Faulty Apple iPhone 3G adapters

Apple has issued a warning that IPhone 3G owners could be at risk of electric shock from faulty power adapters.

The metal prongs on many of the ultra-compact USB adapters sold with the 3G iPhone model could, under certain circumstances, break off, get stuck in the power socket and put the owners at risk.

Although no-one has actually been injured yet, Apple is urging owners to swap the adapters that came with the phone to minimise the risk.

The countries affected by faulty adapters are:

  • USA
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Peru
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama


The adapters were sold with every iPhone 3G since the device went on sale in 22 countries on July 11th 2008.

Apple has said it will replace the adapters free of charge but added that the new ones won’t be ready until October 10th. In the meantime, owners should recharge their phone by connecting the device to a computer via a USB port. Replacement chargers can be ordered via Apple’s website or at an Apple store as from October 10th.

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