Skip to comments."Do not use while charging" advice after tragic death of iPhone user
Posted on 07/15/2013 2:55:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Technology giant Apple has confirmed it will carry out a "full investigation" of reports that a Chinese woman was killed by electrocution when answering a call on her iPhone while it was recharging.
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About the only way I can see this happening is if she was using the phone connected to the charger while taking a bath or shower. In which case, it’s a Darwin Award thing.
It’s low voltage DC, how does that kill someone?
I call B.S.
A current sufficient to ‘electrocute’ you would have fried the wires off the charger long before you would have been killed by it.
Not to mention the fact that the charger supplies low voltage and low current...
Oh no! I do this ALL THE TIME. This is disturbing.
Was she taking a bath or maybe brushing her teeth?
Sure it wasn’t an “iFone”?
After I posted I thought the same thing.
But, i can see it being possible to draw a higher current if she were in the bath.
Still, sumpin ain’t right.
More info (bath mentioned in comments section): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/chinese-flight-attendant-electrocuted-iphone-5-article-1.1398925
“Its low voltage DC, how does that kill someone?”
The Apple charger, like other USB type chargers provide 5V dc to the device through a USB cable. This 5V dc power could be referenced to nothing (floating) or it could be referenced to the power line neutral which is normally connected to earth ground at the service entrance.
If for some reason the wires going to the outlet box are reversed, this could make the USB connector be referenced to 120V AC or 240V AC, depending on the country. (in the US it would be 120, I don’t know what it is where she lived.
And, this could kill you... However, she would have been killed by improper wiring, not the device.
If this were really a common problem, you'd have heard about many more cases.
Quite obviously, there was Sum Ting Wong with that device!
I read an article over the weekend which said a poll (Harris, I think)showed 10 percent of Americans used their cell phone while engaged in sexual activities. 70% kept it within 5 feet of their person at all times. I don’t recall the exact number but 2 or 3% used in while bathing/showering.
I’ve seen many people use their cells while charging. I do, but I use a headphone and keep the phone away from my head, mostly because I don’t trust the cell companies saying their is no radiation danger.
Yes, this lady was very unlucky.
Sum Ting Wong, for sure.
This is a good chance at leaving an inheritance.
"I tell ya, my wife likes to talk during sex. Last night, she called me from a motel..."
Heh, good old Rodney...:)
Don’t taze me, iphone!
Ahh, too funny! One of his classics. Thanks for the reminder.
Now let me introduce the iPhone 6 with a 20% whiter case! Only $800!
Watt to lo...
Damn!!! She was cute!!
Not enough information to draw a conclusion but I can personally attest that a regular landline telephone will jump in the air and glow blue with a nearby lightning strike.
I always answer with my Bluetooth headset when my (non-i) phone is charging.
Probably that wonderful Chinese building construction had the hot wire as ground or there was no GFI. The iPhone was just a conductor.
Heh, how could I forget? When I saw your post, I immediately thought of that joke, but...I could neither remember the joke, nor who originated it, though I was pretty sure it had to do with sex, telephones and Rodney Dangerfield!
I was telling someone the other day, our generation is going to do its best to hide the onset of dementia by vigorous and constant use of the Internet to look up things we would otherwise never, EVER be able to remember!
And then...the Internets died...
Touche’ In response to an e-mail from a HS classmate who said he thought Hitler had once won a Nobel prize for peace, but like you, I had to go to google for an answer. Hitler was nominated but did not win. So, yes, my instances of what I call “synapse lapse” seems to be increasing...rapidly. I think it is called CRS syndrome. My 50th HS reunion is next summer - if I can remember how to get there. LOL.
I take stories from china with a grain of salt. Many sound like they are direct from the National Enquirer.
But seriously, it seems to me most of the little wall wart chargers are not polarity dependent, so reversed leads in house wiring wouldn't be a factor, you can trust their output is fully isolated from the AC mains. That said, I frequently charge my phone with a USB adapter hooked up to a switching bench power supply in my radio room and the negative side of its output IS directly connected to the power line neutral, and of course there is all kinds of stuff on the market, some of it not very well made (my switching supply is a reputable brand).
Now if a couple of different things fail at once in a house wiring system, the neutral CAN rise above ground potential and when that happens it causes a serious electrocution hazard, even from devices that are properly designed.
It happened in my office a couple years ago and that is a fairly new building. Nobody got hurt but all of the smoke got out of some of the electronic devices we were using at the time, in spectacular fashion.
Things like fuses and grounds do not protect you from that type of failure.
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