Valleys man's e-cigarette battery 'explodes'

South Wales Argus: SINGED: The e-cigarette battery after it exploded SINGED: The e-cigarette battery after it exploded

AN EX-SMOKER from Abertillery had a fright when he plugged his e-cigarette battery into a laptop to charge and two minutes later the device exploded with a “two feet” high flame.

Matthew Starmore, 34, from Andrew’s Terrace, Llanhilleth, was with his 14-year-old nephew Tommy Clarke when the flame leapt up and burned for around seven seconds.

Mr Starmore said: “It scorched my nephew on the back of his arm and melted through the top of the Xbox, that’s how big the flame was. It blew the end of the battery casing off.

“It was like a massive space rocket launch. The heat was that intense. Of course it was an electrical fire as well, so we couldn’t do anything.”

“I’m very cautious with using my e-cigarette now. I have read on the internet they have blown up in people’s faces.”

Ordinary cigarettes “seem to be safer”, he joked.

Two days earlier he had bought the battery at Flavour Vapour in Cwmbran for £11.99.

Robert Roy, managing director of Flavour Vapour, said staff had tested a sample of the lithium ion batteries after the incident and had not found any problems with them.

He said despite having almost 20 shops around the UK there had been no other exploding batteries reported and said the problem could have been due to the battery being damaged after purchase.

He added: “If it’s found to be our fault, we will be giving Mr Starmore a full refund and any damages that have been caused we will make good on. We have got no problem at all with doing that because we want to look after every single one of our customers.”

Last week South Wales Fire and Rescue Service warned e-cigarette users not to leave them unattended when charging after they responded to two separate fires where the batteries from an e-cigarette had exploded and ignited the carpet.

The service warned users not to leave e-cigarettes unattended when charging and follow the advice on the safety leaflets provided with the products.

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8:05am Thu 27 Feb 14

Woodgnome says...

Groucho Marks made a living out of exploding cigars.
Groucho Marks made a living out of exploding cigars. Woodgnome
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10:32am Thu 27 Feb 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

“It was like a massive space rocket launch. The heat was that intense." ... I don't think so. A teensy weeny bit of an exaggeration there don't you reckon, eh!
“It was like a massive space rocket launch. The heat was that intense." ... I don't think so. A teensy weeny bit of an exaggeration there don't you reckon, eh! ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 9

8:23am Sat 1 Mar 14

nathan1234567889 says...

i have tried to blow these up for years and the closes i have got is exiting gasses produced by the battery,

no explosion even when put in salt water, excess heat even on charge with 30v dc i suspect its a benefit bum and wants a new sofa looking at the state of it ,

and on the basis an ego battery has over run protection and short circuit protection along with charging protection, i find it had to believe that this actually happened,

i suspect am very high amount of human error and also damaged caused, in the hope for some compensation
i have tried to blow these up for years and the closes i have got is exiting gasses produced by the battery, no explosion even when put in salt water, excess heat even on charge with 30v dc i suspect its a benefit bum and wants a new sofa looking at the state of it , and on the basis an ego battery has over run protection and short circuit protection along with charging protection, i find it had to believe that this actually happened, i suspect am very high amount of human error and also damaged caused, in the hope for some compensation nathan1234567889
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5:10pm Wed 5 Mar 14

NF4Jstarmore says...

nathan1234567889 wrote:
i have tried to blow these up for years and the closes i have got is exiting gasses produced by the battery,

no explosion even when put in salt water, excess heat even on charge with 30v dc i suspect its a benefit bum and wants a new sofa looking at the state of it ,

and on the basis an ego battery has over run protection and short circuit protection along with charging protection, i find it had to believe that this actually happened,

i suspect am very high amount of human error and also damaged caused, in the hope for some compensation
Obviously a lack of intellect and a very BIG Ego. Not a benefit bum. The only reason it was reported was to stop and prevent Harm to others. Airplanes with the same battery (obviously larger) are currently having to get emergency landings as there Lithium batteries are combusting.
There has been a lot of Electric cigarettes Combusting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT JUST MINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOGLE IT ! MR OPINIONATED ! OBVIOUSLY NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH YOUR TIME BUT "ASSUME" . Some of us just want to do the right thing ! Not for self gratification but to Prevent people getting hurt..
Warning over exploding batteries on planes

4 February 2014 Last updated at 00:33 GMT

From cameras to e-readers to laptops, the average passenger aircraft now carries dozens if not hundreds of electronic gadgets on board.

But there are warnings that the lithium batteries found inside them could pose a serious threat to aircraft safety.

The Civil Aviation Authority - which regulates safety - has told the BBC that they are especially concerned about cheap, copycat batteries, which are often bought online.

