My Dell Is On Fire!!! Help!

By Sjbrand99 ยท 11 replies
Oct 31, 2006
  1. Lol... yesterday my brothers Dell Inspiron laptop caught fire! He was gaming on it... then he started to hear dodgey sounds and smell burning... i ran in at the point too see a small flame flicker out of the side.... i picked it up and threw it outside... i then proceeded to stamp on it 'till it went out.

    I do have pictures of the aftermath.. but they are being processed currently... i will uploa them ASAP! they will be the talk of TechSpot for weeks!!!
  2. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Ummmm..............OK, not really but whatever.:confused:
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Hmm, you could've also just threw water on it. Well, I would report that to Dell right away, that could've been a fatal fire if not caught (let's say, you're brother went into another part of the house for something and it happened when he was away). You never know when another recall could happen.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    You don't want to throw water on a laptop battery fire. They contain lithium, lithium and water don't play nice, could even explode sending burning bits to various places in the room.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    True, but stomping on it wouldn't help either, right? Maybe a little sand or foam would've put it out.
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Assuming the battery was made by Sony, isn't the recall on those batteries continuing? Of course, you would have to verify it was one of the applicable Sony batteries. If you're lucky, maybe you can get your whole laptop replaced.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Yeh, anything to take the Oxygen away. Or just let it burn.

    Out of all these batteries that have problems, only a few have ever caught fire. Usually if one does its all over the web. So I'll be looking foward to the pictures for proof this actually happened.
  8. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I would like to see the pics as well. That must of been a sight to see.
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I saw an article in the NY Times that indicated that Sony's profits were only around $15,000,000.00; a 93% loss of what they usually make! I guess a little quality and testing wouldn't help them by now...
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Please post those pics :)

    I am currently using a laptop, I hope it does not boooommm too:hotbounce
  11. 1941

    1941 Banned Posts: 20

    Dell did have a battery recall
  12. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    That's because they also use the Sony Batteries too.
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