Samsung Galaxy S III that injured 18 year old girl exploded due to third party battery

Samsung Galaxy S III that injured 18 year old girl exploded due to third party battery
Remember 18 year-old Fanny Schlatter? She is the Swiss teen who suffered severe burns as a result of a Samsung Galaxy S III that exploded in her pocket. You might recall that she was at her place of employment at the time, and that she had to have her pants cut to prevent further damage. As a result of the blast, Schlatter suffered third degree burns to her thigh, which we showed you in a particularly gruesome photograph. The phone itself had been melted beyond recognition.


A report released on Friday by the EMPA Materials Science and Technology confirms a separate study done by Samsung and both reach the same conclusion. A third party battery that was not authorized by Samsung was responsible for the explosion and the subsequent damage. Not only does this absolve the Korean based manufacturer of any responsibility, it also means that if you stick with the the stock cell or an authorized replacement, you shouldn't live in constant fear that your Samsung Galaxy S III will blow up.

18 year-old victim Fran Schaltter holds the phone that exploded in her pocket

18 year-old victim Fran Schaltter holds the phone that exploded in her pocket


source: LeMatin (translated), SammyHub via GSMArena

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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)

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53 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I figured it was a third party battery/charger. It's not worth the risk to save a few bucks.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

But maybe she bought it without knowing, honestly not everyone is a battery geek, is she bought it on eBay or Amazon maybe she was not aware of what she was buying

41. CSM201

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Is a "battery geek" a thing?

46. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Not much Of a thing but rather just enough to tell a quality battery from a cheap low performance one

47. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Doesnt seem like the GS3 is old enough to have battery issues yet. Even so, when looking up the new battery she or someone probably saw the Samsung battery cost and a 3rd party battery cost and simply decided to get the cheaper one. a few dollars to maybe $20 was saved. That savings was lost in any doctor visits, clothing, replacing the device and (however you put a price on it) personal physical damage to her body. Its sometimes natural to be frugal but not always wise.

48. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Actually its not about age but rather usage, most batteries start showing reduced performance after a year, plus a user with no knolege about batteries could simply plug her phone to a charger every possible time (even when not needed) causing the battery to suffer and loose its performance

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I can hear a huge sigh of relief from Sammy fans... But isn't it a funny thing for her to do making the story public when she knows they'll probably find out there's a third party battery tucked inside that resulted in the explosion.

36. skyline88

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

keyword = Caucasian. So there's really nothing weird for making up any stories.

9. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Honestly it's always 3rd party components that cause things. Not just Samsung, but many other manufacturers... Sometimes there's extreme heat that may warp some plastic, or for bigger batteries not found in mobile devices, a little smoke. But a damn explosion?! Only China-made basement science fair lab kits could do something like that. I know some of Apple and Sony laptops in the past had some trouble with their batteries. Journalist sensationalism called it 'catching fire' but in reality it was just extreme heat and maybe a little smoke and charring. Not an actual flame to be seen anywhere, let alone an -explosion-.

27. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

and i thought she also put it in a microwave or Owen to bake new 4.2.2 update

29. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Get back to your kitchen and make me an ice cream sandwich for my desire HD young lady!

39. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Yep. I knew it. The carbon fibre back case was already a good hint.

45. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Why dont they say who that third party manufacturer is?? I constantly buy higher capacity third party batteries like the RAVPower I have in my S4 now to get about 15% better life.

2. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I agree. she should have bought the PowerSkin if she wanted more battery life. I bought it for my Inspire and i had no problems with it

3. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

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33. MEeee

Posts: 383; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

For the haters that had jumped to conclusions and talk sh1t about Samsung.

34. MEeee

Posts: 383; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

4. dynamo.one

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

don't mess with samsung bitch

16. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

werd.

51. jfuente11

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

What if it is really an original battery? They just paid an amount to the family's victim to shut their mouth and the result of the test was overridden in favor of Sammy. Will do everything just to save the reputation... If you know what I mean.

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

goes to show you buy manufacture or be prepared though I've never had any issues with 3rd party accessories.

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You might not have, not everyone will. Not every 3rd party charger/battery will explode, but there IS a risk that it will. If a product is not designed to be used with something, there is always a chance.

11. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

heck on my note 1 the battery swelled up so fat I thought it was going to and it was a Samsung original

12. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its extremely low but everything produced has a small amount of defects.

10. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Does anyone know which 3 party battery it was? Ive been contemplating buying one of those huge zero lemon batteries(7000 mah) for my s4 but if there's a higher risk of exploding then of course I wouldn't.. please someone let me know.. thanks

23. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I'd like to know too! I own a ZeroLemon for my GS3 and like it a lot, but this is disconcerting.

53. dancrucifixxx

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2016

I have been using my zero lemon batteries for years I have had one for a Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 and they have been great I would not trust any others though. Zero Lemon batteries are high quality they are not cheap s**t batteries like some of these after market batteries out there I would not worry about zero lemon but others i would not touch.

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is why I stick to OEMs products or products authorized by that OEM. The GS3 has a 3000mAh battery pack with a back cover and the has a NFC chip, why couldn't she get that? I understand she isn't an enthusiast but geez at least do some research when before buying.

17. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Most people are too lazy to research phones. They just buy the iPhone because all their friends have one and they want to fit in.

42. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I'd have to say that most people are too cheap as well. Anything on amazon that costs $2 must be great for my $500 phone!

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