Thai man allegedly electrocuted by charging iPhone

By , Nov 28, 2013

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Another iPhone electrocution has been reported in Asia—this time in Thailand. A 28 year-old man was reportedly killed while using an iPhone 4s, which was believed to be charging using an unauthorized third-party charger.

According to a report from Thai language news outlet Daily News Thailand, on Monday, police in the Rayong province found an unnamed man lying dead on the floor of his home holding a burnt iPhone 4S in his left hand…

MacRumors has a rough translation of the report:

Local police found that the smartphone was still connected to a charger in a nearby power outlet, indicating that the victim had likely been talking on the phone while charging it at the same time. 

Photographs taken of the charger show a blue model different from the standard white ones that Apple includes with every iPhone, suggesting that it was a cheaply made fake”

This marks at least the third time in the last 6 months that an iPhone has been a factor in a fatal or near-fatal electrocution. A Chinese flight attendant died back in July after she was reportedly electrocuted by her charging iPhone 4.

In fact, the issue has received so much attention that Apple had to issue an advisory in China, warning people to steer clear of unauthorized chargers. And it has since launched a ‘Takeback Program’ for third-party USB adapters.

Of course, it’s worth noting that mobile devices from Samsung and other manufacturers have been reported in similar cases, but because of Apple’s sheer size and visibility, it tends to grab more headlines.

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  • NEWYORKMINUTE10

    Yeah sure, u had to bring in Samsung somehow. This site is getting worse and worse

    • Đức Anh Trần

      What’s the point? If you use any devices and charge them with an unauthorized charger, you’ll get electrocuted, no matter if it’s from Apple or Samsung, or any brand.

      • s0me

        What’s the point of putting “Samsung” in the article if the subject is Apple ?

      • Đức Anh Trần

        For comparison. It’s just as simple as that. And besides, both Samsung and Apple have cases like this already.

    • RarestName

      Oh yeah? You should see the comments on other tech blogs. They’re quick to point out 삼성 parts in iOS devices, but then hypocritically talk about how shitty the hardware in iOS device is.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      That’s called a comparison. It’s often used to show a similar situation in a different environment.

      If iDB doesn’t mean your high standards of reporting, please feel free to visit another site :)

  • NEWYORKMINUTE10

    My comment removed?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Comments that get thumbed down so many times get removed automatically.

      • NEWYORKMINUTE10

        Ignorant d0uche, and the two comments were posted at the same time and no, comments with negative votes don’t get removed , u did it yourself just to clarify something ign0rant. How much money have u earned off me? And this blog is not as it used to be, hired all dropouts who can’t write a sh1t and hates on others and compares everything with Samsung. In your next article when u will honor apple don’t forget to include Samsung as well because they got some awards too. When
        I ask a question and want an answer, I never get but when I write my opinion on how sh1tty this blog got u magically appear from the other world

      • s0me

        I understand you, it’s your blog if you get frustrated you delete comments, you disable comments on some biased posts you make so ppl cant express their opinion bla bla bla, you make money from that. What I dont understand is RANDOM ppl that dont have anything to do with Apple dont work there and they dont get paid for doing the following: defending, aproving anything they do, talk trash about their competitors, dont recognize anything the competitors make even if its something great. I dont understand this fanboyism concept or whatever it is.

  • Ignas

    Right… I’m pretty sure, a lot more got electrocuted by using other devices. It’s just statistics at this point. No matter of the device and brand, someone will manage to get electrocuted on one of those days.

  • Hyr3m

    “unauthorized” ? Really ? Like I need Apple’s permission to charge an iPod touch with a blackberry power adapter or something ?

    • Sean Cua

      No. A manufacturer needs Apple’s permission to make a charger for Apple’s products.

      • Hyr3m

        So Apple owns the USB standard now ? I’m pretty sure you guys mean “uncertified”(or somethign to that effect) and not “unauthorized”.

    • Đức Anh Trần

      You are taking this argument to the wrong side. I don’t see a point here.

      • Hyr3m

        Well it’s a true example, it’s what I do all the time :D

        Not my fault if the writer can get his facts straight…

    • Maxim∑

      you obviously didnt read

      • Hyr3m

        right back at you…

  • Telco Biru User

    if apple reduce the price of their usb cable,this might not happen.with the original price usb from apple people can buy like 3 of them fakes.

    • Đức Anh Trần

      If you buy an iPhone authentically (came from a box sealed), the USB cable and the charger should come already with it.

      • Telco Biru User

        yes but the usb came with the iphone only last about a year with wear and tear.and then what?if a person with taste but low income bought an iphone because of its beauty,why cant apple be reasonable towards people that define that beauty?reduce the price..

      • Đức Anh Trần

        If I remember rightly, my family still have an iPad 2 and a niPhone 4S with the original USB cable and charger come with it, and it still works after a full year (mid-2012)

      • Rowan09

        Just buy a new one or an authorized one it’s just that simple. You don’t have the buy the Apple model and as you can see all the authorized ones are around the same price as the original. I want to gas to be $1.99 again but it won’t happen

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        If you can’t make an apple cord last longer than a year, go buy a Nokia, you’re shopping for the wrong type of phone. I have owned every iPhone since the 3GS, and all of their cords, not only work, but look great still. If you can’t handle the electronics you purchase, you probably shouldn’t buy expensive things. Keep it cheap or take responsibility when YOU break a cord.

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        Plus, what is all this talk of “Apple be reasonable”? Is it now unreasonable for companies to make a profit? Companies like Apple and samsung are not in the business of taking major losses, so that your cord needs are satisfied. They charge what they need to charge in order to be in the position they are in.

      • Ignas

        If your cable survives only for about a year, you’re doing something wrong!

        I bought iPhone 4S when it came out. Both original cord and original USB to outlet thing look great and work well.

