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WEST U.S. -- Pants on fire

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by KevinJames, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. KevinJames

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    I tried to get PhoneDog to do an article (to spawn discussion) but they wouldn't touch it. I am truly curious though... Have you ever had a your phone catch fire or start smoking while in your pocket? I have had my smartphone get so hot, I had to take it out of pants pocket. There are videos on youtube showing people whose smartphones started smoking or even caught fire. So what about you? Has that ever happened to you or someone you know?

    [video=youtube;AIRXDeEzlcw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIRXDeEzlcw[/video]
     
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    I've never had a phone that got very hot. My Sirius Radio unit gets extremely hot though.
     
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    Never had a phone catch fire. But have had some phones get so hot that they started malfunctioning. It was due to my body heat and air temps when I lived in AZ. Now I use a pouch with belt clip which helps keep it cooler. :)
     
  4. KevinJames

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    Hey Budney: You make a good point and it is one I've actually warned my wife about because she carries her phone in the front pocket of her jeans. Those tight quarters prevent the heat from dissipating and I suspect it was exactly what happened to the guy in the video. I don't intend to be an alarmist. If those reading this thread feel there may be a lesson here, then yes I'd recommend the solution you proposed--use a belt clip.

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    Hi Joe! Bummer about the satellite radio device. That actually sounds like a defective unit (unless it is because it is sitting on the dashboard and it is getting hot from concentrated heat from the sun hitting the windshield). You might try making a tent from a small piece of cardboard to shield the device and see if it runs cooler. (But check the cardboard to make sure it is not displaying burn marks. Last thing you need is a fire on your windshield!)
     
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    I have never had a phone get that hot but I have had the power plug and cord get extremely warm in some receptacles while charging, and not just the phone ones.
     
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    I remember AMD laptops getting recalled for getting too hot. I think people had flames come through the keyboard. It was a while ago, probably about 10 years ago.
     
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    My work laptop, Dell Inspiron had to get a battery replacement. I believe there were certain batteries that were affected.
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    Now that you mentioned it, I remember reading about that.
     
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    My RAZR MAXX gets hot in the summer with the display turned all the way up!!!!! And the battery life takes a dive as a result... The phone was 116 degrees in my pocket!
     
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    Quin101: Yeah, pants pockets seem to concentrate the heat from the phone. At least that has been my experience.
     
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    This is completely new to me. Pant pockets concentrating the heat from phone and in turn phone on fire. Never heard about that before and never experienced it. But sure heard about cars catching fire while placed in the sun for a long time.
     
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    These phones work on magic smoke. Once you let the smoke out, they never work again.
     
  13. KevinJames

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    Hi theraven146: Perhaps my choice of words was a bit sloppy. Its not that pants pockets have some inherent trait. It is that the heat generated by the battery cannot dissipate as readily as it can when exposed to the open air. I don't know if you use your pockets to hold your phone. If you have and your phone has never felt unusually hot when you take it out, then all I can say it good for you. The video I posted is not the only time I've actually heard of this happening. I usually use a belt clip but there have been times I just stuck my phone in my pocket and it started to feel very hot. I don't claim to be a scientist--just my personal observations.
     

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