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Is My USB Power Adapter from Apple? A Visual Guide

7 August 2013 2,487 views No Comment

Recent events in China have lead Apple to announce a USB power adapter takeback program, which will run from August 16 through October 18…Recent events in China have lead Apple to announce a USB power adapter takeback program, which will run from August 16 through October 18. This begs the question — “Is my USB power adapter a genuine Apple product?” Here’s a quick look at the question…

But, first, here is the nut of Apple’s 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,” says Apple in a public annoucenment. “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.”

And, by “safety issues,” Apple means at least one death and a coma.

Again, Apple’s USB power adapter takeback program runs from Friday, August 16 through Friday, October 18, 2013. Under terms of the deal, the company will takeback any, third-party and Apple, USB power adapter for use with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, recycle it in a enviro-friendly way and give the customer a $10 discount on a new Apple branded adaptor.

That said, Apple will not test or otherwise attempt to verify the safety of any adaptor brought in for exchange — don’t ask.

But do I need a new adapter?

If you have a USB power adapter, third-party or Apple, that has black/brown scorch marks and/or makes a popping/snapping sound when plugged in, you definitely need a new unit. Don’t quibble or prevaricate — it “works” most of the time — take advantage of this offer and get a new adapter now.

Another red flag is an adapter that has obviously falsified Apple branding, including misspelling, incorrect logo placement, etc.

If you have a USB power adapter and you’re not sure if it’s an official Apple adapter, then compare what you have against the following pics:


Apple 5W USB power adapter


Apple 10W USB power adapter


Apple 12W USB power adapter

If you have one of the above adapters, there isn’t any obvious damage (black/brown scorching) and it doesn’t pop/snap when you plug it in, it seems reasonable to assume you are good.

However, Apple has said they will take back any and all USB power adapters — if you have the least bit of doubt, go get a new one…

What’s your take?

Source: About Apple USB Power Adapters

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