Apple offers USB charger trade-in deal

6 Aug 2013

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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.

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