Even a small camera battery is powerful enough to explode and start a fire that could have disastrous consequences.

Transport correspondent Richard Westcott reports.

If overheated or overcharged, Li-ion batteries may suffer thermal runaway and cell rupture. In extreme cases this can lead to combustion.

Recalls
In October 2004 Kyocera Wireless recalled approximately 1 million mobile phone batteries to identify counterfeits.

In December 2006 Dell recalled approximately 22,000 laptop computer batteries. Approximately 10 million Sony batteries used in Dell, Sony, Apple, Lenovo, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu and Sharp laptops were recalled in 2006. The batteries were found to be susceptible to internal contamination by metal particles during manufacture. Under some circumstances, these particles could pierce the separator, causing a dangerous short-circuit.

In March 2007 computer manufacturer Lenovo recalled approximately 205,000 batteries at risk of explosion. In August 2007 mobile phone manufacturer Nokia recalled over 46 million batteries at risk of overheating and exploding. One such incident occurred in the Philippines involving a Nokia N91, which used the BL-5C battery.[152
[quote][p][bold]nathan1234567889[/bold] wrote: i have tried to blow these up for years and the closes i have got is exiting gasses produced by the battery, no explosion even when put in salt water, excess heat even on charge with 30v dc i suspect its a benefit bum and wants a new sofa looking at the state of it , and on the basis an ego battery has over run protection and short circuit protection along with charging protection, i find it had to believe that this actually happened, i suspect am very high amount of human error and also damaged caused, in the hope for some compensation[/p][/quote]Obviously a lack of intellect and a very BIG Ego. Not a benefit bum. The only reason it was reported was to stop and prevent Harm to others. Airplanes with the same battery (obviously larger) are currently having to get emergency landings as there Lithium batteries are combusting. There has been a lot of Electric cigarettes Combusting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT JUST MINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOGLE IT ! MR OPINIONATED ! OBVIOUSLY NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH YOUR TIME BUT "ASSUME" . Some of us just want to do the right thing ! Not for self gratification but to Prevent people getting hurt.. Warning over exploding batteries on planes 4 February 2014 Last updated at 00:33 GMT From cameras to e-readers to laptops, the average passenger aircraft now carries dozens if not hundreds of electronic gadgets on board. But there are warnings that the lithium batteries found inside them could pose a serious threat to aircraft safety. The Civil Aviation Authority - which regulates safety - has told the BBC that they are especially concerned about cheap, copycat batteries, which are often bought online. Even a small camera battery is powerful enough to explode and start a fire that could have disastrous consequences. Transport correspondent Richard Westcott reports. If overheated or overcharged, Li-ion batteries may suffer thermal runaway and cell rupture.[136] In extreme cases this can lead to combustion. Recalls[edit] In October 2004 Kyocera Wireless recalled approximately 1 million mobile phone batteries to identify counterfeits.[148] In December 2006 Dell recalled approximately 22,000 laptop computer batteries.[149] Approximately 10 million Sony batteries used in Dell, Sony, Apple, Lenovo, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu and Sharp laptops were recalled in 2006. The batteries were found to be susceptible to internal contamination by metal particles during manufacture. Under some circumstances, these particles could pierce the separator, causing a dangerous short-circuit.[150] In March 2007 computer manufacturer Lenovo recalled approximately 205,000 batteries at risk of explosion. In August 2007 mobile phone manufacturer Nokia recalled over 46 million batteries at risk of overheating and exploding.[151] One such incident occurred in the Philippines involving a Nokia N91, which used the BL-5C battery.[152 NF4Jstarmore
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3:24pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Ss2014 says...

Lol@the last comment regarding ego. How ironic considering the reply.
Yes what a good samaritan this man must be. I am sure he even refused any compensation as he was "just trying to help others."
Whether this e-cig exploded, you could dispute either way. What you can EASILY dispute is the claimed damaged to the xbox, sofa and some poor "innocent" bystander. These objects were presumably then on top of eachother? Oh no there I go assuming! Oops! Oh but wait, the flames were as big as a rocket taking off! There's my answer, silly me!
Lol@the last comment regarding ego. How ironic considering the reply. Yes what a good samaritan this man must be. I am sure he even refused any compensation as he was "just trying to help others." Whether this e-cig exploded, you could dispute either way. What you can EASILY dispute is the claimed damaged to the xbox, sofa and some poor "innocent" bystander. These objects were presumably then on top of eachother? Oh no there I go assuming! Oops! Oh but wait, the flames were as big as a rocket taking off! There's my answer, silly me! Ss2014
  • Score: 1

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