Defective iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB Power Adapter Disassembled; Provides Clues to Apple’s Decision to Recall


iPhone 3G

Last month Apple had issued a recall for the Ultracompact USB Power Adapter that
were shipped with every iPhone 3G in the form of an exchange program.

Folks at MacMerc have disassembled one of those faulty Ultracompact USB Power Adapter to find out the reason that prompted the recall.

If you haven’t exchanged yours yet, we are sure you will after you checkout the details after the jump.

Apple had mentioned at the time of announcing the recall that under certain conditions the ultracompact USB power adapter’s metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.

If you checkout the photos of the disassembled Ultracompact USB Power Adapter below it is quite clear why Apple decided to recall the adapter.


iPhone 3G ultracompact USB power adapter disassembled

The prongs only extend into the adapter about 1/8 of an inch and are held in place with some type of glue which MacMerc points out is more a case of "wishful thinking".

Apple had reported that they had got complaints from a small percentage of iPhone 3G users. The reason for that could be because many iPhone 3G users do not use the ultracompact USB power adapter that often as based on the details and the photos there should have been many more complaints.

It will be interesting to find out how Apple has fixed the issue in the replacement adapters to prevent the prongs from breaking off. We will keep you posted as soon as we get more details.

If you use the Ultracompact USB Power Adapter and haven’t exchanged it yet, we suggest that you do so immediately. You can get more details about the exchange program by checking our earlier post on Apple’s recall of the Ultracompact USB Power Adapter.

[via MacMerc]




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  • iconoclast

    I use my ultra-compact adapter all the time. Seeing the pictures I can totally see why they recalled the thing. But personally I don't use mine as a rugby football or for practicing my kung-fu, I only use it to recharge my phone.
    I'd probably put more strain on the lugs pulling it out of the socket to make the exchange than leaving it right where it is. But if I ever go to an apple store someday for some reason, I'll consider bringing it with me just in case.

  • rob

    I leave my ultra compact adapter in my room, plugged in. I just take the USB cord with me. After I heard about the recall I just decided not to mess with it until I was ready to make the exchange. However, I can plug the USB cord into ANY computer if I happen to need a charge.

    Good design apple.

    Also, someone needs to clean out under their fingernails.