Exploding Laptop Video Featured on National TV

Exploding Laptop Video Featured on National TV

Nationally syndicated show America Now recently featured footage from PC Pitstop’s Exploding Laptop research video. The original Li-Ion laptop battery research that spawned this video – was conducted in 2006.

Working in cooperation with our friends at D2 Worldwide, PC Pitstop is sponsoring a new round of research on this same topic and the findings will be released soon.


America Now: Is Your Home Office a Fire Hazard?
Laptop batteries sold over the internet by unauthorized dealers are another threat.

Torres says, “What happens is a lot of these batteries are recycled. They’re overused, overcharged, they become faulty over time. If you’re charging a faulty battery, it can present a danger to that appliance because it can catch fire.”

Steve Plutte got more than he bargained for when the knock-off battery he bought over the internet caused his computer to erupt in flames.

“It’s not just a fire; it’s an explosion,” says Plutte. “I was in a state of shock. I could have been scarred. I could have lost a hand. I might have lost my sight. It was that big of an explosion. And it had sent out shrapnel from the battery compartment all over the office. Pieces of the battery that had exploded out and then landed on the floor, on my desk, or on my chair and were ignited and starting little fires.”

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2 thoughts on “Exploding Laptop Video Featured on National TV”

  1. and I go about telling folks that lithium batteries are to be treated kindly with grave respect because they can be very dangerous–and they laugh at me. I nearly had a set of small AAs explode in a trouser pocket one day–fortunately they were so hot that I pulled them out of pocket and dumped them on sand in road. People don't think about safety–they take things for granted and don't realize that not all snakes are harmless and some do a lot more than spit.

  2. Mårten Mellberg

    Thanks for the videos really interesting, also heard some people using Laptops in bed/sofa then they leave it there sometimes with a blanket on it(by accident) and it get so hot they can't touch it.

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