'A battery is like a bomb': check out how LG tests the G6 before letting it out of the door

'A battery is like a bomb': check out how LG tests the G6 before letting it out of the door
Armed with Samsung's Note 7 experience, LG has embarked on a heavy production testing spree for the G6, and we strolled their lab facilities where the phone is put through its torture paces not long ago. LG says that it ships 50,000 G6 units a day now, and has put safety as a first priority for every single one of them. We know you are most interested in how the battery holds up to pressure, but LG does other things to the G6 as well, like water-resistance probes, or controlled drop tests where the phone falls from waist heights on steel, wood or carpet floors, and the results recorded by cameras lying around for further examination.

When it comes to testing the batteries that go into LG's seasonal flagship, the company leaves nothing to chance. "A battery is like a bomb. We do these tests to prevent injuries to people even if the battery explodes," according to Kim Sung-woo, a chief engineer in LG Digital Park, where all the tests are carried out. The goal is not only to check whether the battery will explode under the most extreme of circumstances, but also to limit the eventual damages. That is why the pack is put into fire, and its bursting recorded - if the debris don't fly out uncontrollably, but rather the unit just pops open, then the test is passed.

LG also drives nails through the battery pack to make sure that if your house pet, for instance, bites and pierces the handset, it won't wallop into flames. Then there is the impact test - a battery unit sits lonely on an iron rod, and a big 9-kilo weight falls on it from a great height - if the pack gets smashed, but doesn't explode, then the assembly is fine, and the battery design is good to go into your trusty G6. That 8-point testing system that Samsung boasts to have implemented after the Note 7 mishap, has apparently been running for a while at LG in a similar fashion, so check out some pics of the G6 testing routines in LG's Digital Park labs below.

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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10 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

We are more concerned more with bootloops rather than exploding batteries.

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Probably but with the insane attention note 7 got, that's not the direction they are going to take, no one in the industry wants to repeat what note 7 went through.

5. TechGirl90 unregistered

There's no healing a Physical Wound compared to a Mental Wound. That same burnt mark you see on your body is the same one that will remain until you die. I for one am glad LG done these tests to insure their battery is safe for Consumer use. And I hope the Bootloop issue (that is thrown around so much like a hot potato, yet if you mention Sammy's Note 7 issue, it's a problem) has been rectified on the LG G6. Come to think of it, I'm sure it's been solved seeing LG got a Class Action Lawsuit to deal with due to poorly handling the Bootloop issue that occurred in the V10, and is very notorious in the LG G4.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yes, but it will be more comforting if LG takes effort in stress testing G6s for bootloops the way they test their batteries. I'm on the brink of purchasing the G5 previously but the scare of bootloops made me one step back and purchase from another OEM. My experience with G2 and G3 were excellent and I'm still hoping LG will rise up again from the bootloop fiasco.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"a battery unit sits lonely on an iron rod, and a big 9-kilo weight falls on it from a great height - if the pack gets smashed, but doesn't explode" replace that 9-kilo weight with note7 #OldJoke

4. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Oh please LG !! And how the F**K you didn't test the Screen on the LG G2; the microphones that crack (both top and bottom) on the LG G3; The mainboard that fail on the LG G4 and V10 ?? LOLZ !!

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

What many of you don't know is these type of tests are already standard in the larger scale lithium ion batteries that go into busses and vehicles.

8. JamesTkurk

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

As i was about to ask about the repeat of the still current LG G4 problem/glitches (while typing) still has not been fixed, As promised. Im having horrible issues typing this with it. I was a fan through G2, & G3. Notice no big following for G5

9. JamesTkurk

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

To be fare if i didnt have insurance I may of not have been a fan @ all?. . G2 (the plug in) port wore out, then the microphone failed on replacement (port dock issues). G3 the screen cracked in my pocket and luckily (insurance wise) it was 2 spots both less than a inch or I wouldnt of gotten a replacement.

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

A battery burns, contain the burning and yes, you increase pressure and things blow up, physics 101, however that isn't what happens with lithium batteries because they aren't tightly sealed so pressure can increase.

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