Wow that was scary..My Apple charger just exploded and burnt out..

11-08-2013, 11:39 PM
#1
Wow that was scary..My Apple charger just exploded and burnt out..

Scared the hell out of me, I had it plugged in to my surge protector and as soon as I plugged in something else it (The Apple Charger) immediately lit up orange as if it were on fire and popped and a small puff of smoke came out of it.

It ended up blowing a fuse in my bedroom, but the electricity seems to be working fine now that I reset the breaker switch.

I called up Apple to report the incident and so I could find out if the charger is fake or real. They didn't even care about it until the end of the conversation, they were more concerned with my safety and the outlet and making sure nothing in my home is damaged more than anything which was really kind to hear.

They ended up taking down my information and are mailing me out a new charge dongle and lightning sync cable regardless if it is real or fake, but want me to hang on to the one that burnt out in case I'm asked to mail it back in.

Very scary stuff..So please I can't stress it enough as cheap as the knock offs are and while the price may seem enticing. Be safe, and perhaps get a real authentic charger.
11-09-2013, 01:11 AM
#2
That was ridiculous.

Thats why i only charge on direct outlet

11-09-2013, 03:32 AM
#3
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Belfast N Ireland
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The original reports of the charger fires/electrocutions in china were all reported as original chargers I think apple just brung up the idea of fake chargers as damage control, hard to say if it was the chargers fault or not though people seem to be very fond of overloading plugs crazily over there.

If I was you I'd get plenty of photos and all the evidence you can gather, not doubt they will want to get the charger away from you fast and make sure it never see's the light of day again.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
11-09-2013, 03:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Teknikal View Post
The original reports of the charger fires/electrocutions in china were all reported as original chargers I think apple just brung up the idea of fake chargers as damage control, hard to say if it was the chargers fault or not though people seem to be very fond of overloading plugs crazily over there.

If I was you I'd get plenty of photos and all the evidence you can gather, not doubt they will want to get the charger away from you fast and make sure it never see's the light of day again.
Everything I've read contradicts that.
There's a shitload of fake and cheap chargers out there, some of them very dangerous.
I haven't seen any reports on original Apple chargers malfunctioned in any dangerous way.

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11-09-2013, 03:55 AM
#5
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
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I agree. I bought a cheap fake charger a while back (was away and was desperate for a charger)

A month or so later it was hot as anything. Went to turn it off and it exploded ! Big noise, smoke and a burnt finger! Never again
11-09-2013, 04:23 AM
#6
That was close, you might wanna be careful next time. I hear a lot of cases of i phones going wrong, causing even deaths.
11-09-2013, 04:37 AM
#7
Warning to all.. don't buy unofficial lightning cables for iPhone 5s.. they don't work. I tested the same cable on my old iPhone 5, it worked on that fine.. but displayed a message stating the cable or accessories in use was not official (both on iOS 7) I guess some hardware in the 5s, has completely removed the ability to even use 3rd party cables & plugs. No doubt the iPad Air and Mini 2 will be affected by this, and all future iOS devices.
11-09-2013, 06:17 AM
#8
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Location: Upstate NY/USA
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I've read up on this subject a little when noticing my 3rd party/fake charger's was much hotter than the usual one's I'd used. I looked at the specs rating on each and compared them to the original's and were not the same. Some of those other charger's will work although not recommended as it's a strong possibility the batteries life can be shortened more quickly than using the original's.
11-09-2013, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Bytebrain View Post
Everything I've read contradicts that.
There's a shitload of fake and cheap chargers out there, some of them very dangerous.
I haven't seen any reports on original Apple chargers malfunctioned in any dangerous way.
Now it does the original report I read was it was an official apple charger though, I can remember that from the first time I saw the story a few days later Apple started with the whole fake charger thing and the story was reported as being a fake charger contradicting the earlier ones.

My guess is someone was using about 20 things on one plug though which is a recipe for disaster.

Also read earlier today about an iPad Air catching fire in store I'm betting that story does a vanishing trick later in the week as well http://bgr.com/2013/11/08/ipad-air-explosion-fire/

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
11-09-2013, 08:29 AM
#10
I took a few photos of my charge dongle and sync cable and surge protector.

My sync cable is legit, it's the one that came out of the box with my iPhone 5. My charge dongle I don't think is, after comparing it with my mom & dads charge dongles that came with their iPads.

http://postimg.org/gallery/81qvw2o8/