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How Planes Can Be Brought Down By A Single Battery In A Checked Bag

A series of tests by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows that the flames created by just one lithium ion battery overheating could overwhelm the fire suppression systems in commercial passenger airliner cargo holds and potentially down the entire plane, according to the American Journal of Transportation (AJOT). Obviously, this is a troubling finding for safety […]

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Massive fire at recycling facility may have been sparked by lithium battery in a bale

TOWN OF NORWAY — Fire officials say they have identified a possible cause for the massive fire at a recycling facility in western Racine County that happened on July 1. Wind Lake Fire Chief Rob Robins tells FOX6 News the area of origin appears to be a bale, possibly contaminated with a lithium battery. Robins […]

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Woman says her Samsung phone exploded, started fire that destroyed car

In the history of epic tech fails, few are as bad as Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Fires caused by defective batteries saw the handsets recalled twice in 2016, though the company has since put the incident behind it with new, non-explosive flagships. But a Detroit woman is blaming one of the Korean firm’s devices […]

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Colorado Family: Lithium Battery Exploded, Started Fire Inside Bedroom

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – A family in Highlands Ranch is warning others after a lithium polymer battery designed for a remote control car exploded in their home. The Venom battery was charging in a child’s room, when it unexpectedly exploded. “It was unbelievably scary,” said Melanie Harnish, the homeowner. Harnish said she was in the […]

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Are Lithium-Ion Battery Explosions Increasing?

It seems like a month does not go by, without hearing news reports about battery explosions in e-cigs, headphones, smartphones or other electronic gadgets. Granted that stories about explosions are considered newsworthy, but has the statistical rate of battery failures actually gone up in the last few years? Has the impact of battery failures increased […]

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Panasonic recalls Toughbook laptops over fire hazard

Panasonic Australia is recalling three models of its Toughbook laptop range due to faulty battery packs, which may overheat and potentially cause a fire hazard. The company yesterday issued a recall of its Toughbook CF-AX, CF-C2 and CF-SX series laptops that were sold from April 2013 to March 2016. Panasonic said the issue was caused […]

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MacBook Pro battery explodes and catches fire during what user claims was ‘normal use’

Swollen batteries and thermal events are a possibility (although rare) for any device with a battery, but a recent video has captured an unfortunate scenario where a MacBook Pro has caught fire and created enough smoke to set off the user’s home smoke alarms. White Panda, a DJ, shared what happened to his MacBook Pro during […]

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Fire! Gadgets thrown in the trash are causing battery blazes at waste centers

We’ve read countless stories over the years of unstable lithium-ion batteries suddenly exploding, including in smartphones, hoverboards, and vape pens — sometimes with tragic consequences — so it’s kind of surprising we’re not more careful about how we dispose of them. Left inside trashed electronics that can include anything from those listed above to laptops, cameras, and power tools, the batteries […]

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Stop Throwing Cellphone Batteries in the Trash, You’re Firebombing Garbage Trucks

It can be difficult to figure out what to do with your old electronics when you’re ready to move on from them, but here is one thing you should definitely not do: throw them in the trash. Discarded devices powered by lithium-ion batteries are basically fire bombs waiting to explode on unsuspecting sanitation workers. According […]

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Video shows iPhone exploding, catching fire in Las Vegas repair shop

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (WABC) — Some scary moments were caught on camera inside a Las Vegas repair shop. Surveillance video showed an iPhone exploding just feet away from a worker, who scrambled away. The explosion happened Friday as the employee was working to fix the phone’s broken screen. No one was injured. Experts say iPhone […]

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After The KLM Flight Diversion From An Overheated Phone, We Need To talk About Lithium Batteries

“At no time were passengers or crew in danger”: always a reassuring phrase when a flight goes awry. But the statement put out by the Dutch airline KLM about Tuesday night’s flight 809 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur raised concerns once again about the dangers posed to aviation by lithium batteries.  I surmise that just about every […]

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Lithium-Ion Battery Explodes in the Cargo Hold of a Delta Airlines Plane

There are a couple reasons why you should never put a lithium-ion battery pack or device into your checked luggage. First, it’s against the rules for most airlines, and second, because that battery may just explode in the cargo hold. That’s just what happened on a recent Delta flight heading from Salt Lake City, Utah […]

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Did you buy a hot Asus Rog Strix notebook? Like, really hot? Like, super hot? Like, ow-ow-ow my lap’s on fire hot?

You could be in line for a slice of $12m from PC slinger Asus is set to pay gamers in America up to $320 each and cover the cost of new motherboards and power adapters for a couple of its defective laptops. The Taiwanese computer slinger sold just under 25,000 of the two affected Rog […]

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Lithium-Ion Battery on Delta Air Lines Flight Explodes, Catches Fire (Quick-Thinking Crew Averts Disaster)

If you’ve got a smartphone, laptop computer, or other electronic device, chances are you’re carrying a lithium-ion battery around with you. That could spell disaster. Delta Connection/SkyWest flight 4449 scheduled to fly from Salt Lake City to Bozeman, Montana narrowly averted disaster when a lithium-ion battery exploded and caught fire in a passenger suitcase loaded […]

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Amazon Recalls Over 250,000 Power Banks After Reports Of Fires, Burns

After receiving 53 reports of overheating, including one chemical burn from exposure to battery acid and four incidents of fire and smoke damage (as reported by the CSPC), Amazon is voluntarily recalling approximately 260,000 power banks. Part of their AmazonBasics house brand, these portable chargers were sold between 2014 and 2017 and range in capacity from […]

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Fire official: Box of lithium batteries explodes in Uptown post office

CHICAGO (WLS) — A box of lithium batteries exploded in an Uptown post office Friday afternoon, Chicago fire officials said. No one was injured in the explosion in the 4800-block of North Broadway Street, officials said. Traffic was blocked around the building for a time, though Broadway has since reopened. The post office remains locked […]

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Passenger Injured When Cell Phone Catches Fire Aboard Air Canada Flight In Toronto

A morning flight from Toronto’s Pearson Airport was delayed after a cell phone caught fire and injured the owner of the device. A spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Transport Authorities confirmed to Newsweek that fire and emergency crews had responded to the incident but were unable to provide further information as the incident occurred on […]

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Passenger’s carry-on catches fire in airplane’s overhead bin

Passengers were forced to disembark from a China Southern Airlines flight to Shanghai after a power bank caught fire in an overhead compartment Sunday. Channel News Asia reported that passengers were boarding the flight when smoke started to pour into the cabin and a passenger’s bag was seen in flames in the overhead bin. In a […]

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Phoenixville man’s laptop battery explodes, causing fire damage

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville man is thankful to still have his home after he says the battery inside his laptop exploded, causing a fire to erupt in his kitchen. Bob Domarasky of Columbia Avenue is warning everyone he knows about the lithium ion batteries inside HP laptops after he woke up to find his counter […]

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Apple recalls 15in MacBook Pro laptops over battery fire risk

Customers urged to stop using limited number of machines sold between 2015 and 2017 Apple is recalling some of its 15in MacBook Pro laptops over a battery fire risk. The company said on Thursday that a limited number of its largest laptop line, sold between September 2015 and February 2017, contained batteries that “may overheat and pose […]

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