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

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:20

Remember 18 year-old Fanny Schlatter? She is the Swiss teen who suffered sever 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...

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posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:23 34

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:36 4

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 11:41 3

41. CSM201 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Is a "battery geek" a thing?

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 00:05

46. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

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

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 13:50

47. MyJobSux (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Apr 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 16:50

48. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:39 6

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 22:03

36. skyline88 (Posts: 610; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:49 13

9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 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-.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:48

27. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 20:01

29. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 00:56 1

39. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 21 Jul 2013, 00:04

45. TheRequiem (Posts: 245; Member since: 23 Mar 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:27

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:30 17

3. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:18 8

33. MEeee (Posts: 365; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:26 2

34. MEeee (Posts: 365; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:33 9

4. dynamo.one (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

don't mess with samsung bitch

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:42

16. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)


posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:32

51. jfuente11 (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Nov 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:40 5

7. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:45 3

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:57

11. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:01 2

12. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 15:49 5

10. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 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

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 19:10 1

23. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2016, 05:10

53. dancrucifixxx (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:03 7

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 16:57 5

17. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 12:26

42. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 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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