No more explosions! First non-flammable lithium ion battery may make smartphones safer
0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2014, 15:20 posted on
We read regularly about that epic moment in a smartphone owner’s life, the device explodes...
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1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7035; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Think Apple should buy that company. They always experience with explosives iphones.
3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6679; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
You're ignorant. Apple is not the only oem that have had exploding phones and even so it came from the use of using a cheap china made cable.
Or you forgetting about Sammy's S-Plode feature?
4. domfonusr (Posts: 384; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
I seem to remember an HTC device blowing up recently... well, maybe not extremely recently, but I seem to remember it being reported in the news not too long ago, in the last year or so.
5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1601; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Considering that both sell tens of millions of devices, the explosion/flaming percentage is laughably low, and usually malfunctions are caused by third party parts. And I've read article of 920 melting inside (it's on Finnish, but I can link it if someone wants really to read it), so it happens to all phones. Not really a big problem on any specific smartphone model/oem.
10. Astoni (Posts: 623; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Hope you know that all chargers are Cheap china made cables... but maybe a little more safely made.
I've heard tons iphones and Android devices explode but never a Lumia device? :p. Would love to see that to :D
13. GeekMovement (Posts: 1938; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
While a lot of the issues were 3rd party accessories, there was that one recent article about the school girl who didn't use 3rd party accessory for her iPhone and it still exploded during school. Was there any updates on that news?
9. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 223; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Are you insinuating that Apple should buy a public university?
15. tedkord (Posts: 7333; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
They don't need to buy it. Now that the news is out they can just apply for a patent on it.
2. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Throw a hunk of lithium onto a lake at night for a sparkly good time.
It is the magic smoke.
6. domfonusr (Posts: 384; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
I know a guy that got a block of pure potassium (also in the alkali metal group) and did that... not only did it flare up, but it also started jumping out of the water, and the wooden bridge that they threw it in from eventually caught fire. The fire department had to come out and put out the blaze, and also recover the hunk of potassium that was still left at that point. The dude and his drunken friends were all arrested. He had been a high school chemistry teacher, and lost his job over the whole thing.
8. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Well, that sucks for him.
Though I heard a similar story a good thirty years ago.
Not throwing water on your post dude, just saying, it's popular.
12. domfonusr (Posts: 384; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Ah, no worries. Sodium, lithium, potassium... all very fun when combined with water. I've never seen this done, but I am told that Rubidium in water is brutal... the further up the alkali metal line that you go, the more extremely low the electronegativity becomes, and hence the more reactive it is with water and such.
16. tedkord (Posts: 7333; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
17. tedkord (Posts: 7333; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1091; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Not really a concern for me. Maybe 1 in 100 million blow up? Maybe I'm just a dare devil.
11. Muayyad (Posts: 204; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
I think there is a fail safe program in most devices if not all
14. serrano989 (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
Good. My old lg phone battery exploded a couple years back.
19. domfonusr (Posts: 384; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Yeah, LG's batteries make me worry sometimes. I've had an LG feature phone once that heated up to scary levels when charging, and eventually the battery started to bloat and bend a little, and I now have an LG feature phone that still heats up a little bit during charging. My LG Viper doesn't seem to have any of these issues at this time, but I keep my fingers crossed...