Dell Recalls 4.1 Million Notebook Batteries

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  1. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    Apparently Apple isn't the only one with battery problems these days, Dell is recalling 4.1 million of their Notebooks because the Lithium-Ion batteries can catch on fire. The span is starting from April 2004 and continues through last month's shipments. I personally don't really care for Dells but certainly am not one of the Dell-bashers that exist on this thread, my brother has a Dell from a few years ago that hasn't had many problems (other than being windows based but that not their fault quality wise) but that certainly isn't good... Plus it shows other people make mistakes too :)



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  2. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    That is a lot of batteries! :eek:

    Wow, you live in Moorestown?! That's so close to where I live.
     
  3. rockthecasbah thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ya, where do you live? I live on the end of Moorestown that's right by Cherry Hill's and Maple Shade's borders. :)
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Ah, Dell.......I won't even start on that computer company. :rolleyes: :D
     
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I think Sony isn't too happy since they're Dell's supplier for those batteries and have to replace them.

    It reminds me of the problem with Apple's PowerBook 5300, I believe. It was their first venture with Lithium Ion batteries and they quickly returned to NiMH batteries.
     
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    Are Dell trying to be the Toyota of the PC world??? heheh.
     
  8. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    News had some dude from the west who's truck was caught on fire by one of these this morning. Less then a yr old. Lets be honest though, Dell doesnt make its own batteries just as Apple doesnt.
     
  9. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    from the cnn.com article:

    The batteries are also used by other computer makers, including Apple Computer Inc. (Charts), which said it was looking into the issue.
     
  10. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    I wonder if Sony makes condoms......they make everything man!..Heat for Sony and Dell.




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  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, no point panning Dell or any other OEM for this... it's a battery manufacturer issue....
     
  12. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    You know apple did a recall on batteries, but no worries about them bursting in flames :D :D :D Does this have anything to do with that video that has been circulating around the web? Where these Japanese people witnessed it explode? Because I heard on the news this morning about this, saying the recall is to prevent malfunction and catching on fire :eek:
     
  13. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

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    Ha, my dad's laptop qualifies. It could "explode" according to the alert. As if it wouldn't already... :rolleyes:
     
  14. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Apple's Battery Exchange on the MacBook Pro was cited as "performance issues" not "safety issues" as Dell's are for.

    So far, so good for the MBP batteries on safety, but since Dell's recalled models date back to 2004, it's the older PowerBooks that also need to be kept an eye on. I have seen a few reports of PowerBooks having problems with fires and explosions recently too and remember the last Battery Exchange from Apple was a year ago on PowerBooks, that time citing "safety issues".

    Apple are far from clear from these problems. I'll have to go now, my MacBook pro is on fire as I type this. ;)
     
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    Wonder if this will effect Sony notebooks. IT is setting up my new SZ as we speak.
     
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    it happens....
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  17. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    That doesn't look like it came from the battery.
    And as far as Sony goes, I'm pretty sure they don't make Apple's batteries (anymore anyway, I think they made the one for the 5300). I wonder hpw many batteries Apple has recalled going back to April '04. I doubt it's anywhere near this many total, or percentage of shipped units.
     
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    Ouch! :eek:

    That would suck if that happened to my MacBook Pro. :eek:
     
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    Yeah, work was fun this week, running around trying to recover these batteries. Luckily only 6 or 7 of our laptops were affected.
     
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    6 or 7 out of how many? 8? ;) :D
     

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