Apple's Charger Takeback Program Also Available in UK

If you're in the UK and worried that your Apple charger might be faulty, Apple wants you to know the company will accept your charger and sell you a new one at a discounted rate to ease your concerns.

Dubbed the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, the scheme is a response to controversy surrounding Apple adapters. 9to5Mac reports that last month, an Apple customer reportedly passed away following electrocution sustained via a third-party adapter. Apple soon announced a takeback program that allowed U.S. customers to exchange their adapters for a discounted price. Now folks in the UK are getting the same deal.

Apple's program will allow users to drop off their power adapter at any Apple retail store or at an authorized Apple Reseller starting August 16. The store will ensure the adapters are disposed of responsibly and, for a limited time, will offer customers a new adapter for £8 (normal price £15). 

"If you need a replacement adapter to charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, we recommend getting an Apple USB power adapter. For a limited time, you can purchase one Apple USB power adapter at a special price — £8 GBP (inc. VAT)," the company said via its support pages. "To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for serial number validation."

Apple also warned customers that it won't be able to verify the authenticity of customers' adapters, nor will it be able to advise them on the safety of their adapters. It seems a new adapter is your only option if you're worried about your current charger. Customers are limited to one adapter for each iPad, iPhone, or iPod they own and will have until October 18 to avail of this offer.

  • dextermat
    Hop apple doesn't create abombs...
  • oczdude8
    This article is a little hazy, but from what I understood, apple is actually doing a good thing? they are letting you trade in your 3rd party adapters and get a apple adapter at half price, because one person died from using a 3rd adapter.

    For a second I thought apple had made faulty power adapters which would have been really stupid of them.
  • SchizoFrog
    £8 for a new adapter is still a rip off as these things cost them almost nothing to make. There are also many, many 3rd party adapters that are perfectly good and safe to use, so this just comes under 'legal scaremongering'.
  • guru_urug
    Or Apple could just not be ridiculous use microUSB instead?
  • Scott Evers
    sad people still using plug in chargers, get a modern phone with wireless charging like Nokia.
  • Passerbuy
    It`s Apple`s fault so why should you pay for their blunder`s it`s a disgrace.
    I have a video showing you an iPhone exploding in his back pocket,and a guy came to see if he was alright. This was all caught on a surveillance camera which Apple could not ague about. I think they gave him a new one nothing else was said.