Smartphone Exploded in China due to Biting of its Battery

A smartphone battery exploded in China, after a man attempted to test the battery by biting it, on January 19, 2018.

A man at an electronics store in China decided to give a smartphone battery his own litmus test by biting it. This resulted in a small explosion rupturing the battery completely.

The video of the incident was captured by the store’s CCTV security cameras and was uploaded to Miaopai— a video sharing platform in China, similar to the now-defunct Vine. It has since garnered 4.69 million views.

According to Taiwan News, the man was in the store to replace his iPhone battery. The man began to scrutinize the battery to check if it was real, further biting on it, which resulted in the explosion. Although, the explosion occurred a few inches from the man’s face and other onlookers, no one was reportedly injured.

Faulty and counterfeit lithium-ion batteries are susceptible to explosion or overheating, however, it is unclear as to whether the explosion was caused due to the damaged caused by biting the battery or due to the it being fake.

After Apple admitted iPhones had older batteries, the company offered battery replacements for US$ 29 instead of the usual US$ 79, which led to more people planning on replacing their batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries are being widely used in several gadgets, considering their cost-effectiveness and easy availability of raw materials, as per lithium-ion batteries market report published by Coherent Market Insight.

 

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