Here's why Apple's iPhone charger is so expensive

Here's why Apple's iPhone charger is so expensive
Ever wondered why something as small and as simple as the iPhone charger can cost around $30? You’re, of course, right to notice it’s small, but it’s not as simple as it looks on the inside and that’s one reason justifying Apple’s pricing policy - its adapter is much safer than what many other manufacturers offer and even goes atop some technical requirements to bring even better quality and safety.

Ken Shirriff tore down one of those adapters to get a deeper understanding of what drives the price and found out some interesting things, and an in-depth analysis you can check out on his site at the source below. And here are the technical details about the iPhone charger:


Still, there’s a hefty premium on the price as you’d expect, but at least now you know what justifies it, right?

source: Ken Shirriff via Gizmodo


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50 Comments

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

When i tell a customer when buying a charger for their iPhone/Ipods. I tell them you're only paying for the name. You can BUY A UNIVERSAL charger for 19.99 or 10$. Both does the same thing. When ever you see a Apple logo on their accessories like a SD CARD ADAPTER it's 30$. Why pay more when u can save money on a universal charger. some Apple FANS doesn't know what's what.

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

this is why fandroids are on hate mode "compared the charger to the Samsung charger and several other high-quality industry designs, and Apple goes beyond these designs in several ways."

41. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you do realzie some people don't WANT TO SPEND 30$ on a charger. you can buy a 30$ itune gift card and use that to buy music or 30$ to pay for your gas. such a idiot

28. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

After pulling the iPhone apart, total component price was about the same as the Nokia Lumia900, yet the iPhone sells for about 500$ more off contract. WTF! Talk about overpriced!

27. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 2012

Herpity derp derp duuurrr! And $100 Monster HDMI cables are totally worth it too! And BOSE! And $300 tshirts!

26. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

o yeah Victor H your a nazi

24. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Wow, you think this is a fanboy tear-down or what? LMAO

22. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

WAIT... is anyone going to defend the charger? LOL!!! Im sorry but my not so safe charges have yet to cause a fire. My not so safe chargers have yet to break my screen. Ill stick with my not so safe chargers that use plain old usb wires. that are available everywhere for a cheap price. you can keep you high overpriced safe chargers if it helps you sleep at night while your phone charges.

21. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

NIce but doesn't Apples charger cost the exact same as other OEM official chargers? Each charger is built to work perfectly with the OEM phones hence why your Moto phone will charge rather quickly on it's own charger but slowly on another OEM charger and it also might get pretty hot. @theoak, not sure what kind of phone you have been using but I can't remember the last time I saw a cell phone with a charger that has some sort of LED light on it. Last time I saw one of those was way back on the HTC MDA. You got lost somewhere eh? Most phones come with travel chargers that are light and also have USB built in, none of that extra crap. This sounds like another story of someone praising Apple for normal stuff everyone else does when they have rapid chargers for their devices. Apples charges need to be sturdy as there is only one model for each charger to service, so it better not have any faults. If you don't understand basically since Apple has very little in way of differentiating products, their chargers should be built to near perfection. Other OEM's have multi voltage chargers that can charge aa vast array of their products without breaking or causing a meltdown. SO I don't find apples chargers so above everyone else as their chargers usually work on just one iteration of a product. Take that how you want it

23. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Then I need to know where you shop ;) Every charger or replacement charger I have purchased that came with a phone, laptop, camera, in short electronic device has some sort of little light attached to the thing detailing, charged, charging, plugged in, whatever. What I find amusing is that these chargers claim "energy star", but yet they have a light on the thing, even when it is not plugged into a device and not charging. I am not disagreeing with you. I am just saying my shopping experience has not been as successful ;)

20. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I will say I like the iPhone charger for the fact that it does not have any lights or LEDs. My bedroom already looks like a Christmas tree with lights here and lights there from this device and that receiver and this charger and that charger. I don't need to know if a certain charger is plugged in. I plugged it in, I know its in there already ;) Apple chargers are the only chargers that I leave by my bed side without having to put a Christmas tree of lights there too. Does that justify the price ... that's another story ;)

17. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Seriously, did you really need to write an article about this? This is not news or something people legitimately care about.

47. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Their just bored and would do anythiny for attention.

16. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

most chargers straight from the oem are from 15.99 to 29.99 so i dont understand why its over priced because of apple also people claim the iphone is overpriced but the galaxy s3 is going for 800 bucks i can build a pretty nice desktop with that money

46. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's WITH OUT CONTRACT. Iphone will always be over price including their over price accesories.

15. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

here a reason why NOT to buy the iphone expensive chager...HP has there chager for $5 and it charges your tablet or your phone https://m.hpdirect.com/hp/product/detail.do?itemId=FB341AA%23ABA&categoryId=2239933&path=Home%257CAccessories%257CAdapters%2B%2526%2BBatteries%257CHP%2BTouchPad%2BPower%2BCharger

18. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Yeah and this charger is the fastest charger I've ever seen in my entire life. I frickin love it.

13. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

This showed that Steve Jobs cared for his followers. Now will Samsung do the same? Or even better,give us wireless charging with the galaxy s IV.

14. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

"Steve Jobs cared for his followers" lol. I have this image of him holding a Moses like stick while thinking how to care for his followers. Hahahaha

45. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think you've been brain wash

12. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

bigbmc has it right. MSRP is largely a joke these days. Except when it is Apple. Even the comment earlier about the 5.99 bargain bin variety - discontinued designs that were manufactured in large quantities can often be had for that price or less, and are OEM. They work fine, and let you keep chargers easily in multiple places. Until they figure out how to put a really long-running battery in heavily used phones, you need to do this.

11. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

Am I missing something? Most OEM charge $30 for the USB charging adapter. BlackBerry has it for $29.99 on their site. Samsung has it for $29.99. They're all overpriced, lol. I guess the difference is retailers have the option of discounting the other OEMs. Nazi Apple doesn't believe in discounts, that would take money out of their pockets.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

zomg, they crammed an extra 2mm of wiring at a cost of $0.001. That soo justifies the hefty price tag!

9. pandamaja

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Artice: NOPE. Its expensive because it has an apple logo on it somewhere.

8. spikyhead

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Oh the hype again.

6. e.wvu unregistered

Since the charger is soooo innovative, they must charge you a fortune for it.

35. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

it is pretty innovative though.. for example it turns the power on/off 70,000 times a second just to make sure it gets the right voltage... and i personally would never spend the money for one, but it is innovative-- idk if said innovations are necessary though

5. wendygarett unregistered

only haters cant afford it :)

29. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 2012

And only retards insist on it :)

36. wendygarett unregistered

Yup thats me :)

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