Apple Laptop Charger USB Power Adapter Trade-In Announced
Apple have announced a worldwide USB adapter trade-in program aimed at replacing all counterfeit chargers with genuine Apple laptop chargers, where users can walk into an Apple store and pay a small premium (less than the price of a normal Apple charger) to trade-in their third party charger for an Apple laptop charger
This move appears to have been in direct response to an incident in China where a woman was reportedly electrocuted while answering her phone, which was plugged in to a third party charger at the time.
The technology giant is allowing users to trade in their chargers for an additional cost of US$10, or roughly £6.50.
While in their press release they did not specifically refer to this incident, Apple said, “Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third-party adaptors may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues.
While not all third party adaptors have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adaptor Takeback Programme to enable customers to acquire properly designed adaptors.
“Customer safety is a top priority at Apple.”
The Director General of the UK Electrical Safety Council, Phil Buckle, had this advice for consumers, “This is worrying as faulty electrical goods are a leading cause of severe electric shock in the UK and cause thousands of house fires each year.
Counterfeit electrical goods almost always contain incorrect or faulty parts that can overheat or break just days after purchase. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.”
Fighting Against Dangerous, Fake Chargers
Imperial Gadgets is proud to support the fight against unsafe, cheaply made chargers that could put people’s electronics at risk – this is one of the reasons we were started in the first place. This is why we wish to reiterate our commitment to quality and assure our customers that:
- Imperial Gadgets’ laptop charger is compatible with Mac laptops including MacBook and MacBook Pros,
- Our iPhone 3/4/4S, iPhone 5 and iPad chargers are supposed by USB charger cable to our charger unit, not to an external USB-plug (which is the source of Apple’s concern),
- All our chargers carry a warranty underlining our commitment to not cutting corners and maintaining high international safety standards.
To see how using an Imperial Gadgets charger can allow you to charge both your laptop and phone or tablet, visit our store today. We hope we can prove to you that our Apple laptop charger is one of the best around.