When the Apple iPhone 3G was released in Canada on July 11th, nobody suspected that soon to follow would be a massive recall on the included USB power adapter. The root of the problem? Apparently the problems lie in the metal prongs. According to Apple, they “can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.”
In other words, these ultracompact USB power adapters can turn your house into a flaming inferno if the conditions are ripe enough. The situation with these things got so serious that Apple has agreed to replace them all via the Apple store or their mail away replacement program.
I opted for Apple to ship me another USB adapter and unfortunately I missed the shipment twice because I was at work during the day. So I risked my life and headed down to the DHL office located in one of the sketchiest parts of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side to pick up the adapter. I tried to do the return there but I wasn’t able to! Why? Because Apple, for some unknown reason wants my old adapter to be sent back via UPS! Go figure.
Anyways, the newly designed adapter has a green dot on the back to indicate it’s the new design. I also noticed the prongs are tapered a bit compared to the old one. A printed letter inside provides instructions on how to return your old adapter via the pre-paid return sticker. It also states that there is a 90 day warranty on the new USB adapter and that it’s your responsibility to mail back the old one!
Here are some pics for your reference:
Once again, if you’ve been lazy and haven’t gotten around to getting your replacement USB power adapter, now is the time to do so. Click here to order your replacement via the web! Have you gotten your USB adapter yet? Did yours arrive via DHL or UPS?
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