Portland-based online newspaper KATU.com brought us the story last night of a smartphone's lithium battery catching fire. According to the report Manolo Rodriguez was walking through a local goodwill store when he heard a sizzling noise coming from his jacket. He felt a warmth on his chest and realized that his Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone's lithium battery had overheated and was the smartphone would soon explode. His first thought was to just take the smartphone out of the breast pocket of his jacket but it was already too hot.
"I tried to reach for the phone and pull it out, but it was too hot," he said. "So I retracted my hand, closed the zipper and then unzipped the center one so I could get my jacket off."
Once he was able to get his jacket off he threw it onto the floor of the Goodwill store. The smartphone went into its final meltdown and exploded. The result in the total destruction of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the jacket pocket the phone was in and a hole melted through the linoleum floor of the store.
"If I had been talking on the phone or something, it could have exploded in my face," he said. "It could have been worse."
Since the incident Mr. Rodriquez has hired an attorney that has contacted the Samsung Corporation to try and get them to recall all 20 million of the Galaxy S4s in consumer hands. If he is successful and Samsung does make the recall it would not be the first time the the electronic giant would have to make such a move over lithium battery issues. In February of this year they had similar issues with both the Galaxy S3 and Note mobile devises.
Samsung is not the only technology company that has has lithium battery problems this year. In June of this year Apple Inc. had to recall 5,100 lithium batteries for their popular Macbook Pro. Those batteries were also a threat to burn and explode. Even airplanes are not immune from this problem as seen when Boeing had to ground their entire 787 line after a few of the plane experienced lithium battery fires.
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