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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

Soulskill posted about 4 months ago | from the marketed-as-the-only-incendiary-device-you'll-ever-need dept.

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jones_supa sends word that Apple has launched an exchange program for European iPhone USB power adapters. The company says its A1300 adapters were bundled with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S models, and were also sold on their own from Oct. 2009 to Sept. 2012. The reason for the recall is that the adapters "may overheat and pose a safety risk." No further details are provided (a YouTube video shows a teardown of the device).

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That sucks. (4, Funny)

B33rNinj4 (666756) | about 4 months ago | (#47231775)

Looks like global warming is impacting everything now.

"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

Kenja (541830) | about 4 months ago | (#47231837)

Anyone have a real world example of these overheating?

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (4, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47231977)

Usually they don't issue recalls over completely unsubstantiated hypotheticals.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232261)

Even still the term prone is a gross exaggeration meant to generate click bait.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47232335)

I think you're mistaking prone for meaning "more likely than not" or some other highly specific threshold. That's not the definition.

  adj. Having a tendency; inclined: paper that is prone to yellowing; children who are prone to mischief.

That's a totally reasonable usage of the word, and not even remotely hyperbolic.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232385)

I think you're mistaking prone for meaning "more likely than not" or some other highly specific threshold. That's not the definition.

    adj. Having a tendency; inclined: paper that is prone to yellowing; children who are prone to mischief.

Prone means "likely to do, have, or suffer from something" (Merriam Webster). Something that happens in "rare cases" does not match any definition of prone.

That's a totally reasonable usage of the word, and not even remotely hyperbolic.

It is extremely hyperbolic. But you're blinded by hate of Apple and desperate for a gotcha.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47232405)

No, I'm "blinded" by basic respect for the conventional understanding of the English language, and not being literally insane.

What the hell is wrong with you?

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232473)

Since when did "may" get downgraded to "seldom"?

You seem to think "may" means that it happens only rarely. "May" can mean "9 in 10" just as much as it can mean "1 in 10".

For example "Redheads may need to choose stronger sunscreen" vs "Future Apple phones may not be jailbreakable".

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232803)

You're right. "May" simply means it is possible, with no indication as to the probability of that possibility. Yet the headline uses "prone to," which DOES indicate a high probability. Hence the OP's asking if anyone has ever seen this happen - given that there are tens of millions of these chargers out there in Europe and nobody has heard of this before, the probability of this happening must be extremely low. "Prone to" is therefore poor wording and possibly trolling/click bait.

The fact that people are trying to defend this obviously poor wording rather than saying the usual "ha ha slashdot editors are idiots" indicates a vested interest on the part of those who have been hooked by the troll.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

mirix (1649853) | about 4 months ago | (#47233395)

I think 'Prone to' is fine here. Apparently the iPhone chargers are more prone to starting on fire than a standard charger would be expected to. It's a relative thing.

Ford Pintos were prone to starting on fire. Not even a small minority of them actually did, though.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233485)

No. "More prone" is a relative thing, because the "more" imbues the relativity. "Prone" on its own does not imply anything relative to anything else.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233599)

"prone" from Latin "pronus" = leaning forward, as in leaning toward overheating. Something leaning doesn't necessarily topple - see Pisa - but it is inclined (literally!) toward it.

The odd thing is that I came into this thread thinking that maybe you were right and my understanding of "prone" was wrong, but then I thought back to my Latin class, checked the full OED and contrasted with the abridged American English dictionaries on the web, and realised this is one of those cases where the Internet English has taken the nuances out of words, preferring an extreme interpretation.

Now I prefer someone who works English with a scalpel rather than a jackhammer, so I'm aligned with the article writer's use.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232093)

I was charging my 4S in Switzerland. I unplugged to make a phone call, 30 seconds later, the charger blew up in the wall. Fried.

It was the charger that came new in box with the 4S, sold in 'Murika!

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 months ago | (#47232461)

On the one hand, I have used cheap generic chargers bought in the US with no problems in European outlets.

On the other hand, there are different electrical standards in play here.

Still. I've used the cheapest parts I could lay my hands on and never managed a fire or explosion.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232109)

"May" is legalese for "don't panic but bad things happened". It's like saying "_allegedly_ you flashed that woman".

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

Desler (1608317) | about 4 months ago | (#47232329)

Apple didn't even say "may". They said "in rare cases". Sure, that is CYA wording but twisting that into saying it is prone to overheating is simply baiting.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (2, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#47232129)

Apple obviously does.

