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A Minnesota man's phone charger lands him a weeklong stay at the hospital. 

Tim Tyrell needed a new charger for his iPhone so he turned to eBay.

The popular retail site sells knockoff chargers for a fraction of the cost of an apple original.

Tyrell was reaching for his charging phone when a jolt tripped the circuit breaker, destroying the charger and exploding in his hands.

Tyrell recalls, "basically the charger turned black and it's where the USB cord connects to the outlet had a little mini explosion.  It kind of bruised the fingers inside where I plugged it in."

So far Tyrell has undergone three surgeries and has been in the hospital for more than a week.

To complicate things even further, he's a diabetic which slowed his recovery. 

Tyrell advice is to "just be careful.  I mean obviously I've been in here for a week and probably have to gone in for my fourth operation tomorrow. Just be careful."

Apple warns customers of the potential dangers that can arise from using counterfeit chargers and accessories.

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