PSP Catches Fire, Burns Hole in Child's Pocket
February 6, 2008 11:56 PM
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A burnt PSP shell shows the damage from the exploding battery.
Minor injuries sustained in lithium fire
Rather than let Apple corner the "
flaming personal entertainment device
" market, a Sony PlayStation Portable has caught fire while in the pocket of a middle-school student in Michigan.
According to the report from Warner Middle School
, the fire occurred at approximately 9:00 AM this morning, when the battery of the PSP apparently overheated and exploded, causing a lithium fire. The fire burned a hole in the student's pants and caused minor burns to his leg.
The school was placed on lockdown in order to allow emergency personnel to enter the building and administer first aid, and the child was taken to a local hospital for further treatment. Police are undergoing an official investigation -- it is not known at this time if the PSP was on when the explosion occurred.
While lithium battery fires have been big news of late,
including new restrictions on air travel on January 1st
, the major suspects have been laptop computers, due to the larger-capacity cells used -- but the probability of a portable game system to be carried by a child may cause some parents to consider extra precautions.
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2/7/2008 2:48:22 PM
They're six and one half a dozen of each other. Li-ion cells are paced into normal cans while LiPos are flat packs. The term Li-ion is frequently misused to identify both types. The PSP uses LiPos as far as I know. The packs are too small and light for cans.
Unfortunately, fire is a potential risk with all lithium based batteries. Lithium reacts violently in the presence of oxygen so it they burst, they burn. Nine times out of 10, the battery being abused, punctured, or charged improperly causes these fires. I use them a lot with RC planes. You don't need to fear them but you do need to be a little more careful.
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