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Exploding headphone battery burns woman during flight

By midian182 ยท 29 replies
Mar 15, 2017
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  1. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,986   +2,878

    Thanks. I never knew that. I'm no firefighter but putting out an electrical fire with water seemed a bit obtuse to me.
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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,525   +514

    Modern day chargers SHOULD be constructed so that they do not overcharge a battery no matter how long you leave them in the charger. In other words, it is the charger that, if constructed improperly, will overcharge a battery, and therefore, the charger's fault that the battery is over charged. The electronics industry has known for many, many, many years how to construct chargers that do not overcharge batteries. It is well-known in the electronics industry that it is detrimental, to say the least, to overcharge a battery. If the explosion was caused by the battery being overcharged, it is the charger that is at fault. No human could possibly tell, without sophisticated electronics, the state of charge of any battery, and if such human-monitoring were necessary, the battery would never sell and would probably never be allowed on the market due to safety issues - I.e., it would never pass UL, or other similar types of, testing.

    This is the reason consumer protection laws are needed. There are those out there that will put sh!t on the market because they need to pay for the materials used in the manufacture of those products and not lose any money while ensuring that they make a profit. The only way to stop such jerks from putting sh!t on the market is to make the cost of putting sh!t on the market too expensive for them.

    As I see it, the only way of making the cost of putting sh!t on the market prohibitively expensive is to sue companies that do so - I.e., either consumer law suits, or law suits from authorities. With the current DC political climate aimed at reducing the already overburdening regulations, you can bet that lawsuits will not come at the Federal level. They might come from those states that still have some understanding of corruption and its consequences, or from consumers who find lawyers that have $$$ for eyes. I'd be willing to bet that if this happened to a govt official, they would be all over this like flies on sh!t.
  3. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +320

    Shouldn't have to "take care" of batteries.
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  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +320

    Ouch! I feel bad for the poor chick. Must hurt and was undoubtedly a WTF moment
  5. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 395   +249

    Aw man, ouch! That poor girl needs a hug. I hope my jam transit ear buds don't end up doing that to me. On a side note, I'm never listening to disco inferno again...
    Reachable and wiyosaya like this.

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