Apple to launch USB Power Adapter Takeback program; new chargers to cost $10

Two separate incidents in China that involved the use of a counterfeit USB charger for the iPhone 4 resulted in the death of a woman and the placement of a man in a coma in July. Today, Apple announced a new program that's designed to get rid of the counterfeit chargers that have been made for many of their products.

In a new page on the Apple website, the company has announced the launch of a new USB Power Adapter Takeback program. While Apple said that not all third party chargers have issues, this new program is being put into place to make sure iPhone, iPad and iPod owners have USB adapters that have been "properly designed."

The program begins on August 16th and runs until October 18th. During that time, anyone can bring in a USB adapter made for the iPhone, iPad or iPod to an Apple store or an authorized Apple dealer for disposal. At the same time, those same people can purchase new official USB chargers from Apple for just $10. Normally the price of a charger would be $19. Customers must bring both their old charger and their iPhone, iPad or iPod with them in order to take advantage of the special $10 offer.

Apple has also set up a page on their site that shows users how they can identify if their USB charge is a genuine Apple product, such as the above image for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad mini.

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Awesome that they're offering the adapter at 50% off in order to rectify a problem that wasn't theirs to begin with. Don't see many companies doing that.

I get that, and ok you have made a good point, but if you go into a store, buy a food item or something, that something turns out to be bad (if food) or counterfeit (if goods) said item gets recalled, you take the item back for a refund or replacement, you don't pay for that, so what's the difference here?

you're adding a third party in in there that doesn't apply in this situation...buying food and returning it isn't dealing with who made it, or who was supposed to have made it.

No my mistake, I thought these fakes were actually being shipped as the real thing in the same box, I only found out these were 'aftermarket' fakes

Have you read the article or do you have a death wish? Two people who used a counterfeit USB charger for their iPhone left one dead and the other in a coma.

a0me said,
Have you read the article or do you have a death wish? Two people who used a counterfeit USB charger for their iPhone left one dead and the other in a coma.

Ssh..Darwinism and all that.

Who said they're counterfiets? I've had iPod touch chargers from there and they've never gave me a shock they work as intended.

I did wonder why the apple chargers were so much more expensive. Guess you really do get what you pay for. Having said that, my official LG charger for the Nexus I got for £2 hasn't killed me......yet :-)

The easiest way out of this problem is to change to USB cables and let chargers be someone else's problem.

EDIT: Or remove whatever the technical restriction is.

Should of been $10 to begin with. I can get OEM chargers for Android phones for $5 - $10 bucks. If Apple's chargers were not so expensive to begin with....people woudlnt be buying cheapos. Or at least not as much.

I posted this on the original news story - Apple's chargers are roughly the same price as all of the other manufacturers when you buy direct.

The 10w adapter is the same price and it comes with the dock connector cable, and the long extension cord (at least it used to).

I just checked the Apple store online. Still $20. I can buy Android OEM chargers from Amazon and other places for my phone for around $5. Cable included

You're comparing Apple's to oranges - compare the prices of Apple's charger at Apple's store, Nokia's charger at Nokia's store, Samsung's charger at Samsung's store - etc, etc. If I go to Amazon and search for "iPhone OEM charger" and "Nexus OEM Charger" I get tones of results, ranging from $1.50 to $20 - no idea what's real, what's fake, etc.

Brian M said,
You're comparing Apple's to oranges - compare the prices of Apple's charger at Apple's store, Nokia's charger at Nokia's store, Samsung's charger at Samsung's store - etc, etc. If I go to Amazon and search for "iPhone OEM charger" and "Nexus OEM Charger" I get tones of results, ranging from $1.50 to $20 - no idea what's real, what's fake, etc.

Sorry, you can't realize with people who are hell bent on blaming Apple for everything. I thought that the fact that accessories bought from the official source where more expensive than buying from a legit third-party, and knock-offs were cheaper and more dangerous than the others was common knowledge, but I guess I was wrong. I spent $30 on a Samsung Media Dock for my Galaxy Note, but people want to crap the bed over Apple doing it.

What a joke! Apple will take back and dispose of the 3rd party charger that you purchased. Well, at least they will replace it with an official Apple charger for free or at cost, right? WRONG! You can buy a charger from them for $10. How is this a good deal for we consumers -- especially given the fact that most of these 3rd party chargers work just fine?

This is a great way to throw away a perfectly good charger and your money PLUS line Apple's pockets even more by buying a new charger from them. Thanks but no thanks, Apple.

We're not talking about iPhone chargers made by Belkin here. These are dangerous, counterfeit chargers. But hey, if you're cheap and you want to gamble with your life, then be my guest. Can I have your stuff after you get fried?

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