Here's why Apple's iPhone charger is so expensive
posted by Victor H. / May 21, 2012, 7:21 AM
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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Simple, iphone is overpriced same goes with the charger.
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:26 AM 43
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0402 SMD resistor = $0.002 0805 SMD capacitor = $0.007 SMD transistor = $0.02 fusible resistor = $0.03 1A 600V (1J) diode = $0.06 thermistor = $0.07 Y capacitor = $0.08 3.3uF 400V electrolytic capacitor = $0.10 TL431 = $0.10 1.5uH inductor = $0.12 SCD 34 diode = $0.13 2801 optocoupler = $0.16 1HNK60 transistor = $0.22 USB jack = $0.33 100uF tantalum capacitor = $0.34 L6565 IC = $0.55 330uF tantalum polymer capacitor (Sanyo POSCAP) = $0.98 flyback transformer = $1.36 Does it look like ~ $30.00 ? OVERPRICED!
posted on May 21, 2012, 4:57 PM 6
Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011
To be honest all proper decent phone chargers are safe and efficient as long as they are not the 5.99 bargin basket variety. We stocked official apple chargers but no longer do because they didn't sell as nobody bought them or wanted to spend so much for so little,its the apple overpricing policy as usual. A decent 3rd party apple charger was half the price and outsold the apple branded one 20:1. Seeing an offical apple charger side by side in a store almost double the price of official htc,samsung,sony micro usb chargers really puts the apple cash gouging policy into perspective.
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:32 AM 24
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I know what you mean. People will always go for the cheaper ESPECIALLY if it comes from a decent 3rd party manufacturer. +1 you Mr. Bender! lol
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:57 AM 4
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:) Love your comment. I have the same opinion about both and in beginning I assumed they did that on purpose to spoil Apple's brand image and then I learned they are plain "stupi*". It is said "An intelligent enemy is better than a dumb friend" :) No offense.
posted on May 21, 2012, 9:56 PM 0
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I am not here to agreed with everyone... fandroids are the dumb ones... saying the Apple chargers is expensive when their inferior charges cost about the same...look closely and will see who is dumber
posted on May 21, 2012, 11:10 PM 2
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what gave you the impression we can't afford it?! I could easily afford to buy dozens but having enough mental sense means I can get the exact same elsewhere for a much better price. Its hilarious how I fans trolling has now gone from "you have cheap phones" to you have below average chargers!
posted on May 22, 2012, 4:55 AM 2
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I am sure Apple design for the products are topnotch but they are not as revolutionary as Nokia . They amaze me with Nokia N9 and Nokia Pureview.
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:37 AM 11
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Do people even know the meaning of revolutionary anymore? What so revolutionary about the N9? and sure the Pureview is the first phone with a 40+ MP camera, but it still runs Symbian, what so revolutionary about that?
posted on May 21, 2012, 9:37 AM 3
only haters cant afford it :)
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:46 AM 6
so you rather spend 30$ on a expensive charger rather then save money for gas or other needs? I think you're the only hater & idiot on here. At least we can remove and replace OUR BATTERY unlike your crappy enclose door
posted on May 22, 2012, 2:13 PM 0
Since the charger is soooo innovative, they must charge you a fortune for it.
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:49 AM 10
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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
posted on May 21, 2012, 7:20 PM 0
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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.
posted on May 21, 2012, 8:13 AM 6
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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.
posted on May 21, 2012, 8:19 AM 1
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