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: AL.com via WashingtonPost

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70 Comments

87. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

This Headline makes it seem the *iPhone* was a direct cause for this unfortunate accident. It is not. This is a pure AC-Electrical issue which could have happened with just about any device.

73. alexvoda

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

This is not just a freak accident. This is a failure of the design of the electrical plug. This kind of accident is impossible with the the Europlug, European Shuko plug, the french plug, the British plug and probably others. These plugs either have partially isolated prongs or are plugged inside the socket as opposed to on the face of the socket.

58. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

And as I remember, iPhone did killed one woman in china by electricity

57. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

I can always feels the electricity when touch apple devices even without charging. It's not the first day story.

59. kiko007

Posts: 7526; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol...wut???

69. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1355; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

EMF super sensitivity? It's a real thing.

65. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL , what are you smoking.

79. AlikMalix unregistered

hungpakto, there's also something called static... if you live in a very dry area and have carpets - that can build up static and you offload it as soon as you touch something metal. Or see if you got high voltage powerlines nearby to your house - that will also built up static just by walking on carpet... and you would offload this charge (read: little shock) everytime you touch something metallic. The misconception is that it's not something shocking you, it's your own built-up charge that is shocking something else, your sort of shooting tiny bolts of electricity, lol.. That may be the case... but you're saying that you "feel" it only with APPLE DEVICES and while it's not plugged in? That's just weird - inherently they're no different than any electrical battery powered appliance or phone... the battery has so little power - that it should not shock you unless the device is defective - in which case it probably wouldn't charge or turn on if it has enough power to shock you. It makes no sense...

56. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

The IPhone is a racist!

55. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I always use a 10' USB type C cable in the bedroom. AC can stay in the wall.

68. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1355; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I myself use a 6' cable.

49. AlikMalix unregistered

Wait wait wait, this was due to the charger block not plugged in all the way into extension cord - exposing the prongs of said block? How the hell is this iPhone related? This is on every device you can buy in the world. They all have prongs sticking out of the end of that cord - there's no possible software, safety, or component that can stop the direct current thru those prongs. The only thing that can help is the GFcI outlet or a proper ARC Breaker at the panel which are required now by law when upgrading or building new electrical in the house. I'm an electrician (among other building construction by trade). Im telling you this is not iPhone related, if it happened to Samsung - it would not be Samsung related. This is just how electricity is transferred from outlet to charging block - and only AFTER its within the charging block that this can be modified to be safer thru software or hardware it failsafe of some sorry by Apple or Samsung or w/e. But it this case it would still not have stopped Thai scenario. It's like asking a phone to turn off power to your house in case of a short circuit. Read the description on where his necklace chain actually got crossed with electrical current and think logically how this is "electricuted by iPhone".

74. alexvoda

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

True, not an issue with the iPhone. But this is an issue with the plug design. This would have been impossible with european plugs.

77. AlikMalix unregistered

European plugs have two prongs, if they were slightly pulled back, they would have enough space between the female extension cord plug and male charging block cord for a chain to fall thru and send the current to wearer. In some European countries both prongs are hot = 240Volts - this would actually damage this guy even more if not killed him...

78. AlikMalix unregistered

Just saw your post #73.. it makes more sense what you meant... we have plugs like that, but they're unpopular due to aesthetics of the damn thing... usually we would install recessed outlets behind fridges, and beds so that what ever is plugged in - would not protrude and allow furniture to sit flush with the wall... We do have failsafes to avoid these kind of scenarios... if the house was built after 1980's the breakers would not be old enough today to allow even the smallest short circuit - they're very sensitive. AND if the house was built after year 2000 or so, it would have been required to have an ARC breaker for all the bedrooms - that would trip the circuit even if the chain did not cross hot and neutral, ground and neutral (which do not shock you) will trip it right away... My guess that either the breaker was too old (at least 50-60 years old) or defective (if the house he lived was newer home).

45. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

He did get electrocuted. He didn't nearly get. He DID

42. bassjo

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2017

This is a horrible freak accident but the title is very misleading. This could have very well have happened while using a toaster... Charging the iPhone didn't nearly electrocute him, the metal object around his neck coming into contact with mains voltage is what did the damage.

39. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iPhone has nothing to do with this.

40. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Post 12 disagrees with you.

38. rcchomper

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2017

The guy did not get shocked or nearley electroucted. He got burnt. Place any metal between the poles of any plug and it will get real hot real fast. The chain acked like the heating element in an electric heater. Poor guy. s**t happens. But he did not get shocked.

44. bassjo

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2017

While it's obvious from the injuries that he got burnt... he most definitely got shocked as well! Your skin will conduct current just as easily as a bit of metal.

33. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Good thing he's alive, not long ago a baby passed away after taking a similar cable to the mouth. There should be a warning on every charger as the general public still seems to think USB cables are low power stuff. With USB-C these things are likely to happen more often, with the worst outcomes, unfortunately.

28. dugudr

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2017

Amazing! Nobody have a clue of what's going on including the writer. This has nothing to do w iPhone. The necklace crossed the charger's two prong so it doesn't matter what plugged in after.

34. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But it was an iPhone so it was relevant. If the guy slept with his toaster then I'm sure that it wouldn't be something of interest to this site, but it's relevant to this site because it deals with products heavily covered here and it can simply be considered a public service announcement "Know how to safely charge your personal electronics over night". Thus far, no one is being critical of the phone brand because the content of the article never alluded that it was the cause of the accident. Accept the fact that the article was published and hope that if you didn't get anything of value from it, that at least one other person might have and that they're safer after having read it.

50. AlikMalix unregistered

That's exactly what's missing from the entire logic of this article.

26. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

poor guy! glad brother survived.

80. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

word up..

21. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ouch. Happy he wasn't killed. I'm also happy to see the comments so far are relatively troll free.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, you can have people try to troll Apple, but the Article clearly indicates that it was his method of connecting his charger that was the result of the issue, and not at all the fault of the Apple branded hardware. I've been away from the site for a while, I'm actually really shocked, and impressed by the maturity of the people in this specific article... thus far. Did anyone notable get banned in the last month or two?

43. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't know, I don't pay that much attention. I didn't even read the article.

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