This isn't a 3rd party saying it, this is Apple themselves.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (0)

Desler (1608317) | about 4 months ago | (#47232295)

Apple did not say any such thing. Their exact words were:

Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the Apple 5W European USB power adapter may overheat

http://www.apple.com/uk/suppor... [apple.com]

Nowhere did they use the word "prone". Rare cases != prone. It's a troll bait title.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 4 months ago | (#47233259)

Submitter here, thanks for the feedback.

Re:"May" is not a synonym for "prone". (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 4 months ago | (#47232395)

It's spanned 3 generations of the iPhone with no mention until now so it can't be that frequent that you'll find someone on here with a real world example.

Sigh (5, Funny)

ledow (319597) | about 4 months ago | (#47231967)

From the "geniuses of design" that brought you "drag the cd to the wastebin to eject it", "no physical cd eject button", "imacs with power buttons you can't feel on the back of them", "phones that you lose signal on if you hold while using them to call" and more...

Now we have "over-stuffed proprietary charger that overheats".

Re:Sigh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232159)

From the "geniuses of design" that brought you "drag the cd to the wastebin to eject it", "no physical cd eject button"

First of all, drag to the trash was a short cut. The official design had an extremely logical eject menu item [sticksoftware.com] .
Second of all every Mac ever made with a CD drive as a physical eject button.
Third having the system do the ejecting is far better design than allowing retarded design of allowing people to screw up their system by manually ejecting media.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232309)

I clearly remember the Macs at my school NOT having a CD eject button.

Re:Sigh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232409)

Re:Sigh (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about 4 months ago | (#47232495)

That appears to not be an eject button, but a manual override. It would typically require something like a paperclip to operate, which is different from an eject button.

Re:Sigh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232545)

It's a button that ejects CDs. Just because it's meant to be used only in emergencies doesn't make it not an eject button.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232771)

It's a button that ejects CDs. Just because it's meant to be used only in emergencies doesn't make it not an eject button.

A button is a knob on a piece of electrical or electronic equipment that is pressed to operate it. What you are referring would be the manual eject hole. On all the internal PC drives I've installed they come with both the eject button and the manual eject hole.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232867)

That manual eject hole is a "knob on a piece of electrical or electronic equipment that is pressed to operate it."

It's a button here is a better definition.

: a small part of a machine that you push to make the machine work [merriam-webster.com]

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233099)

It is not a button but a mechanical lever.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233149)

Lever definition

"a rigid bar resting on a pivot, used to help move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other."

Nope not a lever.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233337)

I just can't believe how goddamned stupid you are. I give you credit for sticking to your guns though, no matter how fucking wrong you are.

Re:Sigh (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 months ago | (#47232507)

THAT is not an eject button.

Tell your average granny or joe sixpack off the street to go take a paperclip to that stupid little hole an they will look at you like you've got a second head.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232601)

It's a button that ejects disks. That makes it an eject button.

Re:Sigh (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 4 months ago | (#47232917)

Home plate is base after third in baseball.

Players run from third to home when they score.

As such, those are all home runs.

Also, you're an idiot.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232975)

Home plate is base after third in baseball.

Players run from third to home when they score.

As such, those are all runs.

Definition of a home run. "a fair hit that allows the batter to make a complete circuit of the bases without stopping and score a run."
Therefore a running from only third base to home is not a home run.

Definition of a button. "a small part of a machine that you push to make the machine work" [merriam-webster.com]
The manual eject on a cd drive is a small part of a machine that you push to make the machine work. There for that manual eject is a button.

Re:Sigh (1)

sjames (1099) | about 4 months ago | (#47233055)

Push the eject HOLE with your finger and see what (doesn't) happen.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233107)

No where in the definition of a button does it saw it must be operated by a finger.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233659)

I would take lift-your-finger-and-press-the-button eject over find-and-bend-a-paper-clip-then-poke-through-the-little-hole eject any day. It is so much more user friendly.

Re:Sigh (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47232963)

Tell your average granny or joe sixpack off the street to go take a paperclip to that stupid little hole an they will look at you like you've got a second head.

I know how that feels.

signed,
Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Re:Sigh (1)

sjames (1099) | about 4 months ago | (#47233039)

That is not a button, it's a HOLE. It says so right in the picture.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233081)

Through witch you operate a button.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232417)

My Oldschool macpro g5 lacks an eject button.

