LG G3 explodes in bed while charging; no third-party equipment employed

LG G3 explodes in bed while charging; no third-party equipment employed
According to a Reddit poster, an LG G3 belonging to her little sister exploded in bed while it was recharging. Normally when we hear a story like this, we immediately blame a third-party charger or battery. In this case, everything about the phone was supposedly stock. In other words, the device was using the original battery and charger that LG supplied with the handset. The phone was not placed under the sheets or the blanket, and was just lying on top of the bed while plugged into the charger.

The fire caused the destruction of the mattress, which was tossed out the window when the LG G3 continued to burn is way through the material. The phone was used just a minute before the fire started, and the user did not notice anything unusual about the device, which was not even warm.

A series of pictures can be viewed by clicking on the slideshow below. There is a photo that was taken while the phone was burning through the mattress, and other images show what the battery looked like after the fire. Basically, it resembled a large lump of coal. The casing of the LG G3 is burnt and obviously was melted.

Assuming that the story is legit and no third-party equipment was employed, this does seem to be a fluke occurrence. On the other hand, quite often we find out later about the true cause of a fire. You might remember back in 2012 when a Samsung Galaxy S III allegedly caught on fire for apparently no reason. Eventually, we learned that the phone owner's friend dropped it in the toilet and had put it in the microwave to dry off. A year later, another Samsung Galaxy S III exploded in 18 year-old Fanny Schlatter's pocket, causing severe burns. A third-party battery was deemed to be the cause of that incident.

source: Reddit via RedmondPie

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Next time buy an iPhone 6+

2. bendgate unregistered

It will cause even bigger explosion.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I like how PA lists the previous similar situations but ignores the explosions caused by the iPhone and the iPad. Heck it even shocked the users, causing a guy to fly across the room.

7. bendgate unregistered


12. Alan01

Posts: 614; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Only you guys would see it that way. The point of mentioning the other incidents was to explain that even though the user claims to have used stock equipment, sometimes the truth comes out later; if anything, the inclusion of those other stories is a positive comment about the LG G3. Regards, Alan F.

14. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Most cases fail to mention that they probably had their phones charging under their pillows.

15. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Btw Alan, the evidence speaks for itself. That phone did not explode, the battery slowly burned through the phone and the mattress. Stock equipment or not, if you charge your phone under your pillow, stuff like this is bound to happen.

19. Alan01

Posts: 614; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

If you read the story, you'll see that the phone was not under the pillow, but merely lying on the bed. Regards, Alan

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And this changes what? Just means the heat isn't trapped under the pillow. What isn't being looked at is simple. The phone does get hot while charging. You laid the phone down on a surface that is easily set on fire by a small amount of heat applied to a single area. As that area gets warmer so does the phone, until fire. The phone is always hot at the charging port. I don't know any phone that doesn't get hot there. even metal phones get hot at the charging port, even if the outside materials prevent you from possibly feeling it. I guess people will learn if they fall to sleep and the whole bet catches on fire and burns them nearly to death. If you do stupid stuff, stupid stuff will happen to you.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh hush, the phone f'd up. Plain and simple dude.


Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

There are so many fails in these comments it makes me sick. Do you really think that these manufacturers would put out a product that catches fire to any material that is near the charging port while charging? Do you have any idea how much heat that charging port would have to put off in order to ignite just a piece of cotton? Oh and... define hot? How many degrees are we talking about here? Not that you have ever tested, but seriously....not all phones get hot at the charging port. Ridiculous.

71. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Alan, what's the update on this story? It's obvious there's foul play in this story if the pictures are part of it. The device is a dummy phone, it's clear by looking at the images the phone does not have any screws, screw holes, camera hole, rear buttons, sim tray, sensors, lights or any other mark of an actual working device. The battery cover is also missing the metal contacts. How is this not seen, or at least mentioned?? Is this just a bad scam by the "victims" or an oversight by posters?

32. bendgate unregistered

You do sound a little biased in some articles. Not in this one though.

84. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Hahaha Alan biased in articles? You don't say. His articles have become better, but I think this is another example of biased against Android where none problem phones listed are Apple made. And Apple has the worst reputation for this.


Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014


36. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

she will probably get a iphone as she is already using stock apple earphones with the g3

52. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

post about LG G3 exploding.. iphone comes into topic. Post about any other phone for that matter. iphones comes into topic. post anything, iphone comes up lol. Lesson to take at the end of the day. the world is filled with ignorant mor**s.

23. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Are you an idiot? Last time I checked every time an incident like this happens with an iPhone, PA is the first to report it. They are not biased whatsoever. You should know since every article about an iPhone you are one of the arrogant ones who comment on it, instead of acknowledging the fact that this happened to an android phone. Alan, you should just ban these losers instead of arguing with them. It's not worth your time.

54. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

i totally agree. i follow phonearena cause they post almost everything without being baised..fast with ofcourse that clean layout.its only that there are more android fans here than others. Which makes it seem otherwise. ps: there are more iphone exploding posts then other phones. is that being baised towards other markers lol

35. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

When did they ever ignore it when it happens with an iPhone? They're always one of the 1st sites to publish articles about an iPhone or iPad exploding. Stop acting like an ignorant kid.

66. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Beauty of Android: it makes phones explode.

74. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

At least it's still better than iLectrocution.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nah it will probably bend and strangle her to death.

5. bendgate unregistered

Maybe blowgate.

43. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Its fakee its not real g3 look ... Its fakee .. This is not reall i swear this is just a carcase

56. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

DO they always show who was murdered on tv or websites? chill out man, its about the artice and not the picture.

60. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

And you beleive the article ??

70. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

He is correct about this, no rear button or even a hole for the camera, just white plastic. Really odd. Link to a picture of the real back. http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/08/LG-G3-SD-card-Step-0.jpg?itok=pJwl4T4i

73. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think that's juts because the phone's covered in CO2 powder from the fire extinguisher

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.