Is a third-party battery to blame for this Nexus S explosion?
0. phoneArena 30 Mar 2013, 22:15 posted on
Kirsten Zastrow was awakened to the sound of snap-crackle-pop and the smell of something burning...
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1. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
yes my brother still has his nexus s and still running strong
2. Planterz (Posts: 525; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Undoubteldy it was a flaw in the battery. Any type of lithium battery can be dangerous. Be it a primary (non-rechargeable) that you use in a flashlight or camera, or a lithium ion or lithium polymer rechargeable. A rechargeable lithium battery will (or should) have built-in circuitry to prevent overcharging and over-discharging. Remember all those Sony and Gateway laptops that were catching fire a few years back? That was the problem. Bad circuitry. Overcharging is obviously a danger. Too much juice and the battery will overheat, can catch fire, and possibly explode. Over-discharging is also a problem. Without the cutoff circuitry all rechargeable lithium batteries should have, they can go into what's called "runaway discharge", which can make them overheat, catch fire, and possibly explode.
The lithium gasses that come from such failures are also extremely toxic and dangerous.
People need to realize that if they have a lithium battery in a device (and if they have a cell phone or laptop, they do), that there are certain risks involved. Most of the time (I'd say 99.99%, but I don't have any actual stats), they're safe. But most of this stuff is made in China, and if you buy a no-name, cheap battery off of eBay, then you really can't trust it to be 100% safe. Be it a battery or a seperate charger.
And even if you buy OEM or retail packaged batteries, remember that these are potentially dangerous items, regardless (remember Sony and Gateway - or was it Dell...I forget). Any lithium battery is a potential roman candle or pipe bomb, with toxic gasses released either way. Saving a few bucks ain't worth the risk, and even if you buy brand name, don't trust it right off the bat.
There's a reason the USPS doesn't want to ship litihum batteries...
3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Snap crackle pop Kellogs Rice Crispes
6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Is the phone still usable?
4. LDC207X (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
I just got an anker battery a few weeks ago! But I can say it hasn't popped yet or even get that hot really. I'm kinda scared of my now lol
8. lallolu (Posts: 226; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
Anker batteries are the only oem I trust on my phones. Have used an Anker battery on my HTC sensation since i bought it more than 1.5 years ago.
7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1298; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
"This message will Self - Destruct in 10 seconds "
9. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Third party + Made in China. DUH...
It means risk of QC issues increased by three folds...
12. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 300; Member since: 07 May 2012)
most electronic products in the world are made in china,jst disassemble any device whether it be cell phones,tvs,microwaves, etc.
believe it or not