Apple Officially Launches Third-Party USB Charger Takeback Program in 30 Countries

With Apple's USB Power Adapter Takeback Program officially launching yesterday, the company has now posted prices for additional participating regions, boosting the number of countries where consumers may trade-in a third-party USB charger for a discount on an official Apple charger (via 9to5Mac). While Apple originally expanded plans for the program last month to countries beyond the United States and China with seven additional countries, the recent move brings the amount of countries supported by the program to 30.

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Apple is maintaining separate information pages for several countries involved in the program, while pricing in the bulk of the countries is summarized on a separate "other countries" page.

First introduced last month following the electrocution of a Chinese woman using a counterfeit iPhone charger, the recycling initiative is designed to allow iOS users to safely replace and dispose of questionable third-party power adapters.

Under the terms of the program, Apple will accept and recycle any third-party charger at any Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider, and will also provide an authentic charger for $10 in the United States, a $9 discount from Apple's regular pricing.

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Top Rated Comments

realeric Avatar
142 months ago
Just reduce it's regular price to $10.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glassed Silver Avatar
142 months ago
Yes, because listening to you is how best to run a company.

He doesn't state that, does he?

I think he's right, but yeah, we should really keep our opinions to ourselves on a forum.

Actually, only Apple employees should be allowed to speak here.

Glassed Silver:mac
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac Fly (film) Avatar
142 months ago
Just reduce it's regular price to $10.

Yes, because listening to you is how best to run a company.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krravi Avatar
142 months ago
So a bunch of cheapos go buy a cheap chinese adaptors and Apple has to replace them?

What nonsense. Those people deserve to have their phones blow up in their face for their cheapness.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MadDawg2020 Avatar
142 months ago
If the regular price of the Apple adapters was $10 they never would have had this issue to begin with...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
142 months ago
I wonder if we will see a similar scheme with Macbook chargers? £50 is simply too much for some people, especially when the fake ones cost £15..

The problem is the _fake_ chargers. Apple builds nice chargers that take the smallest possible space. It is hard to build a safe charger that fits into a small space. It is much easier to build a safe charger that is big, bulky and ugly. It isn't difficult to build a big, bulky, ugly, and safe charger that sells for £15.

Of course it doesn't look like an Apple charger. So it doesn't appeal to people who want to pay £15 for something that _might_ be a real MacBook charger.

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If the regular price of the Apple adapters was $10 they never would have had this issue to begin with...

Because nobody would buy a fake charger for $5 to save $5...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)