Apple has launched a new trade-in program for third-party power adapters in the wake of a recent electrocution believed to be from such a charger in China. In a post on the matter, Apple noted that not all third party adapters have an issue but they are launching the program to enable customers to acquire what they consider to be properly designed adapters.
Those in need of a new adapter can purchase one for $10 or the 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.
This special price (such adapters usually retail for $19) is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad and iPod brought in by an owner. The offer is set to kick off on August 18 and will run through October 18, 2013. In the event that you have additional USB adapters that you are concerned about, Apple invites you to drop them off at an Apple retail store or authorized service provider to ensure they are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
It’s worth pointing out that due to the complexity of testing required, Apple retail stores and authorized service providers cannot advise users on the authenticity or safety of an adapter.
If you don’t already have an official Apple charger, now might be a good time to make the switch. As we reported on last year, Apple’s chargers are of a notably higher quality than off-brand adapters in a number of different categories. Better safe than sorry, right?