Feeds

Toshiba laptop goes up in smoke

Sony-made battery was covered by last year's recall

The Power of One Infographic

Toshiba has no doubt left Sony feeling a little hot under the collar after announcing that yet another of the laptop battery packs made by its Japanese rival has burst into flames, nuking the notebook good and proper.

Although Toshiba kept specific details of the blaze close to its chest, the company confirmed that the incident took place last month and was caused by a short-circuit within the battery.

Such fires are thought to be caused by irregularities within lithium-ion batteries. Sony has said that - in this case - the fire was caused by microscopic metal particles getting inside the battery and causing it to short-circuit.

Toshiba added that the battery was one which should have been replaced under the swap-out scheme it embarked upon last year following a spate of fires caused by malfunctioning Sony-made batteries.

Toshiba warned customers who have not yet returned batteries included in the recall to do so pronto. The recall is a global one.

Laptop battery fires have now become a widespread talking point and multiple vendors have already been caught out by similar incidents, including Lenovo, Fujitsu and Apple.

The scale of the problem has even prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin warning passengers to take precautions while flying with a laptop or mobile phone.

Panasonic, meanwhile, has turned this fear into a sales opportunity by designing a "safe" lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which works by inserting a layer of heat-resistant insulating material to prevent fire-starting internal short-circuits.

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports
Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.