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Samsung Galaxy S III that injured 18 year old girl exploded due to third party battery

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Samsung Galaxy S III that injured 18 year old girl exploded due to third party battery
Remember 18 year-old Fanny Schlatter? She is the Swiss teen who suffered severe burns as a result of a Samsung Galaxy S III that exploded in her pocket. You might recall that she was at her place of employment at the time, and that she had to have her pants cut to prevent further damage. As a result of the blast, Schlatter suffered third degree burns to her thigh, which we showed you in a particularly gruesome photograph. The phone itself had been melted beyond recognition.

"The battery used in the device was not supplied or manufactured by Samsung or a company authorized by Samsung. Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Dübendorf Laboratory, corroborated this conclusion"-Mirjam Berger, spokesman,Samsung Switzerland

A report released on Friday by the EMPA Materials Science and Technology confirms a separate study done by Samsung and both reach the same conclusion. A third party battery that was not authorized by Samsung was responsible for the explosion and the subsequent damage. Not only does this absolve the Korean based manufacturer of any responsibility, it also means that if you stick with the the stock cell or an authorized replacement, you shouldn't live in constant fear that your Samsung Galaxy S III will blow up.

18 year-old victim Fran Schaltter holds the phone that exploded in her pocket

18 year-old victim Fran Schaltter holds the phone that exploded in her pocket


source: LeMatin (translated), SammyHub via GSMArena

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posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:23 34

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2939; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I figured it was a third party battery/charger. It's not worth the risk to save a few bucks.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:36 4

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


But maybe she bought it without knowing, honestly not everyone is a battery geek, is she bought it on eBay or Amazon maybe she was not aware of what she was buying

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 11:41 3

41. CSM201 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Is a "battery geek" a thing?

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 00:05

46. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not much Of a thing but rather just enough to tell a quality battery from a cheap low performance one

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 13:50

47. MyJobSux (Posts: 79; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Doesnt seem like the GS3 is old enough to have battery issues yet. Even so, when looking up the new battery she or someone probably saw the Samsung battery cost and a 3rd party battery cost and simply decided to get the cheaper one. a few dollars to maybe $20 was saved. That savings was lost in any doctor visits, clothing, replacing the device and (however you put a price on it) personal physical damage to her body. Its sometimes natural to be frugal but not always wise.

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 16:50

48. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Actually its not about age but rather usage, most batteries start showing reduced performance after a year, plus a user with no knolege about batteries could simply plug her phone to a charger every possible time (even when not needed) causing the battery to suffer and loose its performance

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:39 6

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I can hear a huge sigh of relief from Sammy fans...
But isn't it a funny thing for her to do making the story public when she knows they'll probably find out there's a third party battery tucked inside that resulted in the explosion.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 22:03

36. skyline88 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


keyword = Caucasian. So there's really nothing weird for making up any stories.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:49 13

9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Honestly it's always 3rd party components that cause things. Not just Samsung, but many other manufacturers... Sometimes there's extreme heat that may warp some plastic, or for bigger batteries not found in mobile devices, a little smoke. But a damn explosion?! Only China-made basement science fair lab kits could do something like that.

I know some of Apple and Sony laptops in the past had some trouble with their batteries. Journalist sensationalism called it 'catching fire' but in reality it was just extreme heat and maybe a little smoke and charring. Not an actual flame to be seen anywhere, let alone an -explosion-.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:48

27. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


and i thought she also put it in a microwave or Owen to bake new 4.2.2 update

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 20:01

29. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Get back to your kitchen and make me an ice cream sandwich for my desire HD young lady!

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 00:56 1

39. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Yep. I knew it. The carbon fibre back case was already a good hint.

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 00:04

45. TheRequiem (Posts: 143; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Why dont they say who that third party manufacturer is?? I constantly buy higher capacity third party batteries like the RAVPower I have in my S4 now to get about 15% better life.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:27

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 979; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I agree. she should have bought the PowerSkin if she wanted more battery life. I bought it for my Inspire and i had no problems with it

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:30 17

3. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


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posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:18 8

33. MEeee (Posts: 216; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


For the haters that had jumped to conclusions and talk sh1t about Samsung.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:26 2

34. MEeee (Posts: 216; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-explodes-injures-18-year-old-girl_id45057

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:33 9

4. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


don't mess with samsung bitch

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:42

16. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)


werd.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:32

51. jfuente11 (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


What if it is really an original battery? They just paid an amount to the family's victim to shut their mouth and the result of the test was overridden in favor of Sammy. Will do everything just to save the reputation... If you know what I mean.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:40 5

7. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


goes to show you buy manufacture or be prepared though I've never had any issues with 3rd party accessories.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:45 3

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2939; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You might not have, not everyone will. Not every 3rd party charger/battery will explode, but there IS a risk that it will. If a product is not designed to be used with something, there is always a chance.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:57

11. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


heck on my note 1 the battery swelled up so fat I thought it was going to and it was a Samsung original

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:01 2

12. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its extremely low but everything produced has a small amount of defects.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:49 5

10. davenycept (Posts: 170; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Does anyone know which 3 party battery it was? Ive been contemplating buying one of those huge zero lemon batteries(7000 mah) for my s4 but if there's a higher risk of exploding then of course I wouldn't.. please someone let me know.. thanks

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:10 1

23. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 378; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I'd like to know too! I own a ZeroLemon for my GS3 and like it a lot, but this is disconcerting.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:03 7

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 798; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


This is why I stick to OEMs products or products authorized by that OEM. The GS3 has a 3000mAh battery pack with a back cover and the has a NFC chip, why couldn't she get that? I understand she isn't an enthusiast but geez at least do some research when before buying.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:57 5

17. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Most people are too lazy to research phones. They just buy the iPhone because all their friends have one and they want to fit in.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 12:26

42. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I'd have to say that most people are too cheap as well. Anything on amazon that costs $2 must be great for my $500 phone!

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:09 2

14. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So much for user replaceable batteries being a huuuuge selling point for Samsung. Yeah, I use a 3rd party battery, but only because a faulty phone burned out the factory battery. Replaced the phone under warranty, and if it were a non removable battery, I would've gotten that replaced as well.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:18 13

15. umadden (banned) (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


you just went full retard

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 17:48

20. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Not precisely sure how, but I'll accept it :)

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 08:07

50. Os_Money (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


YOU NEVER GO FULL RETARD!

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 17:07 1

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I use Seidio and never had a problem. But yea....OEM is the way to go. Gotta be careful with 3rd party chargers and batteries.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 17:46 1

19. SonyPS4 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Thats why I always avoid accessories made by 3rd party manufacturer.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 18:18

21. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i still do her

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 18:28

22. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Only with beer goggles on

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:26 2

24. wendygarett (unregistered)


And they say removable battery is a must, pftt...

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:16 4

31. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Wendy and pyradark
Are you idiots??
Having replaceable battery doesnt have any matter involved in this particular situation.. The article said third-party not extra battery supplied by Samsung or any authorized supplier..

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:32 1

35. wendygarett (unregistered)


Read comments #26
with so much more variety of powerbank, who needs removable battery?

My workmates have note 2 and he bought a powerbank as well...

What make you so sure its not a third party battery? Even the 1st world countries like this can't identify as well... Unless you buy directly from Samsung that cost you $399...

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:33 2

25. pyradark (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


see!! removable battery is not a great idea! not all people can purchase original battery

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:38 1

26. wendygarett (unregistered)


In developed countries, lots of unethical seller (especially China) will swap off the original battery and replace their own cheap one...
That way they will able to sell original with even higher profit...

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:17

32. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


And so?? Did Samsung let you to buy thirdparty batteries..?

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:58

28. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Well probably she's just desperate for a larger battery capacity for her Sammy. So probably any 2800+ MAH "compatible" with her s3 will be good enough. When someone's desperate, I don't think they would consider much...

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 20:05

30. scsa852k (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


She won't have that look on her stupid face by now.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 00:27 1

37. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Well after this, now I'm thinking that HTC, Google etc have done well to make their devices with non-user replaceable battery coz people out there are too dumb to use them & can get hurt experimenting. (Although non-user replaceable battery can also explode, but its rarest of rare case)....Juz saying..

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 00:56 1

38. justsayit (Posts: 179; Member since: 09 May 2013)


all china-made product will boom
but just one thing
their grenade will not boom

just kidding :)

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 06:45

40. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1120; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... im waiting for TROLL to comment his reaction about this article... :D

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 15:17

43. ibap (Posts: 690; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Some folks will follow a friend or family member's advice on phones and accessories, not bothering to learn about it themselves. It would be interesting to know if this were the case in this instance, but it doesn't change the burn on her leg.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 15:41

44. joey18 (Posts: 508; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


apple problem samy boys are saying now

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 06:44

49. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2445; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


If you wanna buy another battery just buy original one.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:27

52. Taylort (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)


The exact same thing happened to me except my battery was by Samsung. Lucky I took the battery out before it exploded and only caused a few blisters on my hand as it bursted into flames.

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