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Old Oct 16, 2003, 05:37 AM
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Mobile/Cell phones - lipo explosions.....

gtstubbs in post http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...30#post1392930 flew the idea of a politician hearing about e-flight and exloding lipo batteries and using this to gain milage by "protecting the people" and legislating lipo off the face of the earth.

Well read on below. Its already hit the media so you can expect the spin doctors will already be cooking something up.

I love the performance and flight time I get from my lipo's and would hate to be "protected" from them.

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Nokia blames fake batteries after third explosion
Reuters October 09, 2003, 14:55 BST

Nokia on Thursday pointed the finger at counterfeit batteries after another of its phones exploded and burned its user, the third such case in two months, and said that original
batteries sold with its phones were safe.

The world's largest mobile phone maker said earlier that a young Vietnamese woman was hospitalised with burns after her mobile phone apparently exploded.

The incident follows two similar accidents in the Netherlands, one last week and the other in August.

Following the latest Dutch incident, which left a 15-year-old boy in the town of Hengelo with leg burns, the country's consumer watchdog said it would probe the case.

"We don't yet have any information on what is the origin of the battery in the Vietnam case," Nokia spokesman Kari Tuutti told Reuters. "(But) there hasn't been a single case of an original battery exploding anywhere in the
world."

Nokia has cited faulty batteries from independent electronics manufacturers for similar incidents in the past. The company has said these manufacturers violated security requirements that should prevent the battery heating up after short-circuiting, for instance, after the phone is dropped.

Contraband and counterfeit mobile phone batteries are widely available in Vietnam in local markets at around $2 (£1.20) to $3 apiece, compared with $20 for a genuine product, a local Nokia spokesman said.

"The biggest issue is with counterfeit, illegal batteries," Tuutti said. "Therefore we recommend that retailers and consumers try to verify the products sold have original batteries."

Mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam despite modest incomes. There are around 1.6 million mobile phone users among the population of 80 million.
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Old Oct 16, 2003, 05:42 AM
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Ughhh! I should have stayed asleep this is old news.
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