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Apple charger takeback plan extended to UK, Germany and Australia

Customers in the UK will now be able to hand in their third party iPhone, iPod and iPad USB power adapters to Apple retail stores and pick up an official one for the discounted price of £8 from 16 August.

Apple's charger take back replacement programme has now been extended to beyond the US and China to include the UK as well as Germany, France, Australia, Canada and Japan.

The scheme was launched on 9 August in China following reports that Ma Ailun, a 23-year-old woman from China's northern Xinjiang region, was electrocuted when she answered her iPhone 5 which was being charged through a counterfeit power adapter.

The Chinese authorities are still investigating the incident with Apple's input.

The programme was then extended to the US, launching on 16 August before the additional countries were added to the list on the Apple support page.

Apple have made no mention of Ma Ailun's death in the announcement but said that the scheme was prompted by safety issues with counterfeit and third party chargers. The firm launched the 'USB Power Adapter Takeback Program' to enable customers to "acquire properly designed adapters".

Anyone who has concerns about their charger can take advantage of the scheme, participants must take along the third party charger along with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod for serial code validation. The special price is limited to one adapter per device and is available until 18 October.

Apple USB power adapters normally cost £15. USB cables are not be included in the trade in, these are sold separately and also cost £15.