Man greets the day by nearly getting electrocuted by a charging iPhone

Man greets the day by nearly getting electrocuted by a charging iPhone
32-year old Wiley Day considers himself lucky to be alive. On March 22nd, he had his iPhone plugged into an extension cord, something he did every night so that he could keep his phone in bed while it charged up for the next day. When he awoke the next morning, the dog tag he was wearing around his neck somehow got caught between the metal prongs on the charger and the extension cord. The resulting electric jolt knocked Day from his bed to the ground.

He remembers that his vision started to fade, and he felt as though he was looking through a peephole. He also could see only in black and white. Finally, he was able to summon up the strength to remove the dog tag from his neck. Standing up, Day said out loud, "Oh my God, I think I just got electrocuted."

The damage was fairly extensive. Skin and flesh were both stripped off his neck, and his hands showed the pattern of the necklace that held the dog tag. He had burned his hands while in the process of ripping the red hot metal off of his neck. Day received second and third degree burns and was admitted to the hospital. He was released after three days.

So let this be a cautionary tale for anyone wearing a piece of metal around their neck. If this metal gets in between your charger plug and an outlet or extension cord, you could end up electrocuted. Day is passing his story along to students at the middle school where he is employed as a behavior specialist. He points out that many adults have revealed to him that they too use an extension cord, so that they can use their phone in bed while it charges. He adds that charging electronic devices in this manner is not worth the risk of possibly getting electrocuted. And he now charges his iPhone in the kitchen.

source: via WashingtonPost



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Freak accident. However it could have been prevented if he could have told the future. Lol

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Definitely freak accident, though it does make me wonder if various chargers don't have safety features against shorts like this, should shut down the moment it feels the drain from short? shouldn't allow it to pass through, should have been just a very short, shock with no damage?

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Do user manuals outline signs of a defective charger? If there is, it needs to be given its own separate leaflet or booklet or whatever. I almost never read these manuals.

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not so much that, my concern is more, that, quite reasonably, they'd go "People know not to put things between charger wire and phone" and have forgone safety to make sure too much power can't be drawn.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly. I have voiced this before. For example, if you drop an electrical applicable in water while plugged in, it is suppose to short the outlet and force the. Dealer to shut off. This would prevent a constant flow of power to the cord and water. But for some reason iPhones failsafe don't work and several people have been electrocuted by them. This one is totally on him. First off you don't need a phone in bed. Use it and then when you feel sleepy, put it away.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Appliance* force the breaker*

46. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Thank you for making a rational statement about him having it in his bed, as this wasn't the fault of the phone. Why would anyone sleep with part of the extension cord in bed with them, thats just stupid. And I'm at a loss of how he got his dog tags caught between the prongs and the extension cord. I am glad it didn't kill him, and hopefully he will learn not to charge his phone IN the bed with him.

47. bassjo

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2017

Power doesn't flow... Current flows, power is the rate, per unit time, at which electrical energy is transferred by an electric circuit. Furthermore the failsafe in this case has nothing to do with the iPhone and everything to do with that 15 amp breaker that supplies voltage to the outlet where the iPhone was plugged into. To use your appliance analogy... that's why in our bathrooms now it's required to have a GFCI outlet, if said appliance were to be dropped into the bath while being plugged into the mains the GFCI would trip and cut off the current long before the 15 amp breaker would.

48. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Only an idiot would think that you can die from 5V. Well well..what do we have here?

67. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Less than 1 volt can kill you, it's just a matter of enough current flowing into you.

70. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You're probably confusing volts with amperes, 1 ampere can kill you, one volt? Nah, maybe tickle but not kill


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

With enough amps, that is

51. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie, read the damn article - many people are telling you this has nothing to do with an iPhone - this would have happened if ha had a Samsung phone, or a simple radio plugged in - iPhone or any device plugged in has no control over the power flowing thru this prongs. Your house should be wired properly the breaker grading power to that room should have "tripped", or if it was plugged into a new ARC breaker it would "trip" even if you don't touch the hot side of the wire (neutral and ground would have tripped it). Or if it wa splugged into GFCI protected outlet the power would have been cut off even if you drop that phone WITH the cord into a tub with you. Ive seen you positing this garbage before "for some reason iPhones failsafes don't work" well my friend, all the instances of electricusion were intact not iPhone related (it was just tha tipjone was plugged into the extension cord or outlet that was not protected near water, in his case his necklace was the conduct that crossed the current of the extension cord. Please educate yourself on either proper reading or how electricity works in your house.

52. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well, well... what do we have here?

60. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

its called a gfic ground fault interrupted circuit it sees the flow in and out of a socket and if its off by a certain percentage it trips stopping power buit into most power strips and most outlets but not all, and it depends on were he lives

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Since he had the charger plugged into an extension cord, the charger is immaterial to this incident. This would be no different than if you plugged a cord into and outlet, and pulled it out enough to put something across the prongs. It wouldn't matter what the product the electrical cord was attached to was, because it is downstream from the problem area. The only thing that may have helped in this case would be a GFI outlet, something with a breaker that trips during a short. Again, neither the charger or anything else that would've been better into the extension cord was the issue.

84. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

The tag was shorting between the prongs of the charger going into the extension cord. Therefore the charger was being bypassed and no tech put into the charger could have prevented this. Only thing that would have fixed this was a GFCI in the outlet the extension cord was using.

66. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015


4. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*Man greets the day by nearly getting electrocuted by a charging iPhone" Alan, FAM, I'm not a proponent of overly harsh criticism like the other posters here, but c'mon...that title is clickbaity AF. P.S. Glad the guy is safe.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Though surprisingly enough, people thus far have been pretty civil in the comments section so far.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It's only a matter of time. Just wait for it.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Glad to see you back Scott. It's been a while :D.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, yeah, I've been busy being a video game nerd the last month with the new Zelda game, once I'm done with it though, I'll be back to poke fun of everyone here. It'll be business as usual before too long. ... damn, I am a nerd.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

We are all nerds... and hipsters. Okay, maybe not hipsters.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, you crossed the line with the hipster comment, you won't ever catch me hanging out at Starbucks, wearing Euro-influenced clothing, sipping a latte, leaching off their wifi, while listening to indy music on my professional DJ headset, no siree.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So basically:

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ha ha ha! I'm sharing that! Thank you sir!

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wait, did your link get moderated? It's gone... did someone go to it to find that it contained a meme with the F word in it? That's a bit uptight if that's the case. :(

30. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

17. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Only bc its not a Samsung

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