Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia

"As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face," the woman said. "I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire." AFP

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  • 9

    smithinjapan

    So, why no name of the company that produced the product?

  • 6

    pacint

    No mention on any other news source, just lithium battery(most likely a cheap replacement).

  • 7

    lostrune2

    If ya guys wanna learn how these batteries work, the difference between lithium and lithium-ion, and why they explode, PBS Nova just aired a short documentary last month:

    https://youtu.be/FGyKN3YvoFc?t=755

    PBS Nova - Search for the Super Battery

  • 3

    Aaron Brummett

    Yikes! I am glad that she is OK! I have never heard of this happening before.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    pacint: Not only that, but they are REFUSING to release the brand name, which makes you wonder. It'll come out, eventually. Pretty awful picture -- I hope the woman is treated and heals. The stuff about the potential for these batteries to explode and hence should not be put in check in luggage in case of fire (and inability to control it) is scary.

  • 4

    zichi

    Looks nasty! Bluetooth? Don't use them inflight, plug in type better but new Apple earphones are bluetooth with batteries. Could also have the age the device and the number of charges it had.

  • 2

    Wakarimasen

    looks awful.

  • -2

    Ron Barnes

    That,s extremely bad could have caused the plane to explode my mobile phone while i was in a chemist shop got very hot and caught on fire it was brand new bought the day before charged as instructions it worked for 3 calls then burnt a hole in my pants the chemist put it in his stainless sink and drowned it try to explain that to your phone supplier they recon you got water in it oh so dumb .

  • 0

    Jtsnose

    These types of products should have their production stopped immediately. I know lithium batteries cause a lot of heat . . . we don't buy them anymore.

  • 3

    DaDude

    How much you wanna bet it was some knock-off headphones she bought at some market in Beijing? Those markets are full of headphones disguised as Beats By Dre among others.

  • 2

    albaleo

    but they are REFUSING to release the brand name

    Whose "they", and in what sense are they refusing?

  • 1

    ShinCebu

    lets wait that victim show the whole info to facebook....

  • 2

    akoppa

    I suppose, the reason for not disclosing the gadget´s brand could be that they are not sure about brand and model. After all the device was destroyed. Nevertheless this is a recurrent risk we all are exposed.

  • 0

    toshiko

    There are battery operating toys.

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