Samsung Galaxy Note Explodes, Owner Injured

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A Samsung Galaxy Note exploded over the weekend, injuring the 55-year old Korean man who had the device in his pocket. The English edition of The Chosunilbo reported that the man was being treated for second-degree burns on his right thigh from the incident.

Samsung Galaxy Note Fire

TMO Artist's Rendition of the Victim's Happy Moment

This mirrors incidents that have occurred with iPhones in the last couple of years, but as Philip Elmer-Dewitt noted at Forbes, Samsung battery fires have gotten a fraction of the attention that Apple's iPhone received.

The same report from The Chosunilbo also mentioned a schoolboy in Gwangju who suffered injury when his Samsung Galaxy SII exploded in his pants pocket. A Motorola Droid Bionic caught fire at Defcon in July of 2012.

The reality, of course, is that lithium ion batteries can catch fire. It's not exclusive to Apple, Samsung, or any other device maker. Heretofore, Apple has gotten a lot of coverage for the incidents involving its iPhone because Apple gets a disproportionate amount of coverage for anything and everything it does, for both good and ill.

In December of 2011, Mobie and Best Buy (Rocketfish brand) both recalled battery extender cases for the iPhone related to overheating problems. In April of 2008, Sony and Apple both settled a lawsuit relating to defective MacBook batteries.

As of this writing, no class action has been launched against Samsung for the battery fires occurring with its devices.

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10 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

“The reality, of course, is that lithium ion batteries can catch fire. It’s not exclusive to Apple, Samsung, or any other device maker”

Boeing Aircraft for that matter.

Bryan Chaffin

True dat (as the kids used to say)! Seems like it’s time for a disruptive battery technology to come along.

Aftermac

What was a 55-year-old doing with a device so hip and cool??

wab95

In other news, Samsung announce that, compared to competitors’ devices, their Galaxy Note provides more bang for the buck.

daemon

“True dat (as the kids used to say)! Seems like it’s time for a disruptive battery technology to come along.”

Like what? Greater safety precautions? Or a different way to store electricity?

ctopher

daemon: Mr. Fusion

http://www.universetoday.com/98968/nasas-version-of-mr-fusion/

geoduck

True dat (as the kids used to say)! Seems like it’s time for a disruptive battery technology to come along.

Oh I don’t know. It seems like an exploding LiIon battery would be quite disruptive enough.

As of this writing, no class action has been launched against Samsung for the battery fires occurring with its devices.

Apple. I’m sure they would sue Apple over this.

What was a 55-year-old doing with a device so hip and cool??

I resemble that remark.

T-roll

Apple doesn’t have a patent on this?

John Dingler, artist

Hi Lee,
No, but the point, in my opinion, is to spotlight bad news that can work against thieves of Apple’s intellectual properties. Now we need more bad news for Samsung and Google/Motorola as payback.

John Dingler, artist

Hi Bryan,
An alternative technology to the battery is a different kind of solar panel:
Technology already exists to make real clouds. Technology needs to be developed to shrink solar panels down to particles (something less risky than nanoparticles) small enough—like dust—to be supported within real clouds. These solar “panelettes” would collect power, beaming it down to the device to either power or to recharge it.

The real cloud would be programmed to hover on hot days directly between the person and the sun, thus providing shade in this age of climate change which seems to changing to the hotter, not to the colder.

Then you’d have a joystick to nude the cloud this way and that way just for fun.

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