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Apple Trying to Permanently Resolve iPhone 6 and 7 Battery Defects

The message on Twitter had the ominous overtones of recent Samsung problems, when Twitter user Bree posted a video of her swollen and blistered iPhone 7 Plus with smoke seeping out around the edges. This wasn’t the first time that an iPhone 7 fire had been reported, but this was the first video of the incident to […]

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Caught on Camera: Teen’s Laptop Bursts Into Flames in Family’s Living Room

The stunning home surveillance video shows two teenage boys sitting on a couch, playing video games and eating pizza, when suddenly a laptop bursts into a ball of fire just three feet away. “Thank God it didn’t explode in my face,” said 18-year-old Devon Johnson, describing the fireball that engulfed his Dell laptop, while it […]

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Dell laptop explodes again and again and again

After last year’s explosive merry-go-round with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it’s tempting to hope that it’s just phones that blow up. This isn’t the case, as 18-year-old Devon Johnson of Thousand Oaks, California, discovered last month. Johnson’s Dell Inspiron laptop was charging on the couch when there was a bang and the laptop burst into […]

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Best Buy recalls MacBook replacement batteries after reports of fire

Best Buy has recalled about 5100 replacement batteries for Apple’s MacBook laptops, after 13 reports that the battery caught fire, a U.S. consumer safety agency said. The ATG lithium-ion batteries can catch fire while charging, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement Wednesday. The recall covers both black and white ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries […]

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Sony Recalls Vaio Battery Packs Due to Fire Hazard

Sony is recalling the lithium-ion battery packs installed in 18 different models of its Vaio Series laptops from 2013. The battery packs, made by Panasonic, may overheat, risking burns and fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates about 1,700 battery packs units are affected in the United States and 21 in Canada. The battery packs involved in […]

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Toshiba Recalls 190k Panasonic Lithium-ion Batteries Over Fire Hazard

After a long 2016, U.S. consumers are used to hearing about Lithium-ion battery problems leading to laptops overheating, smartphones going up in flames, hover boards burning riders, and electronic cigarettes exploding in people’s pockets. In the latest recall of the troubled Lithium-ion battery, which powers the vast majority of the world’s wireless devices, Toshiba has announced the expansion […]

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Furniture fire at Bettendorf apartment caused by laptop battery

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — Crews were called to the Chateau Knoll apartments in Bettendorf to put out a fire that started on a couch from a laptop battery that caught fire. A maintenance man at Chateau Knoll apartments was working in the hallway when he heard a smoke detector going off in an apartment. The resident […]

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Cell phone battery ignites on Delta flight from Norfolk to Atlanta

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — A cell phone battery ignited and caught fire Friday on a plane heading from Norfolk to Atlanta. According to the Virginian Pilot, Delta Airlines flight 2557 had just taken off when a cell phone battery that was not attached to a phone caught fire. “Somebody started yelling ‘FIRE, FIRE’,” said Virginian […]

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Apple blames iPhone battery fires on ‘external damage’

The company responds to a spate of “thermal events” in China. Apple says it’s not to blame for a spate of iPhones apparently catching fire. The Shanghai Consumer Council, a watchdog group in China, reported last week that eight iPhone 6 devices had spontaneously combusted. Apple’s response is that “external damage” was to blame for […]

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Hollywood producer latest victim of exploding batteries

It’s not just the batteries in Samsung phones that are causing drama on airplanes. A Hollywood producer has sued electronics giant LG after one of its lithium-ion batteries allegedly caught fire on a Spirit Air jet this summer — burning his leg and sparking fellow passengers to brand him a terrorist. Anthony Scott Rhulen — […]

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Lithium-Ion Batteries: Tough to Make, Hard to Target in Court

Much about the safety of lithium-ion batteries depends on the quality of the battery and the type of product it’s in, attorneys and others say. Lithium-ion batteries power a wide variety of consumer products, with good reason: They provide steady energy in a small package. But they’re subject to overheating—a problem that’s resulted not only […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement phone reportedly catches fire on plane

A Southwest Airlines flight was canceled Wednesday after a passenger’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone caught fire on board. And the owner says he already replaced his phone after the recall of Note 7 phones for the same issue. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is investigating the incident, which occurred on a […]

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Samsung says 3 reports of China phone battery fire

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it has received three reports of Galaxy Note 7 battery fires in China and investigated two of them. Samsung and its battery supplier, Amperex Technology Ltd., investigated and found the cause of the fires in those two cases was an external heat source, not the phones’ […]

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Man sues Samsung, saying Note 7 exploded in his pants

It was going to blow up this way sooner or later. After news emerged that Samsung had received 92 reports in the US about the battery in its Galaxy Note 7 phone overheating — including 26 cases involving burns — it seemed only time before someone would contact a lawyer. Now, Reuters reports, 28-year-old Jonathan Strobel of Boca […]

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Samsung won’t be the last to have exploding batteries

A Jeep in Florida went up in flames after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was left charging in the car. Airlines have warned passengers not to bring the device on planes, and the U.S. issued a dire warning to Samsung customers to power down the phones “as soon as possible.” Samsung (SSNLF) has endured a string […]

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Tampa man’s laptop battery catches on fire

TAMPA (FOX 13) – It was a frightening experience for a Tampa man when the battery inside his laptop computer caught on fire. He says it could have very well burned his house down had he not been right beside it. Gil Sanderford is okay. He can’t say the same for his MacBook or his dining […]

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As More Devices Board Planes, Travelers Are Playing With Fire Image

The Federal Aviation Administration, citing fire hazards, has warned against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft. Three Australian airlines and the German carrier Lufthansa have outright banned their use onboard. But the threat of airliner fires is not limited to Samsung devices, which the company has offered to replace. And the hazard is far more […]

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Jeep destroyed after Galaxy Note 7 exploded, customer says

Samsung said last Friday that 35 of its Galaxy Note 7 phones had experienced battery malfunctions and all Note 7s were being recalled, but not everyone may have got the message. In St. Petersburg, Florida, for example, Fox 13 reports that a man was charging his Note 7 in his Jeep Grand Cherokee on Labor Day when the phone […]

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Why lithium-ion batteries go up in flames

SAN FRANCISCO —  The burning lithium-ion batteries that caused a massive recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones highlight the conundrum tech companies face as they look for more powerful, lightweight and easily recharged batteries to power myriad consumer devices. Lithium-ion batteries burst onto the scene in the early 1990s when they first appeared in hand-held video cameras. Since […]

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Samsung to Recall 2.5 Million Galaxy Note 7s Over Battery Fires

HONG KONG — A ubiquitous source of power in most modern technology, lithium-ion batteries keep cellphones, laptops, electric cars and airplanes running. They are also the source of many problems, with some overheating, catching fire and even exploding. In a potentially damaging episode, Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones, announced on Friday that it […]

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