iPhone electric shock reported in Sydney

Macworld Australia Staff
29 July, 2013
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Following several reports of electric shocks in connection with iPhone use, including, most notably, the death earlier this month of Chinese woman Ma Ailun, who allegedly was electrocuted by answering her iPhone while it was being charged by an unauthorised charger, reports have now come to light regarding a similar case in Sydney.

The Daily Mail online, along with various other outlets, has reported that an unnamed woman in her 20s was taken from Chatswood by ambulance to the Royal North Shore Hospital after allegedly receiving a shock from her iPhone.

“It is not known whether the phone was plugged into a charger at the time, but a spokeswoman said paramedics had responded to a number of shocks from mobile phone chargers this year,” reported the Mail.

“The spokeswoman said mobile phone users should keep an eye on their phone’s connection. ‘If the appliances are dusty, they should be given a vacuum clean,’ she said, suggesting that dust could get into the terminals and cause a short circuit.”

According to media reports, the spokeswoman also claimed that the young Chatswood woman was in a stable condition after her ordeal.

by Macworld Australia staff


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  1. Terry says:

    These incidents are tragic and concerning, however there is no way the phone itself, when disconnected from the charger, could be giving a shock, lethal or otherwise. All voltages within the device are of an ultra low voltage and are incapable of giving a shock.

    Vacuuming will be of no benefit, aside from the above mentioned points dust is non conductive.

    The most plausible cause of these shocks is the charger. This could be caused even when picking up a phone under charge, not just when in use, BUT ONLY if the charger is faulty.

    These switch mode power supplie/chargers could if of poor design or manufacture become internally shorted thus causing the case of the connected phone to be live at either the mains voltage or more likely a higher DC voltage.

    Poor quality chargers are most likely to come out of China and would less likely be a known quality brand name.

    Purchase these items from eBay or from cheap outlets at your risk, buyer beware.

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