Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> Ouch! First Dell; and now Apple who recently recalled laptops. Perhaps the
> prestige of expensive vendors and submissive OEM's makes it worthwhile
> looking elsewhere.
I remember when NT 3.1 first came out. The Pentium 100 ran so hot that
it melted the socket and the motherboard. Eventually, they lowered the
CMOS voltage from 5v to 3.x volts. Newer machines are now running as
low as a few hundred millivolts.
Exploding batteries is not a new problem. Even traditional car
batteries can create explosive fumes while charging. If the cells are
too closely spaced, or there is a gap in the electrolyte, charges can
build up and trigger static sparks in bubbles of hydrogen.
That's a pretty spectacular demonstration and emphasises the importance
of returning the defective batteries. It might only be a hundred out
of a few thousand batteries, but appearantly someone wasn't paying
attention when the batteries were being fabricated and assembled.
Better to be safe than sorry.