quote: “As the size of the cell increases, the chance of something happening increases because you have an increased amount of material being exposed” says Dr. K.M. Abraham. “[Lithium-ion batteries] are not as forgiving as far as design and construction are concerned. If you have quality control issues, it can be very bad.”Dr. Abraham is a battery consultant and professor at Northeastern University in Boston and has been researching lithium-ion batteries since 1976.
quote: There is still an option for overcharging a single cell within one of the batteries even if the battery never hit peak charge.
quote: However, Li-ion batteries should have on-board electronics to control and measure the charging of each individual cell, to prevent just what you describe.
quote: i heard on a news site that japanese investigators say that the batteries are absolutely OK, but that the fault likely lies in somewhere else in the electrical system, possibly voltage regulation.