There has been a rash of overheating and exploding gadgets as of late. I’m sure you remember the problems Samsung had with its Galaxy Note 7 last year.
Eventually, Samsung confirmed that the Note 7’s explosive problems came from its lithium-ion batteries. Now, there has been an exploding laptop caught on a security camera that you have to see to believe.
In the video, you see 18-year-old Devon Johnson with a friend playing a video game. Next to them on the couch is a laptop that had been plugged in for a few hours to charge. Out of nowhere, smoke starts billowing from the computer before it actually explodes and catches fire.
The laptop was destroyed and the fire burned a hole in the couch. But, the incident didn’t end there.
The teens blew the fire out and unplugged the laptop before taking it outside and placing it on a table. A few minutes later it caught fire again. Johnson had to blow out the flames again.
Just three minutes later, the computer went up in flames once more. Johnson used a fire extinguisher this time to put out the fire.
The nightmare wasn’t over yet. The laptop actually lit up for a fourth time before finally being extinguished for good.
The event was captured on the family’s security cameras. Check it out here:
The fiery laptop is a 4-year-old Dell. It uses the same type of battery that caused the Galaxy Note 7 fires, a lithium-ion.
How to prevent lithium-ion batteries from catching fire
UCLA Professor Bruce Dunn told NBC4 there are ways to help prevent a laptop’s lithium-ion battery from catching fire. Here are the steps you can take:
- Charge your gadget on a hard surface. This allows heat to dissipate.
- Do not charge your gadget on beds or couches.
- Never overcharge your laptop. Dunn suggested unplugging it just before it’s fully charged.
- Don’t leave your laptop plugged in overnight or when you’re not at home.
It’s just speculation at this point that the battery caused Johnson’s laptop to catch fire. Dell said it will coordinate with the family to retrieve the computer and investigate the cause of the blaze.
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