Samsung Smartphone Battery Catches Fire, Injures Owner

A battery of a 2011 Samsung Galaxy Note model recently exploded in its owner's pocket, with the man  suffering burns.

He was walking around with the Samsung device in his pocket when the battery caught on fire. The man received second-degree burns and a one-inch wound on his thigh. Officials stated that the battery was not  inside the phone when it exploded.

The incident itself took place in South Korea. A local newspaper said the battery was from the original Galaxy Note, but the Associated Press stressed that it remains unconfirmed.

The AP said the incident marks the second time during the last year when a Samsung battery has caught fire in South Korea. The company, however, confirmed that it won't be planning an investigation.

While they're quick in terms of charging, lithium-ion batteries have been known to malfunction due to heat. Last year, a phone battery caught fire in a man's back pants pocket at Defcon, while a man was killed in 2009 as an exploding phone severed his neck artery.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been grounded until 2014 because of on-board fires stemming from lithium-ion batteries. Lenovo, Nokia, Dell, Apple, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Hitachi and Fujitsu have previously pulled products from retail stores due to overheating batteries.


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  • What else was in his pocket at the time? I can make any battery catch fire or explode with a bit of steel wool and some pocket lint.
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  • Why was the battery not in the phone? If it indeed was not and there was also loose change in the pocket, that could definitely lead to a situation where the battery fails if coins managed to touch the battery terminals.
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  • "Officials stated that the battery was not inside the phone when it exploded."

    Urrr so its technically not Samsung's fault but his own. Leaving the battery exposed to static friction in the pocket along with lose lints is an accident waiting to happen.
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  • I never had these problems with my Motorolla brick...
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  • What else was in his pocket at the time? I can make any battery catch fire or explode with a bit of steel wool and some pocket lint.
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  • Wow, a guy was killed by his smart phone? I might start using a Bluetooth....
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