Apple’s Takeback Program Takes Aim at Dodgy Third-Party USB Chargers

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You should be careful when using third-party chargers for Apple devices. Multiple reports have surfaced recently of iPhone owners being electrocuted by malfunctioning chargers in China.

Apple has announced a new USB Power Adapter Takeback Program for those who wish to swap out their third-party chargers for official ones. The program begins August 16.

Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.

Customer safety is a top priority at Apple. That’s why all of our products — including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod — undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.

Starting August 16, you can turn in any charger you’re concerned about at any Apple Store or authorized service provider. As part of the program, Apple is offering official iOS device chargers at a discounted price of $10 (normally $19). Make sure to bring the iOS device that corresponds to the charger you’re turning in so Apple knows which charger to give back. You only get one discounted Apple charger per device. Third-party chargers that are turned in as part of the program will be recycled.

Apple’s new program lasts until October 18. If you’ve got a random charger that has been acting up, take advantage of this opportunity and don’t hurt yourself.

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