Technically one could slide the faceplate out of the way and try to access the eject button on the hidden cdrom drive, but it is not easy.

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/creative-hardware/opinion-why-apple-needs-overhaul-mac-pros-dated-design/

perhaps you can show us where the "eject" button is?

Why post "every mac ever made" when this is clearly not the case?

Re:Sigh (2)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about 4 months ago | (#47232499)

perhaps you can show us where the "eject" button is?

Top-right hand corner of the keyboard.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232515)

perhaps you can show us where the "eject" button is?

You already know where it is

Technically one could slide the faceplate out of the way and try to access the eject button on the hidden cdrom drive, but it is not easy.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232627)

Third having the system do the ejecting is far better design than allowing retarded design of allowing people to screw up their system by manually ejecting media.

I strongly disagree. I hate the fact that stupid applications eject CDs on their own when done ripping or burning because I always have a lot of stuff on my desk and would prefer that the tray on my laptop would never open without me pressing the button by hand. When I press the button, I automagically also remove any objects that might be in front of the tray but if it's unexpectedly opened by the system, the tray might in the worst case cause a coffee cup to spill or break itself if something heavy prevents it from opening (the former has been much too close for comfort but the latter is just what I expect flimsy plastic servos to do). Maybe you're thinking of floppy drives? Those could supposedly damage the floppy if you ejected it when it was still in use. But I'm too young to have enough experience of floppies to know. However, I suspect that the babies of today will have even less experience of using any physical media for the purpose of moving data around. Possibly physical devices that complement passwords for accessing data in the cloud if cheap and reliable biometric IDs don't become available.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232669)

What do you think would happen to a cd if you could hit the eject button during the middle of a burn and have that cd eject?

Having a OS decide when it's safe to eject media is a far better than allowing the user to eject when ever they want. If you need a more recent example, look at all the problems people have with ripping out USB sticks.

Re:Sigh (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 4 months ago | (#47233551)

Tell that to g5 iMacs, intel iMacs, all powerbooks, all macbooks, the mac mini, and ibooks

Re:Sigh (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 4 months ago | (#47232167)

What I found surprising is that the iPhone home button has no LED to illuminate it.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232187)

What I found surprising is that the iPhone home button has no LED to illuminate it.

Good. That's a waste of battery life for something that's completely unnecessary.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232325)

...said the butthurt iPhone user.

Re:Sigh (1)

Desler (1608317) | about 4 months ago | (#47232339)

Butthurt over what? Care to show that even 1% of 1% of iPhone users have even voiced such a complaint?

Re:Sigh (0)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#47232213)

Neither does a clitoris or a nipple, but people have successfully used them for millennia. ;-)

Re:Sigh (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232243)

Neither does a clitoris or a nipple, but people have successfully used them for millennia. ;-)

theres no part of the clitoris or the female orgasm that is necessary for anything.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233263)

theres no part of the clitoris or the female orgasm that is necessary for anything.

Much like your good self then.

Re:Sigh (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 4 months ago | (#47232425)

It never moves so why would I need it?

Re:Sigh (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 4 months ago | (#47232673)

I dunno, the position just screams for a LED. The button "looks dead" without it.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232713)

I bet your car looks like this.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233357)

Looks like what? Pics or it didn't happen.

Re:Sigh (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 4 months ago | (#47233209)

Thinking about it, I can't think of any phone that's had an led in the button. I'm kind of glad too, I'm not sure if that would look tacky or not.

Re:Sigh (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 4 months ago | (#47233235)

There is this Android thingy.

Re:Sigh (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 4 months ago | (#47233333)

Neither me or my friend's android phones had buttons that lit up. Unless it's an optional thing they disliked. But still I don't think it's that big of a thing.

Re:Sigh (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 4 months ago | (#47233405)

It is a common thing in the Android platform.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232185)

But this "fault" serves a critical function; if it burns your house down, you will most likely never leave a recharger unattended.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232259)

I won't defend Apple's more memorable UI decisions, but this sounds like a simple case of precision engineering when over engineering is appropriate. If you get the spec that EU power uses 230 volts and you build and test your adaptors to 230 volts, things may go poorly when you run into the 240 volt lines. Just due to the statistics of bulk orders, many adaptors will survive 250 volts without any damage, but some will be close to the fail/pass line with very little tolerance for the variation across EU power lines.

