iPhone 3GS bulging battery, how to dispose???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kbfr08, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. kbfr08 macrumors 6502

    kbfr08

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    I recently got an iPhone 3GS back from a customer, who said it wouldn't turn on... the battery was probably discharged for a month. Well, I got the phone back, plugged it in and charged it fully. It worked fine, which I thought was pretty strange.

    Fast forward a week, after it was sitting waiting for some parts (new back). I pick up the phone, and the metal trim is bulging out from the sides of the phone, the logic board inside was bulging outwards, and each screw I removed shot out.

    Well, I saw the battery, and it was HUGE, it wasn't hot, so it had happened overnight probably (which is pretty damn scary).

    I vented the battery by poking a hole in it, and I cut off the PCB, in case that was causing a short. Now I have half of a battery that I have no clue how to dispose of. Any help would be appreciated.
     

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  2. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    The local walmart or BB should have a battery recycle disposal.
     
  3. kbfr08 thread starter macrumors 6502

    kbfr08

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    Geez, I totally forgot about those drop off bins. I'll stop by best buy tomorrow to dispose of it.

    Put a new battery in it, and amazingly the board still works! I don't trust it though.
     
  4. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Crazy someone else posted about their friends battery bulging like that aswell
     
  5. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Likely they will be tossed in the dump as it cost too much to recycle batteries like this but it makes people feel good to toss them in the "Friendly Green" box. The tree huggers love them!:eek:
     
  6. Mr.Manzana macrumors newbie

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    Happened to my 3GS 32GB. Left the phone on the bookshelf for about 2-3 months without once using it, I decided might as well sell it. When I looked at the phone the glass was pushed up, the electronic/board slightly pushed up, and the black casing was bulging with tiny hairline cracks...This is not cool Apple. Recall this asap! This is a major health and safety risk!! Now my 3GS 32GB is crap...I don't trust any 3GS replacement as this might happen again. I'll take an iphone 5 though minus the whole battery exploding issue...seriously make things right Apple ASAP !



    http://www.cpsc.gov/ writing my letter now, this is not an isolated incident as you can see from the articles all over the web. Iphone 5 is about to be released and no real concern for Apple's customers in regards to this issue with 3GS. It's time Apple sees they're not above the law, write here http://www.cpsc.gov/ .



    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/178.html







    To report a
    safety problem with
    a consumer product,
    CALL US!


    1-800-638-CPSC:apple:
     
  7. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    Find a truck heading to mexico and throw it on.
     
  8. Mr.Manzana, Feb 2, 2012
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    Mr.Manzana macrumors newbie

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    deleted at apple.com

    I must have touch a nerve over at https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3586644

    they erased the following post:

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    Happened to my 3GS 32GB. Left the phone on the bookshelf for about 2-3 months without once using it, I decided might as well sell it. When I looked at the phone the glass was pushed up, the electronic/board slightly pushed up, and the black casing was bulging with tiny hairline cracks...This is not cool Apple. Recall this asap! This is a major health and safety risk!! Now my 3GS 32GB is crap...I don't trust any 3GS replacement as this might happen again. I'll take an iphone 5 though minus the whole battery exploding issue...seriously make things right ASAP !



    http://www.cpsc.gov/ writing my letter now, this is not an isolated incident as you can see from the articles all over the web. Iphone 5 is about to be released and no real concern for Apple's customers in regards to this issue with 3GS. It's time Apple sees they're not above the law, write here http://www.cpsc.gov/ .



    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/178.html
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    :apple:


    can you guys repost it at apple's forum and see if it gets deleted too smh...recall is in the air.
     
  9. Stealthipad, Feb 2, 2012
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    Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    These places likley toss them in the dump when the box is full!

    Just toss it in the garbage:rolleyes:

    Did we really need a thread to decide what to do with a crapped battery out of a 3GS?
     
  10. cynics macrumors G3

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    All batteries run the risk of doing this. Happened to the battery in my generator. Happened to the battery in my canon camera. Happen to two separate tomtom gps's I owned. Happen to the battery in my buddies truck after a 500 mile drive (swollen up cracked and leaked).

    Anyway there is always a chance of this happening.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Not at all...
     

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