Apple: Trade your cheap charger for an official one and avoid electrocution

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Apple has extended its charger amnesty for iOS devices to the UK, permitting individuals to exchange possibly unsafe, third-party adapters for an official accessory.

For a charge of ₤ 8, iPhone, iPad and iPod individuals can take any knock-off charger into an Apple Store or authorised Apple dealer and get a brand-new USB charger.

Apple normally charges ₤ 15 for new iOS chargers, so users are getting an official one for nearly half rate, while lessening the risk of being electrocuted as an included reward.

To quality for the offer, which will run from August 16 to October 18, individuals must bring their device with them in order for the serial number to be tape-recorded.

Safety first

The trade-in scheme comes following concerns over an incident in China in which a lady passed away after supposedly being electrocuted by a third-party charger.

Earlier this year, trading standards officials in Essex also shared concern over the safety of third-party chargers, with one in three chargers failing to meet European standards.

In its statement Apple stated: ‘Current reports have actually recommended that some counterfeit and third party adapters mightn’t be designed appropriately and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have a problem, we’re revealing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly created adapters.

‘Client security is a leading concern at Apple. That’s why all our products – consisting of USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod – go through rigorous testing for security and integrity and are created to satisfy government security requirements all over the world.’