        I also have 7 years old samsung telephone with original charging cord. Cord looks ok and works perfectly fine, so does the phone.

      • Qiren_94

        You must be eating cables for breakfast or something. I’m still using the original cable that came with my iPod Mini to charge my 3GS…

      • NEWYORKMINUTE10

        Hello Chinese u make people kill with your cheap products

      • RarestName

        That, my friend, is a Vietnamese name.

      • Derek

        You mean die, not “kill.” Learn to make proper conversation.

      • NEWYORKMINUTE10

        I mean kill and I always mean what I mean.

    • felixtaf

      U can pay 650$ for an iPhone and not 20$ for a charger, right???

      • mav3rick

        Pay at least $650 for a device it costs $200 to be produced, why also you shouldn’t pay $100 for a case…

      • Guest

        I actually paid $450 for my good as new factory unlocked 64 GB i4s :P

  • JulianZH

    Buy cheap charger, got killed.

  • leart

    Another Samsung smear campaign

    • blastingbigairs

      Samsung doesn’t need a campaign to be “smeared”, their cheaply built phones take care of that just fine.

      • NEWYORKMINUTE10

        Cheap haha, Apple iPhone costs only like 200 dollars to build

      • leart

        true story :)

  • felixtaf

    1. Never talk on any mobile phone while its charging – Its Dangerous.
    2. Never use fake accessories to charge your device.

  • F P

    “Use our chargers or die!”

  • NEWYORKMINUTE10

    Yeah sure, u had to bring in Samsung somehow. This site is getting worse and worse

  • Hyr3m

    Apple-Certified means they have the right to put the logo on the package (“compatible with iphone” or some cr4p like that).
    Unauthorized would be if they were putting the logo without being certified.
    Uncertified means they don’t give a sh*t about apple or selling their stuff in europe (CE certification) or the north american market (U, CRN, IEC, EN- or whatnot).

    The problem is that in many countries, companies are allowed to make and sell electrical equipment that does not need to conform to certain specifications. Cheap made-in-china Christmas-tree lights with fake CE stamps have been known to start fires and whatnot…
    The problem is not “non-apple unauthorized stuff” so no, it’s not the same effing thing.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Well played sir!

      • Hyr3m

        ikr :D

  • n0ahcruz3

    Because the iphone has terrible battery life thats why alot of people charge it while talking. 8 hours talk time hahaha apple is lagging in this category.

  • Derek

    Why do people get so heated because an idiot decided to use an UNAUTHORIZED charger to charge his iPhone? Obviously, there is a good reason as to why Apple has authorized and unauthorized chargers for their phones..

  • GaugePrower

    I use cheap ass fake chinese chargers all the time, you know, thise ghetto 99 cents on ebay for 2 chargers kind of deals. Never had a problem. For ios 7 i switched up to officials, or a name brand knockoff like belkin or ifrogz/zagg. Im pretty sure the people who get electrocuted are the people using cracked, split apart chargers in pieces. Or while taking a shower, or right after trying the fake watermelon power trick all over vine without wiping it off after proving yourself to be a gullible idiot. Also, this is usb people, what is that like 5 volts? The problem is obviously coming from before the “step down” from the original voltage. So if there were a problem with that, your device would fry before you did. My conclusion… Idiots doing shit theyre not supposed to be doing.

  • MrSergioRamos

    If you have money to buy an iPhone then you should have money to buy apples charger..

    You can’t buy a Ferrari and expect to buy an air filter for a dime and still have the same effect..

    Everything has a cost on maintenance. If your cable is trash then next time take better care of it..

    Case closed brats..

  • newyorkminute10

    apparently I got banned for expressing my opinion, because sEBASTIONN don’t like it, eat your p**sy I know

  • newyorkminute10

    Ignorant d0uche, and the two comments were posted at the same time and no, comments with negative votes don’t get removed , u did it yourself just to clarify something ign0rant. How much money have u earned off me? And this blog is not as it used to be, hired all dropouts who can’t write a sh1t and hates on others and compares everything with Samsung. In your next article when u will honor apple don’t forget to include Samsung as well because they got some awards too. When
    I ask a question and want an answer, I never get but when I write my opinion on how sh1tty this blog got u magically appear from the other world

  • newyorkminute10

    Yeah sure, u had to bring in Samsung somehow. This site is getting worse and worse

  • n0ahcruz3

    I’ve yet to see a news about a samsung device killing a person. Can someone here provide me a link or something.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      It’s made people homeless and burnt some people’s skins (http://bit ly/1cBtWr2), don’t see why it would be impossible to kill someone with it. Regardless of manufacturer, using noncertified cables/batteries/chargers puts you at the risk of making the news while you’re in heaven/hell.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Makes sense. Lol

  • Tom

    i have a 4s but i never talk while charging

  • Johnny Wilson

    I had this happen with my first generation iPhone while using the Apple adapter it came with. I plugged it in and sparks started flying out of the bottom and it caught on fire internally. Luckily I was able to drop it immediately with only a small shock and minor burn on my hand but it burned my carpet and melted the charging block to the outlet cover. The phone never worked again after that.

  • jack

    haha good riddance asian forgers

  • ongxa

    Put the case on your iphone. 240volt you touch it you are done.
    iphone4-5-5s f up. where you hold it metal.if you have plastic case it well not kill you.Plugh in extentions code and hold it well not kill you.if you have plastic case.
    you safe.iphone design is f up .

    • Anthony Aaron Anderson

      I read both of your comments 4 times and was still only able to figure out parts of what you meant. For the sake of conversation, can you revise them into something a little more “English” please?

  • ongxa

    In the photo look real the side iphone is burning metal .please put vote meter on the side iphone.and plug it in see it rad 240 v.