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iPod Burns Through Man's Pants

iPod Burns Through Man's Pants

A man that works at a kiosk at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport got a hot surprise this week and it wasn't an unexpected cup of coffee.

Danny Williams was going about his day when he looked down and saw flames coming up from his pants' pocket to his chest. What was it you wonder? His burning iPod.

According to a local news station, Williams had an iPod Nano and a glossy piece of paper in his pocket when it caught on fire. Williams believes the paper saved his leg from being burned. He said:

"I'm still kind of freaked out that after only a year and a half my iPod caught fire in my pocket," said Williams. "If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist."

Williams has apparently sent his iPod to Apple, which has said they will replace it. No word on whether or not Apple will replace his pants.

creepupmytee creepupmytee 10 years
how can that happen, I'm so curious!
darlene darlene 10 years
how scary
tiffanyhulbert tiffanyhulbert 10 years
Just got an iPod Nano for my birthday last week....hope this doesn't happen to me!! :( Yikes!!
looseseal looseseal 10 years
Haha, of course I'm not going to really freak out and toss all my beloved gadgets. But it doesn't hurt to be more careful, I guess. It might help the machines last longer, at the very least. I'm interested in knowing what kind of freaky chemical reaction causes this, too. But since I don't know the first thing about chemistry, you're going to have to enlighten me when you find the answer, nitronat.
nitronat nitronat 10 years
i know lithium and water go BOOM! like potassium and others in their group on the periodic table.... however...I'm not sure about those specific conditions but i think it's metal pieces in solution that get moving around and sometimes heat up and catch fire or something. i'll have to look into that being the chem nerd I am...
macgirl macgirl 10 years
I really think this needs to be kept in perspective. How many iPods are out there in circulation? How many incidents have been reported? I believe there is something like 100 million of these little guys out there. 100 million and we have one guy with flaming pants.... I don't think that points to a lack of testing or a dangerous product. And as far as blaming him for doing something wrong, it was an iPod in his pocket, how is that misuse? Yes they can heat up from your body but they heat up from having cases on them too and that's also legit. I really think this is a very unfortunate fluke and I'm glad he is OK. Flaming electronics are a scary thought as they surround us in our daily life, I'm just not going to toss mine all out because there is a 1 in 100,000,000 chance one of them might catch on fire :-)
joielin joielin 10 years
This reminds me of that story I heard about the Japanese washlets that go on your toilet. Apparently they have a tendency to burst into flame. Thankfully, no one has been injured yet.
looseseal looseseal 10 years
Aithne, thanks for the tips. I do wish the reason for the flames could be reported if it was really a user error. The lack of official explanation makes me nervous. Of course when the user tells their side of the story, we don't hear about whether they did anything stupid. I've left things on and let things get too hot far more times than I can count. I think I'll try to be more careful before the odds finally catch up with me.
bunnystack bunnystack 10 years
I think the bottom line here is that technology is moving way too fast. In a society that demands instant gratification, producers aim to quickly as possible. There are bound to be errors, and plenty of them. ::thinks of the Sega Dreamcast and Sonic Adventure::
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 10 years
wow... that is crazy!! im scared :nerdgirl:
wingedkiare wingedkiare 10 years
I also wonder what sort of pants he was wearing - given that he worked at the airport, it was probably a blend with some sort of polyester (if there was indeed a uniform). That wouldn't stop his pants from catching fire if the battery got too hot - it'd act as an excellerant (or however you spell that).
macgirl macgirl 10 years
looseseal I am glad you found that it wasn't just Apples that were flaming on. It was actually due to an OEM battery manufacturer that made the batteries for them. And actually if you looked at the numbers I think your chances of winning the lottery were better than having a battery that caught on fire. Still it is just a scary thing. I've had a fire at my home and anything like this really freaks me out.
Aithne Aithne 10 years
12 Tips to Keep You AND Your Equipment From Being Fried! (Pun intended) (This works for laptops, iPods, cellular phones etc...) 1. Turn it off when you're not using it. (iPods can be put on sleep mode and locked.) 2. Don't run the batter completely dead if you can help it. 3. Don't leave it on the charger for extended periods of time once it's fully charged. 4. If the battery isn't dead when you're done using it, charge it anyway. 5. Don't close your laptop while it's on. 7. Lock your iPod or mp3 player before you put it in your pocket and don't just forget about it. You let off a lot of body heat and that heats your equipment up as well. 8. Don't get it wet. Not even a little bit. If it takes wrapping your laptop in a towel before you put it in the carrying case because you'll be walking in the rain, do it. Same with phones and iPods. DO NOT get them wet. Water also voids the warranty on most cellular products. Even dampness can activate the water damage sensor strip. 9. Don't carry receipts, newspaper clippings, notes etc.. in your pocket with your phone or mp3 player OR in the part of your bag where you keep your laptop. 10. If your phone/laptop/iPod heats up while using an AC charger, you may have poor circuitry in your home or office. Try to use USB chargers or only charge until battery is full. Extra time does not make your battery last longer. 11. Do not use your phone while it's plugged into a car charger. Same with iPods and laptops. Excessive use while plugged into cigarette lighter adapters will fry your battery like you wouldn't believe and faster than you think. 12. Leather carrying cases. For phones, iPods and other small equipment, get a leather case. Leather bags are made for lap tops. Otherwise, find a thick bag that IS NOT plastic or vinyl. The bag or case will absorb and diffuse the heat. This can keep you AND your equipment safe.
