Attention Lightning adapter users!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by C8XY, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. C8XY macrumors 6502

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    Posted in Mac Hardware but perhaps better suited here!

    Not sure if its the adapter or the lead thats at fault but, mine almost set on fire!
    Nothing was plugged in to the adapter, it was just connected at the wall and left laying on the floor like I'm sure a lot of people do...
    Its an amazon USB lead and the adapter was purchased direct from apple.
    I'm now looking for answers from these companies.
    As you can see, its melted and completely fused the two together!

    [​IMG]
     
  2. JoshS macrumors member

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    What do you mean it's an amazon USB lead? These lightening connectors are meant to either be connected to your computer or the apple wall charger.

    I'd be willing to bet the two companies will point at each other.

    Also, with the adapter sitting on the floor, it's possible to get stepped on or wet causing a short.

    Not doubting you, just pointing out what most people will question.
     
  3. C8XY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Its an "Amazon Basics" USB lead
    It was connected to the Apple USB charger for the iPhone, the cable was laying under my bed on a carpeted floor.
    I was only using the USB lead as the one supplied by Apple is too short, it was brand new and never been wet! I was using the adapter for what it was intended for, there's no user error here!
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Floor wasn't wet or anything right?
    Still not a good idea to have it lay on the floor connected to power.
     
  5. C8XY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Floor wasn't wet.
    Ordinarily there is no issue leaving a USB lead plugged in to a wall outlet with nothing plugged in, I've done it for years, I'm sure loads of people do it.

    I'm guessing Apple couldnt have possibly made anything that would melt and potentially catch fire :rolleyes:
     
  6. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Is that a UK only (not US) item? Ours don't look anything like that. USB extenders are standard USB at both ends; you plug the Apple charge block into the wall, plug the USB extender into that, then plug the Apple charge cable into the USB extender for charging with a longer cord. I've been doing this for years.

    Your cable allowed for skipping a step? :confused:
     
  7. C8XY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is the product
    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD820/lightning-to-micro-usb-adapter
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear you but usually not a good idea to leave it laying on the floor.
    Maybe any hair, moisture, threads from the carpet could have caused that.
    I'd suggest leaving it on top of a night stand or table or something.
     
  9. lelisa13p, Oct 21, 2012
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    lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Aha. I"ve not seen Lightning to Micro USB here. Adapters I"m familiar with are Lightning to 13-pin converter or straight up USB to Lightning charge.
     
  10. mactmaster macrumors 6502

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    Judging from the melting, it looks like it was the adapter circuitry that overheated. I can't speculate as to what caused this but it could be a serious issue for users of the adpater or perhaps just an isolated incident. Definitely bring this to Apple's attention.
     
  11. C8XY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I appreciate your line of thought but in this case I believe it to be a faulty product, I'll update this thread when I hear back from Amazon and Apple for those interested or with similar issues.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    True.
    I'd go to apple first. Most likely they will give you another one.
     
  13. C8XY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats exactly what came to my mind, the day before this happened my phone got to 100% charge then rapidly went on/off charge repeatedly until I unplugged it. I put it down to software glitch but now I'm thinking dodgy adapter
     
  14. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    UK user? Too much power running through the cable and it melted.
     
  15. d123 macrumors 68000

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    Lol

    Yes, 5V in the UK is far more power than 5V in the US :rolleyes:
     
  16. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    Clearly that's not what I was referring to
     
  17. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I don't think there was any user error here TBH.. I dont think the OP has done anything different to many thousands of other users by leaving the cable plugged in. Apple created the adapter for use with USB cables - they didnt specify a particular type!
    Will be interesting to see what these companies come back with, specifically Apple.
     
  18. d123 macrumors 68000

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    That's the only power that runs through a USB cable.

    Clearly, then, you don't know what you were referring to....
     
  19. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Meanwhile, how's your iPhone? Everything's OK, I hope. Can you just charge now with the standard block & short cable?
     
  20. darster Suspended

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    Whew! Good thing the iPhone wasn't attached. You can replace a house, but not an iPhone! :D
     
  21. RCRod83 macrumors regular

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    Apple is aware of this and have provided a response:

    "You laid the cable down incorrectly."
     
  22. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    UK wall power = 220V.
    N/A wall power = 110V.
     
  23. ShapeGSX macrumors newbie

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    USB cables protect their pins inside the metal shell. The Lightning cable exposes the contacts. If any external metal happens to bridge the positive voltage and ground pins, I hope that the circuitry in the end of the cable will shut the power down.
     
  24. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    There is no power running through lightning pins until the micro controller negotiates with the phone and they decide which pins to use fit power.
     
  25. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    First of all, AC power is not what charges any of your electronic devices. It's the DC power that the plug provides that charges your phone. It converts AC power to DC power, so that your iPhone can make use of it.

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    Second of all, the charger provided with the iPhone supports 100-240V. The electrical grids in both the US and the UK fall well within this range.
     

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