Belkin’s wireless charger has a chance of overheating, causing it to catch fire and harming people.
Belkin is voluntarily recalling its portable wireless charger (and Special Edition cradle), which was sold in Apple retail stores and online on Apple and Belkin websites because of the risk of fire and electrocution. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were no incidents or injuries associated with the charger, and the malfunction should only apply to chargers sold between July 2020 and October 2020, The Verge writes.
The wireless charging cradle has a capacity of 10,000 mAh and can charge at 10 watts on phones that support it, but a problem with the “power supply” could cause the device to overheat and make it vulnerable to fire or shock people. Belkin advises anyone who purchased the device to stop using it and unplug it. The company will also refund anyone who has a defective charger.
In the grand scheme of Apple’s iPhone, wireless charging has only been available since the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in 2017. Apple announced the AirPower at the same event, a wireless charging mat that was supposed to charge multiple devices simultaneously, but it was eventually canceled because it didn’t meet Apple’s “high standards.” Rumors later pointed to problems with overheating of the device’s charging coils as part of the motivation for Apple’s cancellation. All that said, wireless charging is more complicated than it sounds, and Belkin’s recall is another example of the problems that can arise in a deceptively simple product.
If you have a charger that has been recalled, you can submit a form to request a refund on the Belkin support site.