Apple replacing third-party USB power adapters following safety concerns

Apple has announced a new trade-in programme for counterfeit and third-party USB power adapters, following several reports of safety issues with knock-offs, including fires.

Under the new programme beginning on 16 August, customers can take in their third-party adapters and get a replacement adapter for $10 or the approximate equivalent in local currency. Apple says it will ensure old adapters are disposed of in an environmently friendly way. To be eligible, you must bring one USB power adapter and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod that it is associated with.

"Customer safety is a top priority at Apple," the company wrote. "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."

The scheme comes after Ma Ailun, a 23-year-old flight attendant with China Southern Airlines, died from what was believed to be from the shock of a counterfeit charger. Apple promised to "fully investigate" the situation. 

If you're waary about your charger and want to trade it in, you'll need to act by 18 October to get the special pricing.



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