Re:Sigh (1, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 4 months ago | (#47232371)

Wow for a multi-billion dollar company.
6 Problems over the course of 20 years. Not too bad.
And a lot of these Problems you stated are just your personal gripes not actually real problems.

Re:Sigh (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 4 months ago | (#47233327)

If only it were those six... Overheating CPUs due to excessive thermal paste, moisture sensors that invalidated your warranty due to high humidity, using cheap 6 bit panels but claiming "millions of colours", batteries that die quickly due to having to support an inadequate charger during heavy loads, being able to crash any app by typing "file:///"... Of course many other companies are no better, the point being that Apple screw up as much as anyone.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233401)

Steve is dead. You can stop sucking his cock. It isn't gonna get you anywhere.

Re:Sigh (0)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 4 months ago | (#47232419)

It does have a physical cd eject button. It's on the keyboard. I've never had an issue with power buttons either but then again I use the things rather than just repeat things I've heard online.

Re:Sigh (0, Troll)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 months ago | (#47232549)

Clearly you have a problem with the English language. Or perhaps it's just the "1984" mentality that infests the Apple hive mind.

A special key that sits on an external peripheral is not a "physical CD eject button". It's not even a proper electronic switch mounted on the device. It's just another key on the keyboard that you HOPE some intermediate software will take as a hint to eject the CD.

Fanboys go to interesting lengths to twist reality to suit their brand fixation.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232585)

I got news for you. That button on the front of a cd drive relies on software too.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232777)

With floppy drives, it was a physical button that worked whether the computer power was on or off. With CD/DVD drives, there may be some software involved.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232799)

With floppy drives, it was a physical button that worked whether the computer power was on or off. With CD/DVD drives, there may be some software involved.

Any many, many floppy drives were ruined by that retarded design of allowing someone to manually eject them. Thank fully apple was smart enough to fix that flaw in their Macs.

Re:Sigh (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47232993)

Disconnect data cable from CD/DVD drive. Power up PC. Press eject button. It works.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233003)

Correct it works all thanks to software embedded in the drive.

Re:Sigh (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47233029)

Aren't we supposed to call embedded software "firmware"? You're grasping at straws here, anyway. It's a physical button that's part of the drive, talking to a controller that's also part of the drive.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233067)

Firmware definition

"Permanent software programmed into a read-only memory."

Re:Sigh (0)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about 4 months ago | (#47233013)

You fucking idiot. Your CD drive button relies on software too. It's no different except it's on the drive and both the cd drive button and the keyboard eject button rarely fail when operated by a human and no some basement dwelling rage turd angry at life.

Protip: Cheetos dust isn't good for electronics.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232855)

Herpa derp. TIL proprietary charger = USB wall wort.

Re:Sigh (1, Informative)

MikeMo (521697) | about 4 months ago | (#47232987)

Here's a bit of history for you. Way back in the computing dark ages (you know, the early 80's), all desktop computers had a common problem: people would remove the floppy disks (sometimes the boot volume) in a rather rude way. They would simply push the eject button. Sometimes, this resulted in computer crashes. Sometimes, it resulted in corrupt files, as the system had not yet flushed all of the data to the floppy and closed the file.

Along came Macintosh, and Apple was determined to do things "right". They removed the eject button and made it a software action. This way, silly humans could not remove the floppy (or any other disk) unless the software allowed it - no open files, no application in use, not the boot volume, etc. Even when CDs came along, this still made sense, as you could be running a program from that very CD.

Now, personally, I always thought the trash can thingy was confusing, but there was also an "Eject Disk" menu. The drag to trash can is a short cut.

The point is, the lack of an eject button was not some stupid aesthetic thing, something to make the computer look better - it grew out of a very real problem that needed solving.

Now get off my lawn!

Re:Sigh (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 4 months ago | (#47233355)

It's the worst possible solution to that problem. The route everyone else took of putting a physical eject button on the CD drive that made the drive's firmware spit the disc out is the correct way to go. The computer gets notified and burners won't eject during a write, and most importantly even if the computer locks up or won't boot you can always get the disc out. Apple even forgot to make the emergency eject hole accessible.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233663)

but back in the days, that was for a CDROM with no write access. So the worse case that can happen if the user pop the disc out while it is read is to simply ask the user to reinsert the disc again. Not like it is going to corrupt the data on a read only media or anything.

