The Chinese Woman That Was Electrocuted By An iPhone Probably Used Unauthorized Charger

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Four days ago, Pulse 2.0 reported that a 23-year-old Chinese woman named Ma Ailun was killed after being electrocuted when taking a call on her iPhone last week.  Ma Ailun’s sister criticized Apple for what happened.

The South China Morning Post has revealed that she likely used an unauthorized third party charger.  The fake chargers often use low cost supplies and it fails to meet the standards for the adequate isolation of electrical input and output.  This makes them more dangerous than brand name chargers that have to go through safety regulations.

Above is a photo of the alleged phone and charger that was used in the incident.  The quality of the capacitor and circuit protector was probably not good.  This leads to the capacitor breaking down and sending 220 volts of electricity to the cell phone battery.

The woman was using an iPhone 4 (four days ago it was reported that it was an iPhone 5), which uses stainless steel while the iPhone 5 is mostly aluminum.  It is still uncertain what caused the incident since the iPhone 4 is still functional.

There is an ongoing police investigation about this case.

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