Apple replacing chargers in UK after iPhone electrocution

Apple will take your knock-off charger off your hands after dodgy power adaptors injured and even killed iPhone owners.

Apple will take your knock-off charger off your hands and swap it for a new one, extending a trade-in scheme to Britain after dodgy power adaptors injured and even killed iPhone owners in other countries. And Apple will only charge you £8.

A spate of recent incidents in which unofficial chargers injured iPhone owners has prompted Apple to launch a scheme to trade in iPhone power adaptors built by other companies, swapping them for official ones.

Apple kicked off the USB Power Adaptor Takeback Programme in China, where knock-off kit is a particular problem. This Friday, the trade-in scheme is extended to Britain, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the US.

If you have a charger built by a third party -- anyone that isn't Apple -- then you can take it to an Apple Store or official Apple partner shop and swap it for an official, Apple-made charger.

You do have to pay £8 for the new charger. Normally, 5W power plugs for the iPhone and 12W iPad chargers cost £15 each. In Europe, your new charger will cost you €10.

There's been a spate of accidents and injuries lately blamed on chargers and batteries built by third-party manufacturers, affecting other phones as well as the iPhone. Samsung Galaxy phones have caught fire in Germany and Dubai, while in separate incidents in China, charging iPhones electrocuted a young bride-to-be and left another man in a coma.

Researchers also recently used a specially designed power adaptor to hack an iPhone in less than a minute .

Are cheap third-party gadgets a bargain or false economy? Is Apple kit too expensive? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or trade them in at our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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