Samsung Phone fire in Childs bed

Samsung Phone fire in Childs bed

Samsung Phone fire in Childs bed  

Samsung Phone catches fire in a child bed!

When was the last time any of you have looked at the little user guide that comes with most of your electronics? Do you even look at the warnings that come with your electronic goods, in particular mobile hardware like phones or tablets?

Like many of the youth of today Ariel Tolfree, a 13 year old American Girl, loves to use her phone. One night she went to bed and slept, unknowingly leaving her phone under her pillow. She awoke at the smell of smoke only to fall asleep again. Later as the smell became all too noticeable, she awoke to find not just that her mobile phone had melted from the inside out, but that it was burning through her bed covers pillow and mattress.

Below is a picture of what was her Samsung Galaxy S4, which now looks like something you would recover from a house-fire.

 

Samsung Phone fire in Childs bed  

Thankfully Ariel wasn't hurt during the night, but this easily could have been a much more tragic story. 

In response Samsung said that there is a warning in their user guide which specifically states covering one of their devices with bedding or other material could restrict airflow and cause a fire. Samsung also pointed out that the battery inside the phone was not an original part, or even made by Samsung.

It is unknown if the battery had any affect on the fire starting, as this exact scenario is warned against on any phone, never-mind one with replacement hardware.

The Girls Father, Thomas Tolfree has this to say in response to Samsung;

 

"If anything, they should put a big warning on it, like a cigarette label, if that’s the case,"

 

When Samsung were told of this event, they purchased new bedding, mattress and pillow for the family and also replaced the girls, now destroyed, phone. Samsung also requested that the phone be sent to them for examination, to deduce the exact cause of the fire.

 Ariel has now learnt of the dangers of sleeping with her phone, now leaving it on her bedside table at night.

 

What can we learn from all this?

As consumers we can learn a lot from all this, firstly to look into our user manuals when we purchase a new device, particularly when it comes to warnings or potential dangers. We also need to take care and teach our children these dangers as well.

Secondly we need to consider the safely of not stock components, particularly when it comes to batteries and power supply units. The example I will use is buying a cheap no brand PSU for your PC, where you can fry perfectly good hardware or worse start a full on electrical fire. When replacing parts on phones, or even your charger, it is always best done by a manufacturer or an associated retailer. 

Remember to carefully learn any warnings that come with any of your devices, because ignoring them could have very nasty consequences.

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26-07-2014, 12:23:45

WYP
Samsung Phone with replacement battery catches fire in the bed of a 13 year old girl.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...114812142l.jpg

Read more on the Samsung Phone Fire hereQuote

26-07-2014, 12:28:58

MadShadow
Why on earth would you put a 3rd party battery in your phone? So many things could go wrong, like this. Its cool of Samsung for paying for damages, even though they probably didn't need to.Quote

26-07-2014, 12:33:07

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Why on earth would you put a 3rd party battery in your phone? So many things could go wrong, like this. Its cool of Samsung for paying for damages, even though they probably didn't need to.
Your correct, but under the circumstances it probably would have been the same even with a samsung battery. Nevertheless I stand by my words, stick to your manufacturer when it comes to batteries.

Thankfully nobody was hurt.Quote

26-07-2014, 12:37:27

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Your correct, but under the circumstances it probably would have been the same even with a samsung battery. Nevertheless I stand by my words, stick to your manufacturer when it comes to batteries.

