It's not just printers that are in danger of blowing up these days, a series of recent news reports on exploding phones have got some people worried. As many of us carry phones with us nearly everywhere we go, the prospect of a phone catching on fire in her pocket is scary! The problem seems to be coming from smart phones; as the energy needs of the phones increase the battery power must also rise. This leads to the possibility of a malfunction in the battery with larger results than in the past.
Samsung Galaxy S II Catches Fire
The latest phone to make news headlines for starting to smolder was the Samsung Galaxy S II. According to the man who owned the phone, it caught fire while in his pocket. He “heard a sound… a burning sensation on his leg and as he pulled this [phone] out of his pocket he smelled burning… there was smoke coming out of his pocket and the phone.” Additionally, the phone was not an old one (which would be more likely to have defects due to wear) but was barely 2 weeks old! In photos submitted to XDA Developers, a section of the battery casing and enclosure is melted and there is some damage to the SIM card port.
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While all of these issues may be concerning, it is important to remember that with the millions of phones in the world today, it is almost inevitable that there will be issues with a very few. While it's important to pay attention to product recalls and other official announcements, the percentage of people who are affected by this problems is tiny. Hopefully phone manufacturers will learn from these issues and make phones safer and better than other.