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"Do not use while charging" advice after tragic death of iPhone user
onenewspage.com ^ | 15 July 2013 (6 hours ago) | Alice Monroe

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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1 posted on 07/15/2013 2:55:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

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.


2 posted on 07/15/2013 3:00:12 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s low voltage DC, how does that kill someone?


3 posted on 07/15/2013 3:00:25 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: BenLurkin

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...


4 posted on 07/15/2013 3:00:46 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to being a liberal)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh no! I do this ALL THE TIME. This is disturbing.


5 posted on 07/15/2013 3:04:03 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: BenLurkin

Was she taking a bath or maybe brushing her teeth?


6 posted on 07/15/2013 3:04:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: BenLurkin

Sure it wasn’t an “iFone”?


7 posted on 07/15/2013 3:07:35 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Bogey78O

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.


8 posted on 07/15/2013 3:08:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: napscoordinator; Ronin; Vendome

More info (bath mentioned in comments section): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/chinese-flight-attendant-electrocuted-iphone-5-article-1.1398925

Picture of the decedent: http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1398924.1373902196!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/shock16n-1-web.jpg


9 posted on 07/15/2013 3:10:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Bogey78O

“It’s 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.


10 posted on 07/15/2013 3:10:59 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: BenLurkin
Third-party chargers (many not certified) are common in China. There was another burn case in India, where it ended up that the owner had replaced the battery with a third-party battery.

If this were really a common problem, you'd have heard about many more cases.

11 posted on 07/15/2013 3:11:36 PM PDT by jtonn
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To: BenLurkin

Quite obviously, there was Sum Ting Wong with that device!


12 posted on 07/15/2013 3:13:09 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Ronin

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.


13 posted on 07/15/2013 3:13:26 PM PDT by miele man
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To: Vendome

Sum Ting Wong, for sure.


14 posted on 07/15/2013 3:15:28 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: BenLurkin

This is a good chance at leaving an inheritance.


15 posted on 07/15/2013 3:16:51 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Not Guilty by reason of sanity.)
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To: miele man
"...10 percent of Americans used their cell phone while engaged in sexual activities..."

"I tell ya, my wife likes to talk during sex. Last night, she called me from a motel..."

Heh, good old Rodney...:)


16 posted on 07/15/2013 3:18:56 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: BenLurkin
Meanwhile....how many Americans have been killed or poisoned by chinese products? How are those investigations going?
17 posted on 07/15/2013 3:21:57 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: BenLurkin; Revolting cat!

Don’t taze me, iphone!


18 posted on 07/15/2013 3:24:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: rlmorel

Ahh, too funny! One of his classics. Thanks for the reminder.


19 posted on 07/15/2013 3:35:47 PM PDT by miele man
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To: BenLurkin
You fools obviously don't understand the brilliance behind this revolutionary design. It's a feature, not a flaw, you idiots!

Now let me introduce the iPhone 6 with a 20% whiter case! Only $800!

20 posted on 07/15/2013 3:38:38 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: ErnBatavia

Watt to lo...


21 posted on 07/15/2013 3:43:40 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: BenLurkin

Damn!!! She was cute!!


22 posted on 07/15/2013 3:44:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


23 posted on 07/15/2013 3:48:55 PM PDT by whodathunkit (DOJ + NSA + IRS = DNI)
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To: BenLurkin

I always answer with my Bluetooth headset when my (non-i) phone is charging.


24 posted on 07/15/2013 4:05:01 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: BenLurkin

Probably that wonderful Chinese building construction had the hot wire as ground or there was no GFI. The iPhone was just a conductor.


25 posted on 07/15/2013 5:03:12 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: miele man

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...


26 posted on 07/15/2013 6:21:10 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: rlmorel

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.


27 posted on 07/15/2013 7:27:40 PM PDT by miele man
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To: BenLurkin

I take stories from china with a grain of salt. Many sound like they are direct from the National Enquirer.


28 posted on 07/15/2013 7:37:48 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: VeniVidiVici
It is not one world.

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.

29 posted on 07/20/2013 6:46:39 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (I will not comply.)
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