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Apple starts replacement program for bad USB power adapters

Apple has announced it will swap any counterfeit or third-party USB iPhone charger and provide a new one for $10 in response to recent electrocution stories

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Third-party and counterfeit chargers are thought to be the cause of recent electrocution incidents

Following a number of reports of people being electrocuted by their iPhones, Apple has announced a third-party charger takeback programme.

In an announcement on apple.com, Apple announced that the takeback programme would run from 16th August to 18th October, allowing iPhone, iPad and iPod owners to bring their third-party or counterfeit chargers to any Apple store or Authorised Apple Service Provider and purchase an official charger for the discounted rate of $10 (or local currency equivalent).

The offer puts a new charger at almost half price (a brand new charger, outside of the take back programme, will set you back $19/£15), making it an attractive option for those who may have purchased a third-party offering citing Apple’s official design as being too expensive.

Customers who wish to take advantage of the offer will need to bring both the third-party charger and their relevant device for serial verification.

Apple also recently posted further information on how to identify an official Apple charger.

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