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Apple pays out for replacement power adapters

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Fri May 9, 2008

Apple pays for replacement

Apple on Friday announced it would refund between $25 and $80 to as many as 2.3 million iBook and PowerBook owners, after a significant number of adapters went defective, fraying and sparking. The Los Angeles Times reports that US District Court Judge James Ware granted preliminary approval on March 24th on the 2006 class action filing. The agreement makes Apple responsible for paying for a portion of replacement power adapters for the portables.

Five years prior to the filing, Apple recalled approximately 570,000 PowerBook power adapters, after receiving many complaints of the devices overheating.




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  1. roberto

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    EXCELLENT NEWS

    ...is it worldwide?

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Anecdotal Evidence

    After my first power adapter failed, I ordered a new one and it was covered under apple care. I asked our university bookstore if they could give me a loaner in the mean time (10 day order turn around). The employee said he wasn't supposed to, but didn't see what it would hurt.

    When I got home and plugged the adapter into my 3-prong cable, the thing sparked and EXPLODED out of the insulation on the cable going from adapter to my laptop. Fortunately, I hadn't plugged it into my machine yet.

    End result- I sat around the bookstore once a day to charge my battery, and the employee was out the money for a new adapter. I now have two of these adapters and neither have the issue.

    Anyone know WHY the sparking event happens?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    why?

    Quality is why, and apple is losing in that dept.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    why?

    Quality is why, and apple is losing in that dept.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Just Burnt

    See
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~thelighthouse/MackBookAdapter.JPG

    http://forums.mactalk.com.au/21/49334-macbook-power-adapter-meltdown.html

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