Teenage Girl Electrocuted Due to a Faulty iPhone Charger

A teenage girl was found dead in Ha Tinh region of Vietman. The cause of her death was found to be an exposed wire of the charging cable of her iPhone 6.

Police are suggesting that she might have rolled over during her sleep and made contact with the exposed wire. Black burn marks on the bedspread were also found showing the short circuit that was caused by the device.


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Le Thi Xoan, 14 years of age, was found unconscious and rushed towards hospital by her parents. The girl failed to survive the accident and was pronounced dead.

The taping on the charging cable suggests that she was aware of the faulty charger but decided to use it anyway. The authorities are yet to figure if it was an original charging cable by Apple or one from a third-party.

The cable is said to be shorter than the 20-inch wire that Apple provides. An inspection is underway to determine whether the charger is Apple’s or a replica.

Last year, we saw issues with Galaxy Note 7’s battery which caused bodily injuries and financial losses to several people. This year, Apple made a similar mistake with its new iPhone 8 and the batteries started to swell up. The company official confirmed that it was looking into the matter.

Let’s hope this charging problem was a one-off incident and no such accident is reported again.


  • How does that even happen. Electrocuted by the cable?? the cable is connected to a charger which down regulates voltage/amperage to one suitable for the phone. so the charger likely to be a knock off somehow not only shorted out but instead of catching fire in the instance that it does relayed the actual voltage up the wire which in this case had torn shielding and electrocuted the girl?

    i call bullshit.

  • I used to have an old charger, which would lit the Voltage Tester, meaning it had line voltage. Still you can go to local Mobile markets, and get chargers under Rs. 200. Now, that doesn’t cover the cost of good Circuit, let alone the whole charger.

    • Best way would be to get a USB volt meter (there are cheap ones available at less than 1k) and plug it into the charger; it’ll show you the volts and amperes the charger is actually providing, if those figures don’t match with the ones mentioned on the charger, it’s likely a fake. Also, if the voltage is fluctuating a lot or is low from the start, then just don’t use that charger. Good chargers always supply a good current at a very stable rate.


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