Keep Away from Chargers Not Approved for iPhone Use

I recently got an email from a friend of mine with a tale of iPhone woe. My buddy Ken (not the podcaster) has a car charger which was made for use with iPods and so he assumed an iPhone would work just as well. As it turns out, not every iPod charger will play nicely with an iPhone. Frankly, I’ve been known to tell people that iPod chargers will work the same. After hearing Ken’s story, my tip to you all is to be sure that your car chargers are made to work with the iPhone. Ken’s story follows the break.

I attached the car charger cord to my iPhone on Saturday. It rebooted, asked for my password and went black, to never power on again.

Drove to [the Apple Store in] Woodfield yesterday and the Genius took more time trying to power it on, than he did to exchange it for a new one.

Of course, they won’t give you a 16 gig for equal or $100 more, but I have a new iPhone with no dog teeth marks on it, now.

I thought when they first came out there was concern for car chargers, but once I asked a salesman at the store and they said no. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

Thankfully Ken’s story has a happy ending. After experiencing a similar issue with a defective FM Transmitter from USB Fever, I recommend that everyone takes care to only use chargers specifically made for the iPhone.

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