Chinese Woman Electrocuted by iPhone 4 Likely Used Unauthorized Charger

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    Ma Ailun, the 23-year-old Chinese woman who was killed via electric shock when answering a call on her iPhone last week, was most likely using an unauthorized third party charger, reports the South China Morning Post.

    Knockoff chargers often use low cost supplies and fail to meet standards for the adequate isolation of electrical input and output, making them more dangerous than brand name chargers that are subject to safety regulations.

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    The alleged phone and charger that were in use during the incident.​
    The woman was also reportedly using an iPhone 4 at the time of the incident, rather than an iPhone 5 as was originally stated. The iPhone 4 contains stainless steel, while the iPhone 5 is primarily aluminum. It is still unclear what caused the malfunction, as the iPhone 4 apparently remained functional after the incident.
    A police investigation into the incident is underway, and Apple has pledged to look into the accident. "We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident," said an Apple spokeswoman. "We will fully investigate and co-operate with the authorities in this matter."

    A second iPhone related electrocution has also been reported (via ZDNet), involving a man who was injured while connecting his iPhone 4 to a third party charger 10 days ago. The man, who is currently in a hospital in Beijing, remains in a coma.

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    now do you see why Apple created the lightning cable?
     
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    People use knock off cables and news outlet blow the stories out of proportions and blame it on Apple, just to get attention.

    Yep, that's pretty much it.
     
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    *throws away 6 generic chargers*
     
  5. macrumors member

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    Yeah, how dare he make fun of chargers! Doesn't he realize that chargers have feelings?!
     
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    Lots of people called it right, but the trolls said otherwise.

    Bootleg gear can kill you...
     
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    I also read that that women was taking a bath when she received a phone call, got out of a tub and took a phone call.
     
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    The Original Article repeatedly stated she used the Official Apple Charger. Not Trolling.
     
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    Yet the phone and accessories remained intact. Amazing!
     
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    It was a claim from a family member. Some believed it, others didn't. Either could have been right.
     
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    I knew the facts would come out in the end, wonder if sites that reported the original story will update the facts now?

    FYI most of the time I charge my 3Gs when hooked up to my iMac and syncing the data. I've answered the phone a few times and played games, never been electrocuted once.
     
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    Good thing it wasn't an American, then the senate would demand to interrogate Tim Cook in another hearing while whining about how rich Apple is.
     
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    Yup, my old office almost burned down because of a chinese laptop battery. I don't play around anymore.
     
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    Some people don't get there is a difference between proper engineering and simply soldering parts together
     
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    No, it stated that her family members claimed that it was official. You could buy a fake one and not even know that it's fake.
     
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    My MBP knock of was making queer noises, I imminently threw it away, along with all the knock off schist I have.

    This is why we should all use 30V DC electricity, instead of 120V and for crap's sake 220V???
     
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    If it had been a iPhone 5 we could have made jokes about the "Lightning" connector...

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    Even if it's fake, I don't see how it could electrocute her to death. Maybe she could have touched the AC power outlet, but at it seems like this thing at worst (sending the AC through the wire) would short out instead of sending the current through the body.

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    If you have enough current at only 1 volt going straight through someone's heart, yeah. Through skin on the hands, no. I would have been dead from a car battery.
     
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    rabidz7

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    Not in DC at 2.2 amps. Then putting your tongue on an iPhone charger would kill. I put my tongue on someones PowerBook charger when I was 6 and nothing happens besides it stinging.
     
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    It isn't the voltage that kills you. It's the Amps. There's a guy at work here who survived when he didn't earth one of the cabinets in the Radar properly before he stuck his hands in there. Received a jolt of 30,000 volts. I can't remember the Amps off the top of my head.
     
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    You put it to your ear and you are not wearing shoes or touching anything metal with the other hand and Mr. electricity will try and find a ground to go to.
     
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    by definition, electrocution is always fatal...so he either wasn't electrocuted, or he is dead.
     
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    It takes milliamps stop your heart
     
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    i sometimes use my HTC charger with my iPhone.
    Does it fall in unauthorized category cause i never ran into any problem with that one.
     
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    I pity you. The fact that people die everyday, especially in accidents, shouldn't be taken so lightly. I wonder if you'd change your perspective if the situation were more personal.

    Now about the faulty chargers, could the two incidents be related?
     

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