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06 Dec 2012 06:56 AM   |   5497 clicks   |   UPI
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ArkAngel    [TotalFark]  
They want the entire line recalled because of one uninvestigated incident?

05 Dec 2012 11:40 PM
Apos     
The real story here is that Blackberries are still around.....

06 Dec 2012 12:57 AM
timujin    [TotalFark]  

Apos: The real story here is that Blackberries are still around.....


Seriously. Fine, a phone caught on fire and burned a kid, I can buy that. But someone actually purchased a Blackberry for their personal use? Now I know you're full of shiat.

06 Dec 2012 01:10 AM
log_jammin     
there's an app for that all right, but it will take ten hours of browsing to find it, 4 reboots, and a battery pull to install it.

06 Dec 2012 02:11 AM
Happy Hours     
Stupid kid should not have set the alarm to "Fire". I bet there's an audible alarm option that would have woken him up just fine.

06 Dec 2012 06:59 AM
LordOfThePings     
"It could have easily been much worse if he hadn't have woken up."

Well, he was using it as an alarm.

06 Dec 2012 07:02 AM
Cybernetic     
I'm confused because TFA uses the words "Blackberry" and "popular" in the same sentence. Did this happen in 2008?

06 Dec 2012 07:02 AM
Onkel Buck     
Pardon me while I burn and rise above the flame....

06 Dec 2012 07:04 AM
wildcardjack     
Even with six sigma processes there's still 3.4 defects per million units. I'd presume most of those defects would show up as non-functioning batteries in a fail soft manner, but when we're talking hundreds of millions of units and occasionally one's gonna go kablooey.

And then you have things like large model aircraft battery packs. They've got a bad enough failure rate at the amateur level they have fire resistant bags for charging, but they tend to be banged around a bit more while being big brutes compared to what's in your phone.

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It's also an argument against using them in cars. You'd have to shock insulate them and they'd still be liable to combust after a wreck, hours later.

06 Dec 2012 07:05 AM
LordOfThePings     

wildcardjack: And then you have things like large model aircraft battery packs. They've got a bad enough failure rate at the amateur level they have fire resistant bags for charging


Lipo-safe -- you can seal yourself inside when you're dieting.

06 Dec 2012 07:10 AM
stuhayes2010     
Wasn't this claimed with an iPhone and experts showed that phones don't have enough current or voltage to start a fire?

06 Dec 2012 07:34 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  
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Hundreds of mobile devices spontaneous combust every year, it just isn't widely reported.

06 Dec 2012 07:40 AM
Coffee Snob     

Cybernetic: I'm confused because TFA uses the words "Blackberry" and "popular" in the same sentence. Did this happen in 2008?


Almost word for word what I came here to post. I am both sad and impressed.

06 Dec 2012 07:52 AM
Jon iz teh kewl     
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06 Dec 2012 07:52 AM
Bob Down     
In other breaking news, LIPO batteries have flammable electrolyte.

/Sent from my AndroAAAAAAhhhhrrrggghhh!

06 Dec 2012 08:03 AM
csnake24     
The only component within a phone that could burn like that is the battery. Chances are RIM got their batteries from the same place Apple did.

06 Dec 2012 08:03 AM
memebot_of_doom    [TotalFark]  
His legs caught fire? Was it charging on the foot of his bed or something?

06 Dec 2012 08:03 AM
THX 1138     
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06 Dec 2012 08:28 AM
cajunns     
"but last Sunday she placed the charging phone"

I wonder if just what she was using to charge the phone could have caused the fire !

06 Dec 2012 08:34 AM
fluffy2097     
Damaged Lithium ion batteries are prone to thermal runaway followed by a condition known scientifically as "Venting with flame"

/It says "Do not puncture for a reason"
//$20 says he had a shiatty aftermarket battery in it.

06 Dec 2012 08:43 AM
Pista    [TotalFark]  

cajunns: "but last Sunday she placed the charging phone"

I wonder if just what she was using to charge the phone could have caused the fire !


Good point.
There are some places giving away Playbooks with the 9320 (a sort of "student deal"). The Playbook comes with a "super quick" charger & that could have been the issue. It may have fried the battery.
I also recall early prototypes of the 9320 running a little hot too.

06 Dec 2012 08:44 AM
LoneVVolf     
Alone in his room at night with a smartphone (supposedly charging on a nightstand), and only his legs are burned? Despite his face and chest being far closer to the nightstand? Little wanker was spanking the monkey to 2.5" porn and shorted the charging cable.

06 Dec 2012 09:24 AM
averagejoe42     
Wait... I'm confused. The headline says Smartphone, but the article says Blackberry? Which is it?

06 Dec 2012 10:13 AM
BolshyGreatYarblocks     
Lithium batteries: when you want "Satan Inside" to be taken literally.

06 Dec 2012 10:50 AM
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