iPod nano sets light to man's pants

The iPod nano may not be cheap but it's not supposed to literally burn a hole in your pocket. However, for one man in Douglasville, Georgia, US, it didn't just burn a hole, it burst into flames.

In his little kiosk at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Danny Williams looked down to see "flames coming up to my chest". After 15 seconds of incandescent panic he quickly located the source of the conflagration: the now-smouldering iPod nano in his trouser pocket.

"I'm still kinda freaked out that after only a year and a half my iPod caught fire in my pocket," said Williams.

Fortunately for him he also had a glossy piece of card in his pocket. He believes this shielded him from the potentially catastrophic consequences of barbecued boxers.

It could have been worse. Apart from the fact that smoking is banned at airports anyway, security staff can get a bit twitchy when that smoke is emanating from the pocket of a hysterical man. "If the Transportation Security Administration had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist," Williams said.

The iPod is powered by a lithium-ion battery that packs more power density than nickel-based batteries and is perfect for keeping tiny bits of kit charged up for longer. However, it is this power density that can cause serious overheating.

The last ten years have seen numerous cases of lithium-based batteries being recalled due to overheating and, in a few cases, injury - our poor Mr Williams being the latest. Last year saw the recall of 10 million batteries used by nine major laptop manufacturers due to "internal contamination" causing the cells, in a few cases, to catch alight.

Apple, to be fair, have promised to replace Mr Williams' scorched and blackened nano with a new one free of charge. Presumably it won't be coming with instructions on how to burn music files.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

PC Advisor

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?