3rd Party Laptop Battery Catches Fire 4 Times
Last year was an explosive period for cellphone manufacturer Samsung with their Galaxy Note 7 literally becoming a time bomb that was carried around in people’s pockets. It forced the company to issue a total recall on the product and it had customers on high alert. Sometimes users opt for purchasing a third party battery because it’s cheaper and sometimes can even offer longer battery life. But, the benefits do come at a cost. For one, it almost always voids the warranty and secondly it removes the device manufacturer from any liability should anything go wrong.
On the 9th of February CNET covered the story of a 4-year old Dell laptop catching fire not once, not twice, but 4 times in a single evening. After an investigation, Dell stated that they were not at fault because the owner had been using an unlicensed/unregulated 3rd party battery.
Imagine if this had happened when the homeowners were asleep and the small fire went unchecked – they could have died or someone could’ve been seriously hurt. This was no doubt the absolute best case scenario. Even name brand manufacturers like HP have had issues with their batteries being fire hazards, causing them to issue a recall of more than 140,000 laptop batteries manufactured/sold between March 2013 and October 2016.