Galaxy S III spontaneous combustion: battery swells, melts casing while charged

Galaxy S III spontaneous combustion: battery swells, melts casing while charged
Spontaneous combustion of Li-ion batteries has been documented in quite a few cases already - if the batteries weren't flammable under some circumstances, like using unauthorized chargers, Tesla Motors wouldn't need dedicated cooling for its electric car battery system that consists of thousands of such battery cells.

We've reported such cases where allegedly a cell phone battery just catches on fire, and now we have the next in line - a Samsung Galaxy S III, whose owner claims that the handset went ablaze while being charged on the bed next to him at night. Not a pleasant experience by any means, and the owner took to the usual ranting place, Reddit, uploading some pictures of the incident you can see below. Here's his recap of the story:

source: Reddit

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

It's not a good thing to charge your phone while sleeping

6. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That's what most people do. It will be fully charged by next morning. There is no such thing as 'overcharging' nowadays; many of my phones (higher end models) are USBed to a computer or sits on the wireless charging stand when not in use, regardless of how much battery is left. The oldest one is near 3 years old and no signs of battery issues yet. If you charge by USB/wirelessly instead of AC power (though it takes longer) then such issues are less likely to occur. If you use AC wall charger then you should only buy original ones, not 3rd party chargers.

11. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

it's a waste of electricity and effect life of a battery if you overcharged

18. FlushGordon unregistered

Lithium Polymer batteries CANNOT be overcharged, it just switches off the moment they are fully charged, it is not freaking possible!!!!...They are perfectly safe with no memory effect on the battery or whatsoever unlike Nickel Cadmiums what are you living in the 90's or something?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30968; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your very correct

32. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah and manufacturing defect never occurs,on paper it shouldn't have happend but this is the real worldT where sh$t happens

35. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Thanx for the information don't know that

41. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

by the way can you give me some links to give weigh to your statement because i haven't find anything about it

82. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

You're right Lithium Polymer batteries wont over charge, Galaxy S3 is using Lithium Ion batteries. You're taking this news away some where.

21. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

LOL, Li ion battery cannot be overcharged, and saving electricity is the last thing on my mind; these stuff consume a mere few bucks of electricity a month (it's easy to calculate using the tariff). You should worry more about refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters etc. Even 2 of my laptops run on AC 24/7, only shut down once a week. Only Custom Gaming PCs use a lot of power. Wireless chargers barely consumer any power when it is not charging a device. You need to update yourself, that is old school thinking.

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lithium ion and lithium polymer batteries CAN be over-charged, as well as over-discharged. THat is why all batteries that you see in commercial products (the exceptions being hobbies, like R/C vehicles or custom flashlights) have circuitry that prevent over-charging, over-discharging, and shorts. Cell phones, laptops, electric shavers, cordless power tools, etc. But like any mass-produced product, nothing is 100%, and occasionally defective products slip through QC. Remember those laptops that were catching fire a few years back? Bad batch of battery circuitry that should have prevented over-charging/discharging.

23. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I told you that Samsung's products are junk!

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The plastic build wasn't a dead give away?

33. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Give it a rest kid. I've used polycarbonate phones for over 27 years and never once had a problem with the build. I think you're just ignorant to facts and only repeating quotes that Steve Jobs tried to cram down your throat. As a service technician for 32 years, MSM has many advantages over cheap metal(Aluminum). Don't fool yourself with rhetoric given by a guy that just wanted to mind shape tour beliefs. Batteries haven't changed that much over the years. They are prone to damage caused by excessive heat and they expand. Aluminum is a super conductor of heat. Let's see what happens when the iPhone5(released during the cooler season), and the HTC One are exposed to the hotter ambient temperatures this summer. John B.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You sound like a cranky old gramps remembering his old war days. I am not ignorant of anything. Apple nor Jobs ever pointed a gun to my head and forced me to use the iPhone.

52. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

no they just brainwashed you and shipped you to a field where you can happily graze with the rest of your apple heard! Baaaaaaaaaaaa

64. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same can be said for the Andrones who repeat the same insults over and over.

68. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

how are we brainwashed.....being right isnt brainwashed lol ......and btw i dont eat grass you do theres the difference!

76. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You need better material. You're just recycling your insults.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What a great insult, and humiliating! +1 Whoyton1 Dosen't Mxzyptlk have any self respect? You are pathetic and a big disgrace to society and humans. ®

58. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

While I am a grandfather, I'm not cranky. I merely get tired of your arrogance and constant rage against a material you evidently know nothing about. You emulate a parrot with no informative argument to back it. This gives us the impression that you have indeed, been brainwashed by savvy marketing of Apple. I'm calling you out on it. If you can intelligently debate me on why you "think" aluminum is more than just an aesthetic advantage for phones, I would be glad to stand down on your posts. Otherwise, quit sounding like a precocious Steve Jobs that doesn't believe in a material that is highly used in 96% of all products in all industries. It really doesn't validate your argument because I know you own a great deal of products that implement plastic. As I stated, I'm a service technician. I'm not here to win friends. I like to learn as well as instruct. It would be wise to understand my position in belief rather than getting defensive over constructive criticism and overly passionate about a product you won't own for more than two years. John B.

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You talk about an intelligent debate and yet here you are calling me a mindless apple drone. How dare I want my phone to feel premium and not a cheap piece of plastic.

69. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

buy a htc one then.....its simple android has choices apple has none....

77. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple isn't forcing anyone to use their devices.

72. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---" If you can intelligently debate me on why you "think" aluminum is more than just an aesthetic advantage for phones"--- My above statement refers to aesthetics. You not liking a phone that feels cheap, is under this catagory yet, still doesn't resolve the "Actual" durability of said material. Aluminum is made of certain elements that make it "unstable". Aluminum is extremely fragile to impact and is not very tolerable to enviromental conditions within our atmosphere and body content. Salt is very corrosive to Aluminum and guess how much salt content is in our body? Holding an Aluminum "Premium feeling" phone with bare hands over a lengthy time, will cause pitting, tarnishing and discoloring. Aluminum also excels at conducting heat such as from the sun. Imagine what this does to the inside components. The answer is to cover your "premium feeling" phone in a case just like most of us non-aluminum phone people do. It sort of defeats the purpose now of owning an aluminum, premium feel product...doesn't it? John B.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You really think plastic is more durable? Lol you obviously must have not heard of the build issues people are reporting with the new Galaxy phone. Either that or you're choosing to turn a blind eye to it. It's there whether you want to admit it or not. No one said the phone had to be made out of aluminum. The iPhone 4 and 4S weren't made out of aluminum. Stop making excuses here.

88. iami67

Posts: 333; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow Mxyzptlk you are the bigest idiot in the world. Did you really just compare the build quality of the s3 or s4 to the iphone 4 or 5 and say the iphone is better. The iphone is cheap glass one drop it shatters. making the iphone all glass is the dumbest thing apple ever did and the biggest complaint every customer except maybe you cause your an idiot has. every iphone sold it is practically mandatory to buy a 50 dollar case to protected. On a s3 or s4 the case is option and still would take harder

91. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

In many applications, MPM serves as a better choice for the basis of build. If you are on a football team, would you rather have aluminum or polycarbonate to protect your head? Helmuts made of polycarbonate are made to withstand impact better than Aluminum. Hence why they use it and why it is better for something that is held and can easily fall out of the hands. Cheap feeling vs being cheap are two different things. But, we need to take this at a different level. Aluminum for phones would be a good choice "IF" it was used properly to protect not only the inner components that are adherent to the vulnerability of heat, but also to protect consumer interest in servicing the handset at reasonable cost. Neither one of these factors have been applied in building current phones. The iphone5 is easily the most expensive handset for customers to repair because Apple has successfully gotten consumers to forget about accessibily of parts. Being in the service business for as long as I have, companies make a ton of money on parts and labor. Since Apple has perfected the art of making money, their motive is to not only sell as many of their products as possible, but to also make it so myxzptik has to warrant a trip to the service department if the handset fails even if it is for something as simple as a battery. You cannot ignore this logic even if you dislike my beliefs. It is a serviceman's point of view and one that cares for consumer advocacy. Battery accessibility is logic that has always worked. I would not be as opposed to aluminum if used in a way to placate the consumer rather than exploiting dollars for nonsense. John B.

95. axbog

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

I have owned mostly metal phones in the past years. Just because I like them and how they feel. I have yet to experience issues that you described. I can only assume that you make this statements based on wikipedia like facts about aluminium. For example, I still have my HTC Legend. One of the first phones (if not the 1st) with an aluminium unibody. I keep it as a backup phone. Still works perfectly, no problems from the "salt", no sun induced "heatstroke" to the inside components, still looks great despite drops and kicks. Your arguments, tough correct from a certain point of view, do not apply. And I'm not an expert, but regarding the heat conductivity of the aluminium, I think this is the reason why it would do better under heat compared to plastic, and not vice-versa. Mind you, most cases of phones overheating come from inside the phone, which means metal one should cope better, because the heat dissipation. Etc..

65. lovefist unregistered

nah they didn't point it to your head, they pointed it to your mouth and you happily opened it and enjoyed jobs' c*m. oh, insulting granddads now? how low can you get for apple huh. i bet really low on your knees ^_^

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