Apple launches ‘USB Power Adapter Takeback Program’

Apple has launched the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program:

Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.

Customer safety is a top priority at Apple. That’s why all of our products — including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod — undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.

Starting August 16, 2013, if you have concerns about any of your USB power adapters, you can drop them off at an Apple Retail Store or at an Apple Authorized Service Provider. We will ensure that these adapters are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

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 — $10 USD or approximate equivalent in local currency. 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. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad, and iPod you own and is valid until October 18, 2013.

Note: Due to the complexity of testing required to detect an unsafe or counterfeit adapter, Apple Retail and Apple Authorized Service Providers cannot advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter. We are offering this special takeback program for any USB power adapter made for use with iPhone, iPad, and iPod for which you have concerns.

More info here.

Source: Apple Inc.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn Weiler,” Rainy Day,” and “mks1” for the heads up.]

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  1. That is a good PR move for Apple.

    Congratulations Apple! We are still “being patient” but it is nice to see life in Cupertino, CA.

    Note: Some day you should fix the lack of a real strain relief on your cables. I can help you with that design problem.

  2. So, to get a cheap original power adapter, you can now first buy a fake one and then have it replaced by Apple for $10…?!?
    I mean, doesn’t Apple indirectly support the fake adapter producers by this offer? I hope they also have something in place to have them shut down.

    1. Remember it is only one new, Apple adapter per iPhone, iPod or iPhone. I doubt there are many people who will go out purposely to buy a single knock-off adapter for a single device just to get a new Apple adapter for only $10.

      1. when there’s money to be made, I’m afraid people will take advantage of that – even if only to sell the original for $20. Just think of the scalpers!
        I think maybe Apple should limit this offer to knock-off adapters produced before this announcement, so no-one starts to produce extra-cheap and extra-dangerous crap only to make a buck of this exchange offer.

  3. Apple – an Amazing company being dissed by amazingly criminal headline grabbers who will do anything to make Apple look bad when Apple is doing people good. I am giving the benefit of the doubt vs the more likely Samsung propaganda machine paying for some of this, and hedge fund managers and short selling manipulating the market once again.

  4. I’m waiting for a blogger to spin this as an Apple recall of defective Apple merchandise. They should have named it “Scrap the Crap” instead.

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