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    Default Headphone batteries catch fire mid-flight

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/as...ght/index.html

    A woman on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), that she was sleeping and listening to music about two hours into the flight when she heard an explosion.

    She was left with a blackened face and her hand blistered and the headphone battery and case melted to the aircraft floor.

    The ATSB did not reveal the brand or model of the headphones, but it appears to be a wireless noise cancelling headphones that uses lithium ion cells.

    I have a few noise cancelling headphones for flights, but they all use a single AA Alkaline or NiMH cell, which does not have the explosive capability of li-ion cells. I would be curious to know the model used though.

    I have also got a few smaller bluetooth headphones that I've found great for running, but they only last around 4-5 hours of use, so their rechargeable li-ion batteries are quite small. But it would be good to know what caused the failure of the headphone batteries in the above case.

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    Yeah, I would love to know what brand, maybe they were the cheap unbranded Chinese over-ear type.

    A lot a black stuff on her face.



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    Ugh. That's gonna leave a mark.

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    She`s going to need surgery to add some pixels to that eye

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    Odds are it was a great deal on eBay. edit to add that probably sucked so I feel badly for her.
    Last edited by Woods Walker; 03-15-2017 at 10:57 PM.
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    Is that soot? Like a flame vent burned the plastic? Or is that battery... innards?

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    What a nightmare!
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    I bought an over the ear headphones on ebay for £9 that has an mp3 player built-in, I asked for a specific style before i placed the order, when it arrived it was the wrong style the sell offered my an 50% discount to keep it, So i paid £4.50 for a pair of rechargeable headphones, this was 9 month ago and i have not used it once.

    Just shows how cheap they are.

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    Lithium batteries are of less cost than the other batteries, so mainly manufacturer uses only Li-ion batteries in their products
    Lithium batteries are of compact size but of large power.

    So , sometimes due to overcharging or overheating, Batteries exploded.

    There are many casses of explosion of Li-ion batteries in hoverboard.

    Use Li-ion batteriers which are UL certified.

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    Why can't we see her eye? Is there something that sensitive there? The cure for cancer etched into her cornea?
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    Yikes!!!!

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    Default Re: Headphone batteries catch fire mid-flight

    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    Why can't we see her eye? Is there something that sensitive there? The cure for cancer etched into her cornea?
    She haven't payed for advertising

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