so sad. In either note it seems to me that it's always or almost always iPhones that kill via electrocution.

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