I've been naughty...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thewhitehart, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    I never returned my potentially exploding ibook battery, with the greedy thought of keeping the new one as a back up, and hoping the current one, which is at 94% capacity after over a year, doesn't explode.

    Has anyone else not returned their battery yet? Has anyone faced any consequences for keeping it?
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I don't know the consequences from Apple, but the consequences of a lithium fire are pretty severe. :eek:
     
  3. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    i returned my 12" powerbook battery that was affected by the recall. i don't think that there are any consequences for not returning an affected battery. but i agree with gr8tfly on the fire potential - why risk a situation that could harm you and your family just to keep an extra battery?
     
  4. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Yeh I would return it. You really could kill yourself with that thing, and that wouldn't be funny...
     
  5. thewhitehart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Arrgh! Once again my greedy plans have been foiled by moral persuasion.

    You guys are right, I'll return it. ;)
     
  6. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a

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    i didn't return mine, and so far no consiquences! it' so unlikely that it will explode so i am willing to take that risk on occasionally using it, for things like plane flights
     
  7. nitynate macrumors 6502a

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    Plane flights! Genius!

    Dont just burn your house down, kill a plane full of people while your at it.
     
  8. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    Please tell me your kidding!
     
  9. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yes keep it.

    And here's to a future in the Darwin Award Slush pile, while I hope you can win in the flaming crotch category ...

    [​IMG]
     
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    don't they take your information and charge you if you don't return it?

    a little dramatic? How many of these have caught fire... like 2?
     
  12. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    You insensitive clod! My entire family was wiped out by a plane which crashed into their house due to an exploding battery!
     
  13. xlii macrumors 68000

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    The bad karma generated by not returning the battery will follow you into your next life...
     
  14. iBorg20181 macrumors 6502

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    Well, the lesser known consequence of these faulty batteries is chronic brain injury, generally affecting the cortical centers controlling the ability to spell and use correct grammar ........

    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    iBorg
     
  15. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    there was a battery exchange program for a reason - do you really want to take the chance of this malfunctioning when you least expect it?

    I read somewhere (probably on here on this very subject) that these batteries don't display any faults until it's too late and they short or expand etc - and it happens without any warning - so over time it will probably happen at some point. As it is a known issue - is it worth that risk? Not to mention Apple have done the right thing and offered an exchange...
     
  16. shakerbaby macrumors regular

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    What a buffoon. All at the cost of not forking out a few dollars for a spare safe one. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    Oh damn!
    There goes my life strategy....
     
  18. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I haven't even checked mine. I was involved in the last recall and due to a problem with the recall website they sent me three batteries instead of one and no return postage for them.

    I rang them up, told them the problem and they said similar things had happened too other people - one girl got seven new batteries - they said they'd sort out the problem.

    That was in July 2005....

    So I currently have my old battery in a box, one of the new ones in this machine (running fine since July 2005) and two spare batteries in their postage boxes forming part of my laptop stand on my desk.

    I rang them, told them the problem and nothing has happened in over a year - if they ask for them back I'll hand them over right away but I get the feeling they really don't care so I'm hanging onto them.
     
  19. baxterbrittle macrumors regular

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    Your more likely to be killed by a Hippo than battery failure. I say hang onto it as most likely it is going to be destroyed anyway. Apple most likely not care, but if they hassle you for it, send it back.

    BTW I love the fear mongering that goes on in the US, "Batteries are exploding everywhere, those that survive the initial onslaught will have to live with horrible disfigurement and the loss of their entire family. It is estimated that 1 in 4 American will die of battery failure every month until the population is quelled."
     
  20. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Have you personally witnessed a lithium battery fire? They are no joke. Lithium batteries are used often in r/c electric aircraft, and there are MANY incidents of fire. More than one instance of house fires. Admittedly, most, are from damage or charging misuse. The recall was because some percentage had stray metal in the case, which can short the battery cell(s). It totally bypasses any safety circuitry in the battery pack. The compounds in these batteries burn furiously.

    It costs nothing, in this case, to err on the side of safety.
     
  21. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

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    First off, if you received a battery in the battery recall program where Apple sent you a new battery and you have not sent the old battery back.....you are stealing. This isn't an issue of will it blow up or not, it is an issue of, if you don't send it back you are a thief. Why do people think it is okay to keep something that isn't theirs??? Apple sent you a brand new working battery....now send the old one back.

    Whoever said they kept their battery and it works fine as a backup, especially on plane flights......you are a moron. There was a recall for a reason....I don't care if only 2 blew up or if, "it probably won't happen to you".....why even chance it. Apple isn't accepting a few million dollars in replacement batteries for fun!! It must be a real issue.

    Stupid people cause pain to normal people. Mentally, physically, and emotionally,. They should be banned from existance.
     
  22. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I haven't sent my old battery + 2 extra batteries they sent me by mistake back because despite my calling them and asking them to send me the return postage labels that were meant to come with them they still haven't done it. I'm not using the batteries, they're in their boxes sitting over there on my desk. If Apple want them all they have to do is send out return postage stamps to me like I asked them.
     
  23. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    I don't think that keeping a battery and as that one guy said, using it for plane is the right thing to do. Why in the world would you risk other peoples lives because you want to keep an old battery. Apple sent you a brand new one that has no risk of catching fire and works perfectly. Why should you keep the old one that could potentially kill someone innocent?
     
  24. thewhitehart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey... didn't you read my reply? I sent it back today!
     
  25. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    Initially I was planning on keeping it since, hey, free battery. But days and weeks passed and I still hadn't even touched the old battery so I just decided to return it.
     

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