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Old 05-14-2009, 12:10 PM
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WARNING Battery Danger

I walked into my house early this week to the smell of burning. I couldn't find where it was coming from. Last night as I was gathering my laundry I noticed a burn through the back of my jeans. A HUGE hole. I had a spare Touch Pro battery in my back pocket. It had expanded and obviously started a fire in my jeans. They were in a clothes pile and buried, so I assume that there wasn't enough oxygen to start a fire. I will post pictures later, but be very careful where you store extra batteries. I was very worried about my home.




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Old 05-14-2009, 12:13 PM
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

Did you have anything in the pocket besides your battery that would of shorted out the contacts to the battery.

It happen to me once, had some spare coins put a 9v in my front pocket and within min. my leg felt like their was a torch pointing at it.
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:15 PM
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

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I walked into my house early this week to the smell of burning. I couldn't find where it was coming from. Last night as I was gathering my laundry I noticed a burn through the back of my jeans. A HUGE hole. I had a spare Touch Pro battery in my back pocket. It had expanded and obviously started a fire in my jeans. They were in a clothes pile and buried, so I assume that there wasn't enough oxygen to start a fire. I will post pictures later, but be very careful where you store extra batteries. I was very worried about my home.
That would odd for it to do by itself. Sounds like the leads got shorted. Was there any metal or foil in the pocket?
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:16 PM
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

yeah thats really odd...what condition is the battery in now?
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:18 PM
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

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yeah thats really odd...what condition is the battery in now?
I will post pics tonight if I remember. The battery looks all bloated and the metal casing is exposed. (And burnt of course) To answer earlier questions there was absolutely nothing else in the pocket. I make sure to keep all metal away from a spare.
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

wow this sucks. i never had this happen with my lg batteries. i usually keep my batteries in my wallet in a seperate pocket. maybe it got hot in the laundry? put hot clothes on your jeans and somehow? :S
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

wow, I have my spare in my backpack, but I think I'm gonna take it out after hearing this. Maybe just put it in a baggy or something, that way nothing will get to it..
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

either the contacts shot or you exposed it to heat. there are warnings on the back for such

was it an OEM battery or Some random?
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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

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had some spare coins put a 9v in my front pocket and within min. my leg felt like their was a torch pointing at it.
I had the exact same thing happen, that's not a whole lotta fun......

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Re: WARNING Battery Danger

A lithium ion battery can burn at some ridiculously hot temperatures when ignited. Overcharging, heat and shorting it out via the contacts are pretty much the only ways to cause one to ignite, though. I don't see how just being in an otherwise empty pocket could cause one to spontaneously combust, though stranger things have happened.
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