iPhone related death in China could be due to fake charger

ApplePower_270x270CHINA – The death of a woman in China following electrocution when she tried to answer her iPhone as it was plugged into her charger could in fact be related to the fact that it was a non official third party charger.

Mia Ailun was allegedly using a fake iPhone charger for her iPhone 4 instead of using the official charger that is made by Apple and which Apple recommend is the only charger which should be used on the iPhone.

That’s according to Xiang Ligang, a phone expert interviewed by CCTV earlier this week, who suggested that the charger may have had fewer safety measures built into its hardware, and experienced a failure.

The incident is still being investigated by both Apple and local authorities in China and the phone was originally believed to be an iPhone 5 however the device as it turns out is actually an iPhone 4 which was released in 2010 by the company.

Third party chargers are not uncommon and are often a steep discount to the prices of the originals however it is the cheap knockoffs which look identical to the originals that generally cause the safety concerns for consumers.

Last October, Googler Ken Shirriff tested a dozen USB chargers — from the real to the counterfeit — and found wide gaps in both the quality and safety of those devices. Safety science company UL also issued a warning to consumers and retailers about counterfeit Apple USB power adapters making the rounds back in March.

What do you guys think? Would you use a cheap knock off charger even though they may not be as safe? Is it worth it to save a quick buck? Or would you stick to buying the original? Let us know in the comments below.

– Mark


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