Thankfully nobody was hurt.
Phones don't just combust due to the lack of airflow. I've left my phone under sheets, in the bottom of my bag, and more, just like many other people. I'm gonna go ahead and say it was the battery. And yes, thankfully nobody was hurt!Quote

26-07-2014, 12:57:46

Thelosouvlakia
I mean it wasn't just a low capacity battery on a normal 2G non smartphone. It was a freaking 4S which is a beast in terms of battery consumption and heat production....
On a sidenote... Nokia phones have a warning with big letters on both phone (where the battery goes) and the battery itselfQuote

26-07-2014, 13:25:23

Wraith
Did I miss something she's 13!?! Just a child! Galaxy S4... !?!?!... When I was 13 I had a house phone and a playground.Quote

26-07-2014, 14:35:46

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Did I miss something she's 13!?! Just a child! Galaxy S4... !?!?!... When I was 13 I had a house phone and a playground.
Haha, I see 8 year olds with iPhones all the time Quote

26-07-2014, 14:52:30

Wraith
Makes me laugh so much, what is so important in a 13year olds life that they require such high end hardwareQuote

26-07-2014, 15:39:48

QuietOne
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Makes me laugh so much, what is so important in a 13year olds life that they require such high end hardware
High end hardware for Facebook and Twitter.Quote

26-07-2014, 16:26:28

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuietOne View Post
High end hardware for Facebook and Twitter.
Makes you think why phones need such high end hardware in general.Quote

26-07-2014, 18:05:00

WYP
when I was that age I got my first phone, it was such an old phone that had been passed around my family for ages, had about 4 previous owners lol.

I wish I could afford an S4 right now lol.Quote

26-07-2014, 18:06:40

QuietOne
I just sold my S4Quote

26-07-2014, 18:24:16

Wraith
I got my first mobile when I was 18 which was an motorola with only a single line text display, and an aerial like a donkeys member. Quote

26-07-2014, 18:37:30

garih
lucky escape for the kid, if it was charging no wonder it was burning up, most phones get quite warm when charging, but under the pillow?? that's risky, i personally don't trust cheap Chinese batteries, but i have used them on occasion, it is about the only good thing about built in batteries, no chance of putting a crap one in,Quote

27-07-2014, 04:22:16

ander01se
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Makes me laugh so much, what is so important in a 13year olds life that they require such high end hardware
Social status!! Surely you wouldn't toss out your kid with an old brick, like a Nokia 3210 today?! :O

And yes that was sarcasm. )Quote

27-07-2014, 04:25:31

Dicehunter
A 13 year old with a Samsung S4 ? Those parents need slapping.

My little cousin asked her dad for one of these smartphones, I think it was an HTC, He laughed his ass off and just said no Quote

27-07-2014, 04:42:30

MadShadow
To be fair, its probably the younger kids who use their phones most intensively, playing games. People who are older probably play less games, so they don't need the powerfull devices.Quote

27-07-2014, 04:50:51

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
A 13 year old with a Samsung S4 ? Those parents need slapping.

My little cousin asked her dad for one of these smartphones, I think it was an HTC, He laughed his ass off and just said no
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fyar4wJ3-Y

Tbf, I did get my first cellphone when I was like 11, my dad's old Siemens C55, but that was only cause I played outside so much and my parents never knew where I was so they could call me. Not gonna lie though, most of the times I wouldn't even realize that it was going off in my pocket cause I never looked at it.

Let's face it guys; Smartphones have become status symbols. If you don't have one in high school, you're going to get laughed at. If you don't have an expensive one, you won't be popular and apparently kids think that's the most important thing nowadays.

Even though they don't need the high-end hardware at all and, as proven greatly by this article, don't even know how the phones work and how to handle them (ie don't fking charge it under a pillow when you're sleeping).Quote

27-07-2014, 04:52:28

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
To be fair, its probably the younger kids who use their phones most intensively, playing games. People who are older probably play less games, so they don't need the powerful devices.
If I ever have kids and they ask for a phone I'll buy them a basic thing, Phone and texts, Kids don't need phones like an S3 "Yes today in recess I think I'm going to check the stock levels of the DOW and NASDAQ"

Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fyar4wJ3-Y

Tbf, I did get my first cellphone when I was like 11, my dad's old Siemens C55, but that was only cause I played outside so much and my parents never new where I was so they could call me. Not gonna lie though, most of the times I wouldn't even realize that it was going off in my pocket cause I never looked at it.

Let's face it guys; Smartphones have become status symbols. If you don't have one in high school, you're going to get laughed at. If you don't have an expensive one, you won't be popular and apparently kids think that's the most important thing nowadays.

Even though they don't need the high-end hardware at all and, as proven greatly by this article, don't even know how the phones work and how to handle them (ie don't fking charge it under a pillow when you're sleeping).

Lolololol yes exactly like that

I bought myself a phone when I was 16 so I could keep in touch with parents, That is the only reason a kid should get 1, Same reason as you really.

But all this high end phone buying to be popular is pathetic, I got made fun of because I didn't have a phone in school but i just smiled and said "Awww does diddims need to compensate with a big phone because hes got a peanut ? awwwwww it's ok" Quote

27-07-2014, 04:56:40

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
If I ever have kids and they ask for a phone I'll buy them a basic thing, Phone and texts, Kids don't need phones like an S3 "Yes today in recess I think I'm going to check the stock levels of the DOW and NASDAQ"
Okay, maybe not a flag-ship phone, but tbh phone and texts is a little too basic. I think all kids of at least middle class families should have a phone with internet capabilities. Phoning and texting is becoming more and more obsolete as social networks become more popular.Quote

27-07-2014, 05:03:32

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Okay, maybe not a flag-ship phone, but tbh phone and texts is a little too basic. I think all kids of at least middle class families should have a phone with internet capabilities. Phoning and texting is becoming more and more obsolete as social networks become more popular.
Why only middle class ? BTW I hate the english/british archaic class system, Needs abolishing, anyway getting off topic.

A phone is there for exactly that, Phoning so your parents know where you are etc...A 13 year old kid does not need more than that.

Maybe once you start going to college or uni then yes but middle/high school ? Just no.Quote

27-07-2014, 05:04:22

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Okay, maybe not a flag-ship phone, but tbh phone and texts is a little too basic. I think all kids of at least middle class families should have a phone with internet capabilities. Phoning and texting is becoming more and more obsolete as social networks become more popular.
A mate of mine bought a €130 Nokia Lumia 630 with WP8.1. It's got a simple Snapdragon 400 quad core, 512MB RAM, a 5Mp camera and 3G support (Lumia 635 even does LTE). Says the user experience is butter smooth and it does everything he needs (including social media, videos and music) and that battery life is amazing compared to his old Androids. This is the happiest I've ever seen a person with a newly purchased phone, not even exaggerating. He's 21.

Why does a 14 year old girl need a €550 phone with a Snapdragon 801 and 2GB RAM again? :\Quote

27-07-2014, 05:09:34

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Why only middle class ? BTW I hate the english/british archaic class system, Needs abolishing, anyway getting off topic.

A phone is there for exactly that, Phoning so your parents know where you are etc...A 13 year old kid does not need more than that.

Maybe once you start going to college or uni then yes but middle/high school ? Just no.
The reason I said "at least middle class families" is because they can probably easily afford phones. I just didn't want to seem like a snob saying that all people should have phones, because not all people have the money. Also, I didn't really mean anything by the class system. It just seems like the best way to generalize a group of people of similar wealth.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
A mate of mine bought a €130 Nokia Lumia 630 with WP8.1. It's got a simple Snapdragon 400 quad core, 512MB RAM, a 5Mp camera and 3G support (Lumia 635 even does LTE). Says the user experience is butter smooth and it does everything he needs (including social media, videos and music) and that battery life is amazing compared to his old Androids. This is the happiest I've ever seen a person with a newly purchased phone, not even exaggerating. He's 21.

Why does a 14 year old girl need a €550 phone with a Snapdragon 801 and 2GB RAM again? :\
I agree an S4 is way overkill, but yes something like a 520 or 630 would be totally fine for someone of her age. I'm just saying that only phone and text functionality is pretty meagre.Quote

27-07-2014, 05:21:53

Feronix
Yeah I agree there. I mean, something like the phones we used to have as kids are a bit difficult to even find in actual shops these days. If you do, they either don't cost , or almost as much as a low-end smartphone (such as the Lumia 630).

