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Charging ipod nano series 7 on generic usb charger

by jeanniegraham / June 1, 2015 7:11 AM PDT

I'm not a Mac person, but I do like ipods. My new car audio didn't like my (10 year old) ipod, so I bought a new ipod nano , which is good - no problems when it's half-way charged (it gets flaky on BT when it's less charged, I think!).
All I want to know is whether it is 'safe' to put the USB end of the Mac supplied cable into a generic car cigarette lighter/usb socket, or a generic wall socket/usb socket to charge it up.

Assurance on this point would be good! It's kind of scary to plug such a tiny thing as the Nano into a socket which is bigger than the device! (And, of course, asking this question on an Apple site is pretty futile).

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Apple should say
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2015 7:20 AM PDT

Only if these are Apple branded adapters. But I've never found any USB charger to be problematic. Are you reporting you burned something up? Or just worrying.

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Just being cautious!
by jeanniegraham / June 2, 2015 3:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Apple should say

No - I'm not reporting blowing anything up - I regularly use a wall socket/usb to charge a Samsung smartphone without thinking about it, its just that I'm not sure where I stand with these myth encrusted Apple products!

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Here's my take.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2015 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Just being cautious!

Folk worry a lot. So if they worry you nod and point them to the Apple products. Here, I use too many USB chargers on everything. I've yet to get burned.

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it can kill you
by James Denison / June 1, 2015 8:07 AM PDT

"According to reports, a woman in China was tragically electrocuted using her iPhone while it was charging. "

" Wow that was scary..My Apple charger just exploded and burnt out..
Scared the hell out of me, I had it plugged in to my surge protector and as soon as I plugged in something else it (The Apple Charger) immediately lit up orange as if it were on fire and popped and a small puff of smoke came out of it. It ended up blowing a fuse in my bedroom, but the electricity seems to be working fine now that I reset the breaker switch."

More tales of woe.
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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 1, 2015 9:01 AM PDT
In reply to: it can kill you

Turns out that the charger was NOT an Apple charger but a cheap knockoff. There are lots of them out there.

The average LIU will refer to anything connected to their Apple device as an Apple something.

Had a user recently who called me because her Apple external hard drive was not working.


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While there were such things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2015 9:18 AM PDT
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Indeed there were, but,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 1, 2015 9:34 PM PDT

this lady had a brand new iMac!

I see that an Apple 1 sold for $200,000.00 after being dropped off at a recycling center


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Dad had that SE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2015 10:07 PM PDT

Closest I came to the oldest Apple was the ][. Never did get Oregon Trail for it. Good thing?

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