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Old 03-27-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Cell phone blows up....TRUTH or FICTION?

eqla3.com is a web site from Saudi Arabia, so maybe their version of electricity is different then here?

maybe using a 60hz phone on 50hz like in the UK?

I have been cleaning some of my 950+ emails and found this, has any one heard or checked this out ?

  • We usually charge our phones, most of the time during the night, but occasionally while we are driving, we will use the plug in the car charger. Will definitely unplug it in the future.

    I do this all the time . I guess I won't be doing it ANY more !




A few days ago, a person was recharging his mobile phone at home.

Just at that time a call came in and he answered it with the charging
Instrument still connected to the outlet.



After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained
and the young man was thrown to the floor with a heavy thud. As you can see,
the phone actually exploded.
His parents rushed to the room only to find him unconscious, with a weak
heartbeat and burnt fingers.



He was rushed to the nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Cell phones are a very useful modern invention.



However, we must be aware that it can also be an instrument of death.
Never use the cell phone while it is hooked to the electrical outlet! If you are charging the cell phone and a call comes in, unplug it from the charger and outlet.
FORWARD THIS TO THE PEOPLE THAT MATTER IN YOUR LIFE!!!!
Whether or not they have a cell phone. They can also inform others who do......


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Old 03-27-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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i got this email awhile back. What it doesn't tell you is that which charger was he using? Maybe the charger was only for 110AC and not the ERUO voltage and fq. like you said.
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mythbusters did this one, but I cant for the life of me remember what they said?
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Did the battery explode? I would think it would be unlikely to receive 110VAC into the phone itself. There is usually a reduction transformer that steps the voltage down to low DC voltage at the end of the charging cord that plugs into the wall? If you were going to have a problem other than the battery malfunctioning and exploding then I would think it might be at the wall where the transformer could catch fire or explode?
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quote:Originally posted by RLN 05 SLT:
mythbusters did this one, but I cant for the life of me remember what they said?
I believe what they tested was if a cell phone could cause an explosion near a gas pump. Conclusion: even with vapor concentrations WAY above what would normally be found, a cell phone, even when ringing, didn't set off an explosion. What they did find that if someone was in and out of their car (cell phone or not), the resulting static discharge was likely the cause of explosions near gas pumps.

On cold, dry days, always discharge by touching the pump before opening the gas cap.
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It could be that the wall transformer shorted internally,and the 220 volts AC (European) went up into the phone and exploded the battery. I see no correlation with the phone ringing at all,unless movement of wires initiated the short. Hard to imagine how it could have happened. The story doesn't give an exact cause of death!
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[Shifterbrains]Hard to imagine how it could have happened. The story doesn't give an exact cause of death![quote]
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Well being my usual skeptical self; I would have to currently list the 'cause of death' as stupidity. HemiFun05
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I have a tendency to not believer this one. I know anything is possible but to me the charger would have to malfunction and throw volts to the battery causing it to explode. I think/hope that there is a built in safety factor to keep that from happening.
Still....like most of you I wont be answering mine while connected to a 120 volt outlet.
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Nokia says that in each case of exploding batteries they investigated the battery was "a non-original battery (either third-party or counterfeit) which did not include industry-standard safety measures"

Link to Nokia pdf file
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