I don't mind kids even being on Facebook or Twitter on their phone (unless it's during classes or something), but there are so many drawbacks. For instance, they rather sit on the couch playing addictive mobile games than actually playing with friends. By that I do not mean online games

It's like most teens can't even live without their phones anymore these days. They have to take selfies with everything and everyone and literally every move they make needs to be posted online. Even in social interactions they're too busy filming what they're doing rather than actually whitnessing it, and that just makes me feel a little sad.

Gotta admit that's not just teens though. My dad was looking to buy a Galaxy S3/S4 (can't quite remember) about a year back cause he wanted a high end phone. Now, my dad doesn't really need a high-end phone either for things such as Facebook and Whatsapp, and non-hardware-intensive games like Wordfeud, but he has a friend that always has the latest iPhone, so he wants a fast phone. Anyway, I eventually talked him into at least getting the Nexus 4 that basically had the same hardware, but for €100 less at the time.

It's happened multiple times that we're having a conversation and he just randomly pulls out his phone and starts texting. When I then ask him what I just said he replies with something that sounds vaguely like what I in fact did say, but meaning something completely different.

That's the point where I ususally just walk away. If a person is not interested enough to listen to what I'm saying to them, then I don't care enough to tell them, even though the topics were about things that he brought up and I wanted to give some helpful input.

TL;DR, Actually a lot of people buy phones that they don't need these days and smartphones are in a way ruining certain face-to-face communication scenarios.

http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz...t5mvo1_500.jpgQuote

27-07-2014, 06:04:14

Wargod56
I attest to the non-need of high end phones, I'm currently using a very secondhand HTC desire (the origional) and it works fine for most things, the only reason I would upgrade is for a larger/higher res screen and better camera, I also love phones with easily replaceble parts thet don't require you to break seal/unscrew stuff, for instance I just changed to a new (and official) battery after my current one started to stop holding charge, and it cost £20 through a shop, for years more life from a perfectly useable phone.Quote

27-07-2014, 06:23:00

Rogster
Hats off to Samsung for replacing items damaged!! A big company that cares makes a change!Quote

27-07-2014, 07:29:33

QuietOne
I got my first phone when I was 16 which I paid for myself. This was when phones started becoming mainstream. Couldn't afford a Nokia 7210 though.Quote

27-07-2014, 08:55:41

Greenback
When I was 13 phones where connected to cables and TV's didn't have remotes
I was using a Nokia 3510i up until about 2.5 years ago when it finally died Quote

27-07-2014, 09:39:01

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27-07-2014, 09:49:00

Wraith
That video only tells me one thing, they are trying to dodge responsibility. Also what's with the dad "Maybe they should have large warning labels like cigarette packets" so now we have to "Idiot proof" everything!?! I say just remove all warning labels and let nature take it's course. Seriously I'm starting to believe that we as a species are de-evolving.Quote

27-07-2014, 09:49:21

MadShadow
She's like "Its high? uhh tech?" Best reason ever for buying a flag-ship phone Quote

27-07-2014, 13:35:12

Wargod56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
That video only tells me one thing, they are trying to dodge responsibility. Also what's with the dad "Maybe they should have large warning labels like cigarette packets" so now we have to "Idiot proof" everything!?! I say just remove all warning labels and let nature take it's course. Seriously I'm starting to believe that we as a species are de-evolving.
More warning sign is stupid, people just need to be sensible, if you're gonna buy 3rd party batteries look at reviews, research etc. that way it's hard to get a duff product, this whole thing seems like a case of someone can't be bothered to research replacement batteries so buys the cheapest stuff on the market.
The same thing happens with PC mice, like the RAT 5, the price is reasonable at first glance the specs seem fine to any layman and it looks nice, but they don't research and find that less than a year after purchase their mouse craps out, outside warranty and then they realise their mistake.Quote
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