iPhone Battery Explodes in Man’s Face While Using the Phone
UNITED STATES – According to a news story reported online at ibtimes.com, an iPhone battery exploded in a man’s face while he was using it at a work station. Thankfully, no injuries were reported from the incident.*
The explosion was caught on camera and shared by the man on the website Reddit. The footage shows the man and another man sitting at a work station while one of the men uses an iPhone. Then one of the men jumps up, and the footage shows the iPhone exploding and catching on fire. The phone was in flames on the table, and one of the man managed to push it onto the ground, where he put out the fire by stomping on the phone.
With the Reddit post, the man explained that the battery in the phone had just been replaced by one of his coworkers, and it might have been faulty. He said the battery was swelling when it was charged, and the explosion happened as the man was inspecting it to see what was wrong. The man indicated that no one was injured in the accident.
The man closed his Reddit post by warning other people to not buy third-party batteries unless they were sure the batteries were coming from Apple or made for iPhones. He also said that people should not try to replace the batteries on their own but take their phones to Apple stores. Apple’s manual for its phones says the same thing — that consumers should not tamper with the battery, as it has the potential to catch on fire.
iPhones use lithium-ion batteries, which are small but very powerful batteries. These batteries have been getting some increasing scrutiny lately, as numerous cell phone explosions have occurred, along with laptop explosions, car explosions, and e-cigarette explosions also involving lithium-ion batteries.
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