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

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86. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I guess the throttling failed to kick in allowing the phone to dramatically overheat?

80. Arčijs15

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 07, 2014

I hope LG will give him a free replacement of this faulty unit

79. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

really Phonearena ? you cannot see that this is just a fake device, or a bad joke ? really ?

78. waroftunami

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

i've noticed that there are few comapnies who never faced such problems of phone exploding i.e Sony,Apple and HTC ..........Nokia,samsung have faced these type of problems in past very much and now lg joins them!

75. ant1hero

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 25, 2014

Its so fake if it was carbon from the extinguisher the bed would be white as well no camera no silver power button no auto focus no flash no gold contact points on back door or on the phone it's so fake its not even funny and the charger that they "used" isn't a stock charger anyway if it is real and did catch fire its because they used a aftermarket charger it says to use a stock charger I know a lot of people who have the g3 even my self and it doesn't get hot even when I'm using while charging so like I said this is fake don't believe everything you see on the internet please no screw holes I own a g3 and we'll there's screw holes and if the battery plus that isn't even the battery for the g3 idek what that's too if its even a battery how would the phone be not that burned and the back door is burned all the way down the side o yeah a lighter did it f**k scammers

72. goldentopman

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

How has the owner been compensated for the explosion? LG cannot get away with it easily! Where was the LG made? in China?

69. jewilliams500

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

And is that a bottle of lube that appears in the 2nd photo along with a different color charging cable?!

67. mixedfish

Posts: 1574; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Lol the internet, you guys actually believe these stories?

64. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

what a bad news i thinks that person probably bend/knocked the battery li-poly type are high power but not so stable when compared to Li-ion,because it just a thin polymer cover the battery/chemical. correct me if I'm wrong

51. shadowchaser

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

aw this thing exploded i must take a good picture of it before putting the fire off...merry christmas...

49. TMach unregistered

Caved and bought the 6 Plus, remembered why I've not bought an iPhone since the 5, owned every iteration since the 3G, so sold it on eBay. Got hold of the Nexus 6 instead and loving it. Simply amazing....!

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get a 6 plus/the best.

62. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

So it can bend instead? Take your pick, bending or exploding ;)

41. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The owner didn't mention that the G3 was being used to watch QHD porn in bed.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The writers are so amazing. So you mentioned two Samsung devices which were both GS3's which exploded because the users used batteries from a 3rd party, which isn't even remotely close to this as this device was using original equipment. Yet several iPhones have exploded using original equipment and you didn't even bring those up? Frikkin amazing. Also his little sister/ How little? Why does a child under the age of 13 need to have a phone of this caliper? Or a phone period? Who could she possibly be old enough to talk to? Why not a tablet? Why do fools lay a phone down in the bed? The charger area does get hot and if it heats up cheap sheets or any sheet for that mater, its gonna catch on fire. Why do idiots lack common sense? OH WAIT! I use my phone in bed too. I've even slept with it under the pillow a couple times. That was dumb. But I don't keep doing it.

37. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

This is why I only charge my Note 4 battery in a external charger. I swap my batteries each morning. Plus no strain on the usb port or charging circuit.

33. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yea phones can explode.. big deal. As long as it has a f*cking Li-ion or anyother stoneaged battery it can.. deal with it.

30. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Interesting thing how you always menage to make connection with iphone. Article is about Lg G3 but somehow in these 25 posts above i read only about iphone. You all really hate Apple that much?

31. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I do not hate any manufacturer, but gagkiller and gregoryy3 are trolling hard.

58. gregoryyy3 unregistered

He's just mad because we called him out on his ignorant comments. Neither of us brought up Apple, the childish fandroids did. Just stating facts sir, sorry you don't have any to back up your foolish claims

59. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I do have proof silly, I do own a LG G3, and the stock charger is white. Ask any other LG G3 owner, it comes with a white adapter, and charging cable.

63. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I have a stock black charger sitting 10' away from me right now. Yours might be white, and that's it.

24. gregoryyy3 unregistered

An LG G3 blew up. The only time you hear about an iPhone doing that is when 3rd party chargers are involved. The beauty about apple is when your apple brand charging cable is broke or is starting to, apple will replace it for free. So the use of 3rd party chargers is on the consumer and not apple. So when this happens id stop blaming Apple and blame to consumer. Sad thing is this happened to an LG G3 with the standard charging cable that came in the box. Get educated guys, it's not hard

29. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Stock charger that came with MY LG G3 is white, like you see in picture number 2. Now in picture number 1, the cable is black. Not the original charger, please educate yourself before telling others to be educated. Obviously you do not own a LG G3, or seen the charger since your an Apple user. As you said yourself, "Get Educated, It is not hard".

53. gregoryyy3 unregistered

It's the same exact charger in all the pictures. Clearly you're the only one who's saying otherwise. Get your eyes check then comment.

46. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

This is a fake g3 ... Not li ke mine

22. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

1.) Why does the color of the charging cable change from Picture 1 to Picture 2? In the 1st pic the cable is black, and you can clearly see that. In the 2nd Pic, it's now a greyi-sh or white-ish color with a shadow clearly visible on the charger. (Similar to what the stock Lg G3 charging cable) 2.) Seems to me she isn't using the stock charger. My charger for my LG G3 was white. Any other G3 users want to comment?

25. gregoryyy3 unregistered

It's called headphones and a charger. Look again

27. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Read and look again, i know of the 2 cords plugged in the BIG ROUND ONE is a headset, but the Charger (when the phone is face down, the rectangular-ish plug on the left), is black in the 1st pic and then it is grey or white in the 2nd pic. That is why you see a shadow on the CHARGER.

45. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

This is a fake article .. Look at the picture its not even a real g3

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