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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating 128

Posted by Soulskill
from the marketed-as-the-only-incendiary-device-you'll-ever-need dept.
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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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

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  • That sucks. (Score:5, Funny)

    by B33rNinj4 (666756) on Friday June 13, 2014 @02:34PM (#47231775) Homepage Journal
    Looks like global warming is impacting everything now.
  • Anyone have a real world example of these overheating?
    • by i kan reed (749298) on Friday June 13, 2014 @02:55PM (#47231977) Homepage Journal

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

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by gstoddart (321705)

      Apple obviously does.

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

    • 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 (Score:5, Funny)

    by ledow (319597) on Friday June 13, 2014 @02:54PM (#47231967) Homepage

    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".

    • What I found surprising is that the iPhone home button has no LED to illuminate it.
      • by gstoddart (321705)

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

        • by Anonymous Coward

          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.

      • It never moves so why would I need it?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by jellomizer (103300)

      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.

      • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

        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.

    • 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: (Score:2, Informative)

      by MikeMo (521697)
      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"
      • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

        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.

        • by MikeMo (521697)
          The computer does get notified (sometimes) but the disk is already gone - the open and incomplete file is not fixable, the OS the system booted on is no longer available. Maybe you weren't there, as I can tell you this was one of the big issues being debated in the industry - how to solve this very problem - and Apple was the first and only company to fix it.

          You CAN get the disc out on a Mac, two ways: 1) Power up while holding down the mouse button. This causes the boot firmware to eject the disc; and
      • by thegarbz (1787294)

        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.

        False and you have proven that when you mentioned that CD's also have that "problem". The presence of a button means nothing at all. Try ejecting a CD while burning it, or while ripping an ISO, or while doing any action with any software that has the sense to lock the eject button.

        Post floppy disk, all eject buttons ARE software actions in control of the OS, hence the physical hole next to the CD which allows you to override the locking mechanism with a paperclip.

  • by Fire_Wraith (1460385) on Friday June 13, 2014 @03:04PM (#47232071)
    They're holding it wrong.
  • Didn't the EU mandate that phones had to charge with microUSB connectors?
    That has to be the stupidest thing since GWB invaded Iraq

    • by Anonymous Coward

      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 really did think I was going crazy that after a 6 hour charge my I phone charger long pin was burning hot
  • Lol, Ebay charger £1, Apples charger £15:

    Apple 5w usb plug charger [apple.com]

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

    • by mirix (1649853)

      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? Th

      • by MrL0G1C (867445)

        Of course an Apple charger-plug would never over-heat or anything.

        Note that £1 ($1.69) includes postage+packing+ebay+paypal fees which means the plug cost...almost nothing, I'm amazed that they can sell it at that price, the charger must only cost a few pennies to make.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • by Emperor Tiberius (673354) on Friday June 13, 2014 @05:47PM (#47233227) Homepage
    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.
  • The page says "We will need to verify your iPhone serial number as part of the exchange process so please bring your iPhone with you." so if you don't have the iPhone the charger came with they will not replace it. They are still dangerous and still made by Apple so why not replace them?
    • It's even worse than that, when you consider that (as stated in TFA) Apple sold them separately, too! How do you show the store clerk the S/N of the iPhone the charger came with, when it was purchased as a standalone, after-market accessory?

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