Knock-off Apple iPhone charger explodes, leaving the victim in the hospital for more than a week

Knock-off Apple iPhone charger explodes, leaving the victim in the hospital for more than a week
Starting last July, when a shock from an Apple iPhone 5 was blamed for the death of a 23 year old stewardess in China, a number of scary events involving shocks and exploding iDevices took place. One even involved a man who claimed that a shock from his daughter's iPad sent him flying across the room. Apple immediately declared war on third party chargers, even offering to sell discounted Apple chargers to those who brought in counterfeit plugs.

But sometimes, the lure of saving a buck is just too much. Minnesota resident Tim Tyrrell was looking for a second charger for his Apple iPhone. Instead of paying $25 to $30 for a charger from Apple, he paid $10 from eBay for a package of two wall chargers and a car charger. Tyrrell was probably kicking himself for not spending the money for an official Apple charger when his knock-off plug exploded, leaving him with a serious electrical burn that destroyed the plug, and left him with a wound the size of a quarter on his hand.

Making matter worse, the wound became infected, and combined with Tyrrell's diabetes, he ended up in the hospital for more than a week. He also has had to suffer through four operations on his hand. All of this could have been easily avoided, especially since Tyrrell still owns the original recharger that came with his phone.

The lesson to be learned is one that Apple has been pushing since the second of half of last year. While you might save money buying knock-off accessories, you could eventually pay for this decision...with your life.

Thanks for the tip, Izzy!

source: MyFoxTwinCities



1. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

He probably could buy 100's of original apple charger with that hospital and surgery bill ! Man, what a lesson for himself and also for us ! I feel sorry for him... :(

18. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

apple: buy original or die ........... lol ........ but sad n true

24. Sauce unregistered

Happened to Samsung and others as well. sad n true

36. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Im not going to be buying the cheap ones anymore myself. My wife bought a USB cable from Dollar Tree (for a dollar, everything is a dollar or less there) and I tossed it after a few days because plugging it into the computer or wall actually gave a noticeable jolt, and it has shut the computer off when I plugged it in. Never again, LOL.

2. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Wow I get that you shouldn't use third party accessories but Apple, you better improve on this!

10. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Improve on what exactly? Where is apples fault in this.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

You are crazy anirudhshirsat97... where did he says its apple's fault? Apple is expensive forcing customers to buy cheap accessories.. I myself used to buy cheap accessories while having iphone 4 and 4s... but never had any issue with a cheap item... it is very unfortunate that this guy suffered injuries... cheap charges has cheap material which cannot take load and burned

20. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

"apple is expensive forcing customer to buy cheap accessories"

28. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No one if forcing you to buy ANYTHING. If you got the money to buy an iphone you definetly got the money for a 25$ charger. Otherwise you shouldnt be buying an iphone in the first place. Plenty of good phones for cheap prices. Nexus 5, moto g...

11. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Wait wait wait, people want to save, what, 10 bucks and then the manufacturers who are making these counterfeits with absolutely piss poor quality control get away scot-free? Then Apple has to foot all the bills? I'll judge Apple like anyone else if they do something fishy, but this is ridiculous. How is Apple supposed to improve on this? They already do trade-ins. 'Educating the consumer' is a strategy that never worked and only hurts the fragile ego of the consumer who doesn't want to be 'belittled'. You're not going to convince a cheapskate to get the official charger no matter what you do, and the chinese manufacturers won't listen to anyone. Pray tell, what would YOU do?

19. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i think he meant ban unsage knock off of their products cause at the end of the day it's their image not the knock off company's

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, that's what you meant. He should clarify his post himself.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They aren't counterfeits. They are simply cheaper alternatives. I have bought them too. Work fine. Same for any phone for that matter. He just happen to get abad one I guess. And for crap made in china, it should cost $25 to buy a replacement, no matter how much the phone costs.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wow, that sucks... However, none of it would have happened if Apple didn't overprice its proprietary chargers so much.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I can get a sync cable from Duracell for about $5. Hardly overpriced.

21. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

if u can't afford a 25 dollars apple charger,don't buy the 600 bucks phone,u shouldn't be buying stuff u can't afford,u can always get yourself a cheap tesco android device nowadays people can blame everything for their own problem

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Again, another person who doesn't understand. Just because the phone is expensive, doesn't mean the charger should be so overpriced. Example, I have the Galaxy Note 3. It is certainly better than the iPhone 5S. But because it uses a standard connector, namely Mini USB; it costs much less. In fact it costs half as much unless you buy them directly from Samsung. You and anyone who says what you say are just ignorant. Paying for a $600 phoen doesn't mean $25 is not to expensive for a charger. Have you even noticed? Retailers sell the chargers for a much higher cost. They range $25-$30 even for the cable. That is excessive for crap made in china for a couple bucks.

38. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

apple had everything sticker priced in their store,its not that the charger and other accessories are hidden cost ready to slaughter you when you need it no company in this world obliged to price their product to everyone's affordability stick with your "not crap samsung note 3 charger" and get outa here

37. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Those who bought a phone on contract don't think, and shouldn't necessarily be forced to remind themselves, that their device is a $450+ device. Its inexpensive because carriers can make it inexpensive, so yes they can afford those devices. The iPhone 4S is free on contract for US carriers still offering a subsidy. If it's being given away with a 2 year deal, that sets the perception that the device is lower cost (and for an Apple device, it is somewhat). Working for Sprint, I understand that shouldn't be the case but most customers buying it don't. Selling an iPhone 4S usually means no accessories along with it, they're out to buy a low cost smartphone and keep all costs down at the time of purchase. As always, you get what you pay for, but there's a sweet spot. There's less expensive chargers that are far better made than this cheapskate eBay bundle deal, available from reputable stores, that undercut Apple's "premium" charger by at least $5-$10. It's not reasonable to blame the consumer for thinking a freak accident can be had from these chargers. Without Phone Arena, I don't think we'd often ever hear much about exploding chargers or batteries across the world. All this does is that it gives Apple more ammo to say, "You shouldn't buy anything but our approved products at the full MSRP!" This, of course, doesn't have to be the case.

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

Wow apple loves to hurt people how is it mostly only iphone 5 chargers knock off or not there is a.problem with the two sided charger. 90% of injured is apple people

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And how is this apple's fault?

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Apple's fault is this that they charge high prices for their items, forcing users to look for alternatives. This is an apple' s fault, they should earn 100% profit which is fair enough Instead of looking for 300% and 400%

25. Sauce unregistered

Which is why Apple is the richest tech company in the world. As well as most loved (but thats a different story).

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Most loved? By whom? iDiots? They certainly are not the most loved. That is just a very far fetched opinion.

33. Sauce unregistered

No opinion. Proven. Go Google it. Don't be mad.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He placed the order, paid for the items, used them, all while being a grown knowledgeable man. Sounds like it's his fault to me.

35. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Its not Apple's fault for other 3rd party companies producing cheap chargers with subpar materials, Apple can't control what those companies do, so its up to the consumer to make the decision if they wanna buy a knock off or a better made, safer charger that is certified by Apple for use with their products.

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

90% of the time they used knock off accessories , same goes out to other phone companies like Samsung

5. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

As I said, those cheap Chinese clones must be eradicate immediately. And also arrest those f*cking chinese firms for making such disquality accessory!!!!

6. r3trokiller

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

Apple should be hanged till death. :P I'm also using USB to charge my iPhone purchased at just NRS 200 i.e. $2 lol... :P

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