Apple offers USB charger trade-in deal

6 Aug 2013

The iPhone 5

Apple is letting customers exchange dodgy iPhone chargers for an official USB power adapter in Apple stores.

The consumer tech giant today announced its worldwide USB power adapter trade-in programme, following reports that a woman was electrocuted while answering a call on her iPhone 5 while it was plugged into a non-Apple charger and another man fell into a coma.

Beginning on 16 August, customers can exchange iffy USB power adapters at an Apple retail shop or authorised service provider and buy an official Apple charger for US$10 (normally priced at US$19).

To avail of the offer, customers need to turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring their iPhone, iPad or iPod into the store for a serial number validation. The deal is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad or iPod a customer owns, and is valid through 18 October.

Apple said it will ensure any adapters turned in are disposed of in “an environmentally friendly way”, PC Magazine reported.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic