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25 January 2018, 01:19 | Antoinette Holland
A man bit a smartphone battery as a test, and it exploded
Replacement iPhone batteries became significantly cheaper after Apple was slammed with accusations of "planned obsolescence", or intentionally designing devices to die earlier than they could in order to encourage customers to buy new models more frequently. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is decelerating older models of the iPhone with aged batteries after a big uproar over it.
The footage comes from an iPhone fix service called GeekBar, which is based in the Chinese city of Nanjing.
But the incident did trigger some amusing remarks and a lot of views.
A 10-second video had gone viral since it was uploaded to the Chinese video sharing site known as miaopai.com on January 20, garnering more than 4.5 million views so far. It's okay to do it if you're a toddler who happens to be teething or is curious about what some toy tastes like, or perhaps you're a gold miner inspecting your newfound fortune.
The website points out that lithium-ion batteries, though considered very safe, can explode if they're overcharged.
It is not immediately clear if the battery exploded because it was damaged by the man's teeth or whether it was a fake. The flames and explosion caused by this dubious experiment were immortalized by the store's CCTV cameras. According to the Battery University's safety guidelines, the heat built up inside the battery can lead to thermal runaway in which flaming gases are vented, PCMag reported. Good question, Eddie, and unfortunately we don't have an answer. Was the iPhone battery a genuine one?
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