Apple sounds warning: older iPhone charger safety risk

A couple months back, we heard about a problem Nokia was facing with the chargers for the Lumia 2520, as they were released in certain European nations. The company identified a small but nonetheless present risk that users might inadvertently end up shocking themselves while inserting or removing the plug, and subsequently halted sales and got busy exchanging defective models. This week, a very similar story is unfolding for Apple, as it faces its own issues with faulty chargers in the EU.

The good news for Apple is that it’s not dealing with a current product like Nokia was; this alert only concerns chargers for older phones. Specifically, we’re looking at the Apple 5W European USB power adapter that came with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, from 2009 through 2012. It’s Apple’s model A1300, and can be distinguished by its solid gray “CE” logo.

According to Apple, it’s possible that the charger can overheat and pose a risk to users. If you have one of these A1300 models, Apple will exchange it for a non-faulty version (the A1400), which can be done at Apple stores, authorized service providers, or by mail though Apple tech support.

While you’re waiting to get a replacement (assuming you’re still using any of this old gear), Apple says to just use your computer to charge your phone. You know, that or any one of the million other USB chargers you’ve probably got lying around.

Source: Apple
Via: iLounge

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