Apple offers $10 trade-in for third-party chargers

Jordan O'Brien
August 6, 2013

After the recent spate of electrocutions from the iPhone 5, Apple is hoping to stop it from happening again by offering customers the chance to trade-in their third-party USB adapters in return for an official one at the cut down price of $10.

Users can pop into any Apple store and simply swap out the adapter which Apple will simply get rid of.

Apple has updated its website with a statement about the program which reads: “Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third-party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues.

“While not all third-party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.”

The promotion will not run indefinitely, with it scheduled to end October 19 and will begin in the US on August 16.

If you’re hoping to get one then you will have to take your iPhone, iPad or iPod to an Apple Store for the serial number to be verified — after which you’ll be given the opportunity to trade-in one third-party adapter per device.

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