Samsung's Battery Factory Caught On Fire Because Of Course It Did

Just when you almost forgot about what a terrible time Samsung's been having, a literal garbage fire broke out at the company's battery supplier in Tianjin, China. The cause? Discarded faulty batteries.

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Reuters reports that it was just a "minor fire", but we all know that this is a major "screw you" for the company that lost a reported $US5.3 billion ($6.9 billion) in profits due to exploding Galaxy Note7 phones. That extended nightmare, of course, was also caused by faulty batteries that were made by Samsung SDI, the aforementioned victim of the garbage fire. It's so far unclear if the discarded faulty batteries were related to the Note7 debacle. The local fire department reports that the "material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products".

Let's hope, for Samsung's sake, that those half-finished products were not the long-awaited Galaxy S8 devices. Let's also be thankful that there were no casualties reported from the garbage fire. Hasn't Samsung suffered enough?

[Reuters]

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    I know this is mostly batteries but Samsung run of bad luck is really making me think twice about any product they make.

    How can one trust their products if they can't get the simple (by comparison) components right?

      Every company that has ever used rechargeable batteries has had battery problems at some point. Toshiba, Sony, Apple, e-liquid vapourisers, even Boeing and Tesla have at some point had battery fires/explosions.

      Thinking this is a new, or specific to Samsung is naive.

      Want to avoid the issue? never buy anything with a rechargeable battery, from any manufacturer. Ever. Buy everything with a mains power cord.. and then hope its one of the ones that doesn't have electrical fire risks...

        Loads of older rechargeable batteries are perfectly fine. The problem ones are the new "cutting edge" Lithium ion ones (that end up in supposedly premium modern devices) that are made to cost and then forced to run right at the limits of what they are capable - most machines don't last long when they run at the outer edge of their performance envelope.

        Let us not also forget that Samsung washing machines, of all things, had a recent recall in NZ for - wait for it - catching fire. Problem isn't the technology itself - it's build quality.

          Loads of new rechargeables are perfectly fine also, by that same token.

          The problem is thermal runaway, and has existed since we started making electricity, and storing energy. The more power a batteries has, the more heat it produces, and the more prone it is to runaway. 'older' batteries were less prone, because they produced less power, and less heat. Lithium on a energy to mass ratio is the most powerful metal that can be used in a chemical reaction, which is why it is used, it is lighter and produces more energy then any other element, and as a result also produces more heat then any other.

          That heat when not dealt with properly causes problems, like it does in ANY energy system (Combustion engine/Nuclear/Li+/etc)

          Billions of Li+ batteries are made and used each year, and a few fail. You have more chance of winning lotto, or being struck by lightning then you do of having a battery catch fire, based on real world, observable data.

            Thermal run away in transistors is awesome. More heat, less resistance, less resistance more power, more power, more heat, more heat less res... kaboom.

          Actually that's not really true. Older rechargeable batteries were just as much of a fire risk. There's a big reason we didn't see more reports about them catching fire - there weren't as many of them in the wild, and media coverage is a lot higher these days.

          And back on topic, another report on this stated that the fire was not on "half completed devices" or in the production area of the factory. It said the fire was in discarded waste, ie: rubbish. So I wouldn't be concerned about new devices like the S8 yet.

          Last edited 09/02/17 1:29 pm

      Considering they gave full refunds and are trying to make better batteries, there should be no issues with trying them out in the future. I just want an equivalent Note 7, but no one has come to the party.

    Hi,
    Just signed up to say, what a ridiculous article headline.

      Welcome to Gizmodo! We tend to have our tongues firmly in our cheeks around here :)

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