Samsung will go one better! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232069)

They'll come out with a charger that explodes!

Obviously... (5, Funny)

Fire_Wraith (1460385) | about 4 months ago | (#47232071)

They're holding it wrong.

Re:Obviously... (2)

mu51c10rd (187182) | about 4 months ago | (#47232471)

They're holding it wrong.

Quite incorrect. I believe the late Steve Jobs would tell them they are charging it wrong.

Re:Obviously... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 4 months ago | (#47232509)

Careful there, this is a family website.

Re:Obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232685)

Careful there, this is a family website.

it's only been a family site since i fucked your mother

In Europe (1)

rossdee (243626) | about 4 months ago | (#47232423)

Didn't the EU mandate that phones had to charge with microUSB connectors?
That has to be the stupidest thing since GWB invaded Iraq

Re:In Europe (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232555)

Somewhat, it's not mandatory at this point, it is something you can opt into (which Apple did however). It will become mandatory later. Apple meets the microUSB obligation by offering for sale an adapter (and marketting models with the adapter included) between microUSB and lightning. The adapter is 35€ IIRC.
Strangely, that adapter is one of Apples worst selling accessories.

I thought I was going crazy (1)

Bitbyte (3688405) | about 4 months ago | (#47232505)

I really did think I was going crazy that after a 6 hour charge my I phone charger long pin was burning hot

Re:I thought I was going crazy (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47232997)

After six hours of use, my long pin would be burning hot too.

Prices (0)

MrL0G1C (867445) | about 4 months ago | (#47232559)

Lol, Ebay charger £1, Apples charger £15:

Apple 5w usb plug charger [apple.com]

eBay 5w usb plug charger [ebay.co.uk]

Re:Prices (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47232869)

As many teardowns and analyses have discovered (http://www.righto.com/2014/05/a-look-inside-ipad-chargers-pricey.html), Apple's chargers are much better engineered, more robust, safer, and put out better quality power than the cheap alternatives. That doesn't mean the cheap ones don't work fine for most people, and it doesn't mean Apple's are flawless, but it does mean you're getting a more robust product with less chance of failure and safety issues for the extra money. Whether that is worth it to you or not is up to you - but don't pretend both products are equivalent.

Re:Prices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233427)

Less chance of a failure....isn't this story exactly because of failure which can surely be pinned directly on those better engineering engineers.

Re:Prices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47233529)

less chance != zero chance, you dumbfuck retard

Re:Prices (1)

mirix (1649853) | about 4 months ago | (#47233479)

The $1 iphone charger I took apart was such a poor design and construction. Very little isolation, so unsafe. two transistor resonant style switching setup, cheapest there is. Too small output capacitors making the output very noisy. Though it claimed 1A, it was dropping out by 300mA. Not even close. No input filtering at all. no fuse. I'm surprised the things work at all, really.

That's not to say that it isn't possible to make a good charger for less than a .. whatever ripoff pricing apple charges, $30? There should be room to profit on a $5-10 charger, and meet all standards... But the $1 ones are absolute garbage, and no one should use them, ever.

Re:Prices (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 4 months ago | (#47233595)

Sure, because all power supplies are created equal, right?

Like a 29$ walmart DVD player is built the same as 150$ one.

Too late to matter (1)

johnjaydk (584895) | about 4 months ago | (#47232599)

That shit is almost ancient. Who gives a damn?

If something that old haven't burned your house down yet then it's likely to be safe.

They should have used genuine Apple chargers. (0)

Moskit (32486) | about 4 months ago | (#47232605)

Apple themselves warn that non-genuine chargers can lead to overheating and other problems:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT... [apple.com]

Apple even still recommends Apple chargers.
http://www.apple.com/support/u... [apple.com]
"we recommend getting an Apple USB power adapter."

Talk about throwing rocks, glass houses, shooting yourself in a foot...

Re:They should have used genuine Apple chargers. (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 4 months ago | (#47232695)

There's also an interesting Fake Apple USB Charger Teardown [youtube.com] by Dave Jones.

Not surprising (2)

Emperor Tiberius (673354) | about 4 months ago | (#47233227)

I had a PowerBook charger nearly catch fire back in the day. Had I not caught the burning smell, I might have lost my whole house.

I'm always a little cagey about leaving laptops plugged in unattended nowadays.
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