If you use a certain iPhone charging cable, you need to return it and ask for a refund ASAP

If you use a certain iPhone charging cable, you need to return it and ask for a refund ASAP
While it's generally a good idea to buy all your iPhone or iPad accessories directly from Apple, major retailers like Target also sell plenty of MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad)-certified stuff at very competitive prices that should be safe to use, theoretically meeting Cupertino's standards and strict quality requirements.

Unfortunately, accidents sometimes happen and things that are supposed to work flawlessly performing the simplest tasks... fail to do so. Case in point, a specific Lightning to USB cable that Target charged around $15 for, undercutting Apple's official charging solutions. After receiving 14 reports of incidents involving smoke, sparks, and full-on fires, including two that caused burns to consumer fingers, the retailer was left with no choice but to recall the obviously defective and dangerous cables.

If you own one of the 90,000 units sold between June 2018 and January 2019 nationwide, you are hereby urged to immediately stop using the product and return the recalled cable to any Target store in exchange for a full refund. Said refund can cover the purchase of a different Heyday charging cable for your iPhone or iPad, as Target still sells a bunch of MFi-certified products under that name. Or you could just take the 15 bucks, add $4 on top of that, and buy an official Apple-made Lightning to USB cable with a length of 1 meter.

To be perfectly clear, Target is only recalling one particular model of its Heyday Lightning USB charging cable. You should be able to recognize the faulty 3 foot cord by the word "heyday" printed on its connector and model number 080 08 8261 printed on the side of the product's packaging. 

In case you're wondering, the problem is the metal around the cord, which can become "electrically charged" if it contacts the USB wall charger plug prongs while charging, posing "shock and fire hazards." That's serious stuff, folks, so let's not mess around and risk bodily harm due to laziness. 

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7 Comments

1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

How in the world they manage to get the cord to come in contact with the adapter prongs I will never know..

2. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This is the reason I don’t buy accessories WITHOUT APPLE LOGO.

3. Miodrag23

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 09, 2018

This is the reason why I don't buy products with Apple logo.

5. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The cable is MFi-certified, inother words "certified by Apple".

4. middlehead

Posts: 449; Member since: May 12, 2014

Why does it take you 250 words to finally say the name of a defective product?

6. Alcyone

Posts: 257; Member since: May 10, 2018

I agree. The point could be stated in the first paragraph. Wondering why it takes 3-4 to give the point. It'd also help if they could work on story titles, too.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

This sounds more like user error rather than a defective product. What sort of idiot thinks it's okay to not plug an adapter in to the outlet all the way and leave the prongs to be shorted out by practically anything that can come along?

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