Apple recalls iPhone power adaptors

September 23, 2008 // 9:03 a.m.

Tags: #adaptor #electric #iphone #mains #power #recall #shock #usb

Apple has issued a recall programme for the mains to USB power adaptors supplied with its iPhone range and available as an additional accessory on various iPod devices.

According to BetaNews, the ultra-compact chargers have a flaw which can result in the metal prongs breaking off and remaining lodged in power sockets – possibly leaving a lovely means to get a mains-voltage shock if you're not careful.

So far, the recall only affects two-pronged 'flat' units sold in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and numerous South American countries using the same power system. European 'round prong' units and the UK three-pin units are not affected by the recall, being – it would seem – built of sterner stuff.

Despite no mention of any known casualties, Apple isn't taking the problem lightly – the official page for the recall states that users should “immediately stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultracompact adapter.” Having had, at various points in my life, numerous mains-voltage shocks I can only agree that this is excellent advice.

The programme will begin accepting faulty units in Apple Stores in the affected countries starting on the 10th of October, or units can be sent back to Apple for immediate replacement via the web form. Note that replacement will take “approximately 3 weeks”, during which time Apple advises that affected owners charge their iPhone by “connecting it to their computer with the USB cable that came with their iPhone or by using a standard-sized Apple USB Power Adapter (with fold up prongs) or with a third party adapter designed to work with the iPhone, such as a car charger.

Have any of our American readers suffered from the self-dismantling mains adaptors, or is Apple just being extra-cautious with the recall? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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