posted on Oct, 1 2006 @ 10:34 AM
I more see it as Frank Borman so succinctly put it, "A failure of imagination." (Re: The Apollo Fire Senate Investigation. This goes beyond the
realm of "just a bad battery batch" to that of "bad battery batches".
I'd also add that the sealing tooling for such batteries (crimp-rolled) may wear with time making for a higher potential failure rate... Q&A testing
seems to have been an afterthought... or at least not held in high enough regard to matter and as time passed it may have been buried by legal
considerations and constraints.
There are other battery manufacturers with a pedigee less than that of the perceived manufacturing quality of Sony who do make a similar cell casement
for a whole wide variety of "stuff".
As was mentioned once the battery cell(s) get hot enough they can leak and that interaction with air creates a chemical fire and an electrical fire in
Even if the cells were sealed better (to a higher pressure and to a lower pressure) wouldn't that potentially make them less likely "to go off" or
is it just a more energetic release if it was to fail?
It would seem prudent at our offices to have battery use only allowed when the machines are actively tended by a user while moving from office to
meeting rooms all other laptops that need to be "up" and unattended will run on AC only. Even that's not without some risk owing to the numbers of
fire-hazard related recalls of such adapters and cords from Dell, Sony, HP/Compaq, IBM etc...
I wonder if we'll see a massive dumping of battery stocks currently in use and in-channel at fire-sale prices followed by a squeeze on supply and
raising prices ultimately for the same defective junk with a Q&A label saying "Tested OK: Inspector 13"? Wink, wink, nod, nod, nudge, nudge,
[edit on 1-10-2006 by V Kaminski]