• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Charger problem

    • Written by from Hope Mills

    I love Apple products, have used them since the original iPod and have never had a problem...until now. Got an iPad Air and while on a short vacation my apple charger got hot, it started smoking from the connection at the iPad and melted a small part of the charger. This was the original cable and charger. I'm afraid to charge it now so this is probably my last post, last picture and last FaceTime call home given it will lose charge soon. I'm not real happy about this...sounds like Apple has a problem but doesn't really care about fixing it. Kind of like Ford all over again, they will start to worry about it after several homes burn down.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just stops working

    • Written by from Toronto

    Between my wife and I, we have now had 3 of Apple's 12W power adapters fail. They seem to work for a number of months and then just stop. Not overheating, no warning...they just stop charging.
    Again...I now need another one. What gives with these. Apple get your act together will you.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    charger worked well then quit

    • Written by from Kissimmee

    I've now had 2 12w chargers for my iPad mini. The first one quit working, and I don't know why, after about 6 months. I did notice that it was always hot to the touch when I used it. I then bought another one, which sparked as I plugged it into the wall, even the first time, so that one was also recycled. Rats. My iPad mini will charge on the little one given when I bought it, but it does take a long time. I agree with others in that Apple definitely needs to improve their product. Situations like these make people not want to buy their products. Pay attention, Apple!

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I've had three of them fail so far

    • Written by from Okemos

    The charger that came with my iPad Air worked for less than a year. No meltdowns and no fires, it just quit working. I got a replacement for that one, and it died after about 6 months. I got a replacement for *that* one about 5 days ago, and it just died. I have AppleCare so I haven't had to pay for the replacements, but this is ridiculous. The cable is fine, since it works with my iPhone charger, and the iPad will charge when it's connected to my MacBook and also when it's connected to my iPhone charger, so I don't think it's the iPad. I have a Genius Bar appointment scheduled for today, and am hoping they can figure out what the problem is.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Amarillo

    That's how many 5v chargers I've had stop working with my iPad mini, previous iPhone 5, and now iPhone 6+. These are the chargers that came in the boxes with the devices, so I should be able to rightfully assume they work with the product. They have all stopped working within two months.

    I charge my devices at night, so I've never noticed them getting hot. After reading the other reviews, I'm now thinking they are overheating and frying themselves.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Charger Almost Caught Fire

    • Written by from Murray

    Last night, 1/31/15 my charger for my IPad 2 almost caught fire. I caught it just in time. It was so hot it burned me when I unplugged it. I'm glad I stayed up a little later than normal it definitely would have caught fire, and perhaps burnt my house down!
    Incidentally, when you look at the charger, there's no company name on it, in other words no place to report the problem. All it says is "designed in California, made in China". Good way to keep from getting sued I guess.
    I do believe I'm going to report it to UL in the U.S.!

    39 of 60 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    over heating from first use

    • Written by from Durban

    I plugged in the charger for the first time since I got my ipad and the charger caused my adapter to spark and then it overheated. Afraid something worse may happen. Apple should improve their equipment especially since we spend so much on products. Love my ipad, hate the charger.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    my charger does too!

    • Written by from Spring

    i thought surely my new device included in the ipad air was malfunctioning until i read the reviews! a $500.00 piece of dangerous junk! come on apple, fix this for free

    33 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from No

    My charger actually melted and was close to catching fire. Talk about too hot to touch. I am happy about 2 things. First my house didn't catch fire, I have gfc breakers allover. And I am lucky my IPAD did not cook. Just shocked at the quality of these products. It amazes me that their peripherals are so lame given the quality of their main products. And sadly, we are a captive audience as far as these products go since the products only work when used with mostly genuine Apple products. Very sad.

    49 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    apple iPad charger

    • Written by from Castle Rock

    I have bought over 5 iPads for all family members. The chargers for all of us always over heats and stops working after about 6 months use. I buy a new one and it works for a while and then starts over heating again. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN APPLE AND THEIR PRODUCT. The only thing you can do, until Apple stops being greedy, is re buy over and over and over again approximately every 6 monte. They should just replace it for free but then they wouldn't make another million off of us who can't resist the iPad.

    37 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Hancock

    I am so glad to see others with this problem. My 12 volt charger is fairly new, came with my ipad or iphone, and it overheats to a scary degree when I charge with it. At the point where I no longer charge with it leaving it at home or overnight while sleeping. Seems like a fire hazard and lawsuit or class action suit waiting to happen. So surprised apple is not replacing them gratis. I remember when they sent us all new (5?) volt chargers for ipods, iphones a few years ago. I do not expect this poor quality from apple.

    44 of 60 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't hold up; overheats

    • Written by from Downers Grove

    I'm about to replace the second one in 18 months. The cord breaks away from the connecter and it overheats.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from West Lafayette

    New power adapter for my iPad Air overheats to the point of not working and too hot too hold. Cool it down, it works again and returns to a hot stage resulting in failure. Apple USB cords now also have shorter lives. Returning to the nearest Apple store which is 60 miles away is costly and terribly inconvenient.

    40 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure of charger in less than six months

    • Written by from Sarasota

    This charger overheated and failed to work. The overheat was serious and probably would have resulted in a meltdown or fire. I do not recommend the product.

    64 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Add-on cord is too short and no option available

    • Written by from Toronto

    No actual cord is included. You need a separate purchase.

    The cords available are so short that they're barely functional to reach from my desk to the outlet. To use the iPad away from your desk while charging, plan on sitting on the floor near the outlet.

    This product sorely needs an extension.
    (The previous charger adapter that had an excellent three prong extension attached has been discontinued (duh!). I have one and it's so useful I wanted another. No luck.)

    This product is another example of form over function and the misconception that minimalism equals simplicity.

    101 of 184 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed in 2 Weeks

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    Bought this charger for my daughter's iPod. It failed in less than 2 weeks.

    82 of 178 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stick out too far

    • Written by from The Woodlands

    This adapter sticks out about 2 inches from the wall when the USD is connected, therefore, you can't put it behind furniture. Very disappointed!!!! You can tell an intern must have designed the adapter.

    59 of 268 people found this useful