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Apple asks Chinese customers to not use third-party chargers, due to risk of death

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After two tragic iPhone-related incidents that resulted in the death of one Chinese woman [2] and a man going into a coma [3], Apple has put up a special page on its China website to inform users about the use of officially approved chargers.

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According to The Next Web, the message at the top of the page states that:

“Apple has always placed the safety of its consumers as a foremost concern, and that all of its products, including the iPhone and iPad, must go through rigorous testing for safety and reliability.”

This is followed by a recommendation to purchase chargers only if they have the labels shown in the images:

“When you charge your iPhone or iPad, we suggest that you use all USB power adapters with correspondingly-labeled USB cables. These adapters and cables can be purchased as individual items from Apple and authorized Apple retailers.”

This is obviously a response to the claims that the reason for those two incidents were unauthorized chargers. Apple promised a full investigation after the first accident, and while the company didn’t directly say the results of that investigation showed that it was indeed the fault of a poorly made third party charger, that may just be the case.

The lesson here, folks, is only use official chargers or third-party chargers from reliable sources. Avoid cheap, unreliable chargers from unknown manufacturer XYZ because you may save money but it just isn’t worth the risk.

[via The Next Web [5]]