Suit Filed Against Apple and Sony Regarding Battery Burn

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 07:52
Category: battery

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As much as you may like your Mac laptop, things will occasionally go wrong. A Japanese couple living in Tokyo are filing suit against Apple and Sony regarding a PowerBook G4 battery that burst into flames in April of 2006.
According to the International Herald Tribune, the couple is suing for “over” two million Yen (about US$16,700) in damages. The suit alleges that the man suffered burns to his finger while using the laptop an his wife endured mental distress due to the incident.
The battery comes from a batch of more than 10-million Sony-made notebook batteries that were recalled in 2006. Sony has stated that battery problems were caused by microscopic metal particles insider the battery that caused the unit to short circuit.
Since the recall, Sony has stated that it will improve battery design, production and inspection methods to prevent a recurrence of fires in their batteries.
If you have any thoughts about this or have seen something similar on your end, let us know over in the forums.

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Getting The Most Out of Your Laptop Battery

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 09:06
Category: battery

Anyone who has purchased an Apple laptop knows that the battery life is significant. I specifically remember getting four hours of life (full screen brightness) with my first G4 Powerbook. As time advances, the battery, processor, and electronic technology grows; and with it comes the ability to produce a portable that is more efficient and energy conservative, yet still has the performance that consumers require.

As time with your laptop advances however, the battery on your system may begin to lose its charging capabilities. What was once four hours of life, turns into three and a half, then to two and a half, and so on and so on. Throughout your system life, the greater portion of the time you will never use your laptop until the battery is empty. More or less you will use it for a little, then plug it back in, take it off, plug in again and so forth. The process of doing this can miss-calibrate the battery to the point where it will not allow maximum storage capability and lower your battery life.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Laptop Battery – Macinhack

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An Additional Reason to Exchange Your MBP Battery

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:16
Category: battery

MacMerc.com has a full story and updated picture (via way of flickr) of a MacBook Pro battery swelling far beyond any size it should have originally been.
The battery is a model A1175 that should have been exchanged when Apple began its program in response to overheating and swelling found in the MacBook Pro battery series earlier this year.
Apple states that there’s no physical danger from using the swollen batteries and it’s still safe to use the batteries until a replacement unit arrives from the company.
If you have any further information or comments about this issue, let us know.

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MiniBatteryLoger 1.4.4

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

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MiniBatteryLogger monitors your laptop’s battery. It traces the graph
of charge and amperage over time, compares your battery with other
users, logs relevant power events and alerts you with Growl
notifications.

The Battery Inspector tells you all the details about your battery:
charge, capacity (actual, maximum and original), amperage, voltage,
cycle count. It also reports the estimated times to empty and to full
charge.

MiniBatteryLoger 1.4.4

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Hitachi Recalls 16,000 Sony Batteries

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:36
Category: battery

Hitachi said on Friday it will recall 16,000 batteries made by Sony for laptop computers, joining a growing list of PC makers recalling Sony batteries.

Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.

The batteries were used mostly in laptops shipped to businesses, most of which are in Japan, he said.

Hitachi to recall 16,000 Sony-made batteries | Tech News on ZDNet

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IBM/Lenovo Recalls 500,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 14:26
Category: battery

Hooray, Lenovo has joined the battery recall party! For those of you keeping score at home, that brings the number of manufacturers to five, including Apple, Panasonic, Toshiba and Dell.

The recall, anounced today, affects nearly 170,000 batteries in the US, and over 350,000 additionally worldwide, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Engadget

UPDATE:
Affected machines sold in the United States include:
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T43, T43p, and T60
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X60 and X60s
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad R51e, R52, R60, and R60e

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External Battery for Apple MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 12:42
Category: battery

portable_power_station_lg.jpgRemember when external PowerBook battery packs were all the rage? Well Battery Geek has a new external battery that works with the MacBook Pro. I imagine that it’s hard to sell any notebook battery pack right now though…

The Portable Power Station by Battery Geek supplies an additional 6+ hours of mobile computing time for the MacBook Pro, according to the company. The PPS packs a 140 watt-hour capacity and uses Li-ion cells.

Battery Geek Introduces External Battery Support for Apple MacBook

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Virgin Lifts Apple Notebook Ban

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 23:31
Category: battery

The onboard use of Apple and Dell laptops containing batteries was banned recently by the airline, after the companies recalled of more than five million batteries because of a risk of overheating.

“Customers wishing to use an Apple or Dell laptop on board can only do so once the laptop battery serial number has been checked by a member of the Cabin Crew,” the company states on its website. “If the battery is permitted for use, the laptop may be used as normal on board, with no further restrictions.”

Spymac.com :: Virgin lifts Apple laptop flight ban

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Toshiba Recalls 830,000 Sony Notebook Batteries

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 23:47
Category: battery

Toshiba said Tuesday it would replace about 340,000 laptop computer batteries made by Sony, the latest in a string of Sony battery woes.

The batteries, used in Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops manufactured between March and May this year, could fail on the road because of problems with storing and transmitting power, Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori said.

Ohmori declined to estimate the cost of the move, saying it would not affect earnings, and would not say whether Toshiba was asking Sony to foot the bill.

Toshiba recalls 340,000 Sony laptop batteries | Tech News on ZDNet

UPDATED 2006-1004:

The actual number of batteries recalled has increased to 830,000 according to ZDNet.

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Panasonic Recalls 6,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

Matsushita, better-known by its Panasonic brand name, joined the party this week with its own recall of 6,000 notebook batteries sold in Japan. This most recent recall isn’t nearly as large as the ones that involved 4.1 million batteries sold by Dell and 1.8 million batteries sold by Apple, but it’s another example of the care and attention being paid to notebook batteries these days.

Of course, it’s not just notebook batteries that are causing problems. In June, Hewlett-Packard announced a recall of about 679,000 digital cameras that could catch fire if the cameras tried to apply a charge to a nonrechargable battery. Cell phone makers have dealt with problems from batteries for years, including several reported incidents of exploding phones. With scary footage of flaming notebooks on the evening news and the Internet, many notebook users want to know if their system could be at risk. Here’s a list of who has recalled batteries so far, and where to turn for information.

Panasonic joins notebook battery recall | CNET News.com

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