Aithne Aithne 10 years
Honestly, it's not necessarily Apple, Sony or IBM's fault that their stuff keeps going up in smoke. Yes, it's true that there are flammable materials inside Lithium Ion batteries but they couldn't put it out on the market if it wasn't safe to use. Something is being done wrong. It's what computer techs call a "PEBKAC" error. "Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair." It's true that some batteries are going to be defective but in most of these cases you'll find that the real reason isn't just that the thing spontaneously combusted but that there was something the user was actually doing wrong or was unaware of. For instance, I have an EMachines laptop. It was bought in 2004 and by Summer of 2005, the power cable AND the battery were fried to the point that the battery, after being charged overnight, would only last 30 minutes and the power cord's jack would literally burn you if you touched it. Finally, it wouldn't work at all. So, we bought a new cord and battery but after being plugged in for less than half an hour, the new jack is already being melted! After a bunch of complaining to my friends and husband, I finally realized this was happening through no error of EMachines. I was leaving my laptop plugged in all the time while I wasn't using it and leaving it on instead of shutting it down while it wasn't being used. Also, the apartment I was living in had really bad circuitry and the plugs were known to spark when you plugged things in. Between my careless use and the bad circuitry, my AC jack is permanently fried and will cost near $400 to fix and have the batter and cord replaced. iPods, laptops, cellular phones and other equipment that uses Li-Ion batteries can suffer the same abuse. I work business customer service for Sprint so I've heard of a lot of weird cases where phones get super hot or burn out. (No fire pun intended.) When I ask the customer how often they turn their phone off, they almost always tell me "never" or "rarely." There's your problem. Nine times out of ten, cases like this are user errors and nothing more. If you leave your iPod on until the battery runs down, charge it till it's full and do it all over again all the time, carry a handling cloth, fire extinguisher and don't blame Apple for any damages.
bunnystack bunnystack 10 years
glam sugar, you said, "Woah!" but I said "Woah!" when I saw your avatar! o.o;; ::blushes and turns away::
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
looseseal looseseal 10 years
Okay, so after googling "flame" with "battery", I now see that Dell, Sony and IBM also had the "battery goes up in flames" problem. Hmm... I know these companies had some battery recalls before, but not for my particular model laptop. Maybe it's because it hadn't been found to explode... yet. Apparently there is something flammable inside Lithium-Ion batteries, so "under the right conditions" (I'd really like to know what these conditions are), they can have some kind of chemical reaction that'll end with flames and explosions. *Panics* Link: Can anything tame the battery flames?
looseseal looseseal 10 years
Well, is it known for sure that it's the ipod that set his pants on fire and not because he's a "liar, liar"? Okay, joking aside, it's scary how many times I've heard about apple products going up in flames. What is with that? I've been thinking about replacing my PC with a macbook pro, but this stuff is seriously making me reconsider. I really don't want to pay a premium to get burnt (literally AND figuratively, in the case of firey, firey apple products). Link: Macbook battery fire.
cbombnewell cbombnewell 10 years
WOW...i'll remember that...
sugarthugs sugarthugs 10 years
How did it catch fire in the first place? I won't put my ipod in my pockets next time.
bunnystack bunnystack 10 years
Reading this story, I wonder if this is a problem with the model Ipod that this poor guy had that Apple isn't letting people know about; ala the Ipod Mini issue. No, it's just their batteries and electronics. They make very good equipment, but they heat up very quickly. Which is why they released a new MacBook Pro this year. They get hot very quickly. I was going to get one for college, but decided against it because of all the reviews. However, my boyfriend has one, and if you don't know, the MacBook Pros have an aluminum casing. And, as we all know, metal conducts heat. VERY well. He'll be using his laptop for an hour and if you touch the area above the keyboard, you can literally get burned. The problem with Mac, or should I say Steve Jobs, is that aesthetic quality is wonderful--humans tend to go for anything that they deem beautiful--but, I'd prefer appropriate functionality, even if it sacrifices just a little bit of aesthetic beauty.
bunnystack bunnystack 10 years
This doesn't surprise me. A friend of mine has already had THREE MacBook power cables replaces because they decided to randomly spontaneously combust. Of course, Apple has replaced them, but it's the principle of the matter. They shouldn't randomly burn in the first place.
angelcakesugar angelcakesugar 10 years
Wow his battery actually worked? I had a problem with an Ipod Mini where it got very hot to the touch and I was told this was normal. Then the battery died and this was a big problem with the Mini, leading to it being discontinued. Which Apple already knew of. Reading this story, I wonder if this is a problem with the model Ipod that this poor guy had that Apple isn't letting people know about; ala the Ipod Mini issue. But hey at least they say they're sending him a new one. Knowing Apple, its probably someone's refurbished Ipod that comes with problems of its own. (I speak from experience on this) Hopefully this guy sells the new ipod he gets from apple on ebay or something, makes his money back, and buys an mp3 player made by another company. One that won't catch fire or heat up like that.
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