Exploding Laptop Caught On Film

If you didn’t replace your recalled laptop battery, here’s a video demonstration of what could happen. PC Pitstop forces a laptop into the same kind of chain reaction that led to various Dells and Apples catching ablaze, and initiated the largest product recall in the history of the world.

They try to test the heat using a remote thermometer (like the one mentioned in today’s Morning Deals) but the temp is so high, the instrument gives an error code. This means the temperature was over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The voice over notes that this laptop fire is an electrical, chemical, and metal fire. You need a Class D fire extinguisher to put it out. The wrong kind of extinguisher can actually cause the fire to spread. — BEN POPKEN

Previously: Backstory on battery recalls.

Actual Video of an Exploding Laptop Battery [Gizmodo] (Thanks to Ben!)


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  1. Now for some real fun, set it on top of some ammo crates and set it to music.

  2. magic8ball says:

    Hooray! Ever since the first reports of incendiary batteries, I’ve been waiting for a video like this. Consumerist, you made my day.

  3. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Geez, seeing that makes me want to go put my iBook into an asbestos lined lead case.

  4. lazyazz says:

    I guess I shouldn’t be using my laptop on my hotplate.

  5. Plasmafire says:

    Where can I buy a Class D fire extinguisher ? My local hardware stores only have Class A and B.