Battery blamed for the explosion of an Apple iPhone 7 in China

Battery blamed for the explosion of an Apple iPhone 7 in China
Perhaps Apple iPhone fans shouldn't throw batteries at glass houses. Samsung's own investigation revealed that issues with the battery were responsible for the explosions and subsequent recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 last year. Now, it appears that a problem with the juicer inside a Matte Black 32GB Apple iPhone 7 caused it to explode while it was left alone, charging, inside a house in East China's Suqian City.

The owner of the phone, a woman named Yin, noticed that her iPhone 7 battery was headed toward the white light (it was about to die). So she placed the handset on a bedside table, plugged it in, and went for a walk. As she was returning from her little jaunt, she heard an explosion, and realized it was her iPhone basically saying goodbye to this world.

Yin took her phone to a nearby Apple Store where an autopsy will be performed. According to those who handle handset repairs, the blackened screen would tend to indicate that the source of the explosion was the battery inside the device. Any type of deficiency when it comes to the battery could have been aggravated by a problem with the charger or the charging cable. Remember, the device was being charged at the time of the explosion.


Luckily, no one was home at the time the phone exploded. It isn't known whether Apple was willing to replace the handset, which cost Yin the equivalent of $781 USD.


source: DailyMail

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79 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Here, we go, and rapid defenders, will say its her or something she did that is to blame. Samsung is not 'better' that is not the point I'm trying to get across, my point is it can happen with any and all lithium devices, and has happened (again now) with iphones. Safety features need to be properly in place and are not?

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

You can't really safeguard lithium ion batteries 100% other than replacing them entirely. Hopefully newer safer replacement arrives soon

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Agreed they need to take LG as an example. The G6 use a battery made to not explode even if you pierce it again and again only smoke will come out.

67. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

reply to #40 yeah right.. because average users like us tend to stabbing smartphone battery at daily basis... /s actually it's more about overheat and irregular charging current failsafe.. that's much more common cause of explosion than stabbing

69. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

And reviews have panned its endurance as below average to medium. Now you see why companies dont focus on safety.

70. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

U and your LG/HTC. If you see one hammer test of Galaxy S5, you will see the same results. But believe me, all lithium ion batteries are prone to explosions or fire hazards. But it doesn't mean that piercing will explode batteries.

83. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Check how the battery of the S8 takes some beating.https://youtu.be/OGilPWdaikI?t=9m8s

41. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

That's what happens when you trade in a bad kidney for your iPhone.

63. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Such ignorant comment.China GDP would surpass America with more people becoming millionaires and billionaires each year.

79. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

You take the crown. hahahaha

64. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

yo right said. I work as a technician and I am trained for apple and samung. Working for a big company. Its true li ion batteries cannot be trusted blindly. Have seen many cases of apple batteries swollen, leaking, venting, u name it.Same with samsung and blackberry. So no fan boy thing here,. We desperately need better battery technology .

2. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It happens. Li-ion batteries are little bombs.

15. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wouldn't go as far as to call them bombs, because they don't explode as the media keeps saying, they catch little fire then it smokes like there is no tomorrow. But I totally agree, lithium batteries are never 100% safe, and such incidents have been happening for many many years now, it's just that fanboys believe that their favorite OEM is immune from such incidents.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Some of them do explode. The battery swells and bursts into flames, and the battery exploded causes the phone to expand and bust open. The fire and heat being trappe din the phone many times does cause an explosions. Not saying you are wrong, because phones have caught first and didn't burst open. I only said, some do explode.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

True. But you do need to consider other factors. In the past, phones were not water-proofed sealed. Consider phones get hot while charging, the heat buildup has nowhere to go. So "maybe" the battery was defective. But the heating phone while charging, where the heat can't get out any escape holes because they have all been sealed with rubber or glue, could add to the issue.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Go check Jerryrig guy on youtube he tested G6 battery and even if you pierce it its wont explode. so nice excuse but if LG can do it others can as well.

61. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Isn't that the guy who rigged a fake scratch test on the Galaxy Note 7? People will really do watch the worst dung on YT, don't they? :)

68. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that's his accidental mistake, he admit that and redo the test

72. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Batteries don't explode by piercing. If you don't believe you can check other examples as well.

82. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No one is making an excuse. There is a video showing someone opiece the Note 7 and it didnt explode. That proves nothing! It's random bruh.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Since all these battery explosion stories (hardly even considering the Note 7) in the last year, I never leave my phone charging unattended. And something like this shows the advantage of spare removable batteries...it should be the LAW - including a spare in the box. I wouldn't mind paying an extra $50.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So you're syaing removable batteries don't explode? You still have to charge them and most charge them inside the phone. Making them removable doesn't solve the issue of them catching fire. If they catch fire whatever they are inside or next too is goign to be damage beyond repair. Removable batteries wont solve this issue. If you think it will then, well you're dumb!

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

removable battery did not explode as much. Because they are made to be removed and not as compressed as phone thats you cannot remove. If its waterproof its even worst. but LG G6 prove you can design the battery in a way its wont explode.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So you proved my point. The reaosn they didnt explode as much is simple. When we had removable batteries the phones were not sealed. Also the back coivers were plastic. FACT - Both metal and glass get as hot as the heat being applied too. As the heat gets hotter the heat spreads, but it is still hotter at the central point. You with me? Now a plastic phone breathe air, metal does not. Plastic is not a complete solid, metal is. So a pal;stic phone is open on the sides and thus heat can escape by other means. In a metal or glass back phone, the heat is sealed because the phone has been waterproofed and metal and glass of certain types do not breathe. In other words, such seal casing wont allow for heat to escape. Solution? Well there are some. Charge your phone in a cool place. Not near wiondows where sunlight will add heat to a already heating device. Charge a phone on the coolest possible surface. Metal surfaces are an issue because the heat from the phone will heat up the surface and add to the problem. Stay away from cloth surfaces and even wood. The best surfaces to charge a phone are tiled, or finished surfaces. Wood is ok if it has a finished surface. Because a finish covers the wood and its is a cooler surface. Glass tables are also a better surface too. Counter-tops are even better because granite and marble resist heat much better. Since heat travels up, a table that sits lower to the floor would also be cooler. Non wood surfaces like fa-mica (which I likely spelled wrong) are also cooler. Or if you haven't messed up the charger port, you can hang a phone from its cable in the open air.

59. SaRPeR

Posts: 147; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Plastic does not conduct heat. When a plastic phone heats up, the heat will stay inside. But metal conducts heat so it is better material for dissipating heat. A heated up metal phone will cool down faster compared to a plastic phone. That's a fact.

4. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

OUCH!!! karma karma... How is going SHEEPS???

7. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*Sheep f**ktards like yourself are coming out of the woodworks on this site. It's almost as bad as BGR now...

10. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

one truly SHEEP calls me sheep, funny!!! you sound so BUTTHURT, put your isheep @ss in cold water you feels better...

25. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I wasn't calling you a sheep, tardmuffin. I was correcting your grammar.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why do you need too? FACT - the plural of Fish is also fish and can also be fishes. I looked up info to see if it is wrong to actually put an S on the end of sheep because sheep is also a plural. According to what I found, you can add the S. "Is the word "sheeps" a grammatically correct form for the plural of the collective noun "Sheep"? This question arose in a family scrabble game but I was overruled on the basis that the word is not listed in the dictionary. However, after extensive googling did find one instance where it was used to illustrate the plural form of a collective noun. In the same way one might refer to the "Peoples of the World". For example: "The Sheeps of the world vary according to the historic breeding regimes they have been subjected to."" https://www.quora.com/Is-the-word-sheeps-a-grammatically-correct-form-for-the-plural-of-the-collective-noun-Sheep The "people" example is perfect because, when it comes to people, its already plural. Adding the S is not grammatically wrong. I also don't see the need to always correct someones grammatical errors or spellings as if you are perfect. But I know, the tolls usually do that when they can't argue in a debate. People have been doing that way before you were born.

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