iPhone -- Burning hot?!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Anamorph74, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Anamorph74 macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2009
    Hey guys,
    Okay, the other night I plugged my iPhone into the charger (even though it was almost completely charged) because I didn't want to fall asleep listening to the iPod, I set the timer for 30 minutes and then to sleep. I woke up about 4 hours later feeling an intense heat and a blinking red light... and looked over on my nightstand and saw my iPhone, still on the charger, and saw that it had the low battery sign on the screen... the power wasn't off and the charger was still plugged into the wall. I went to grab the iPhone and I touched the screen and it was extremly hot... hot enough that if I held onto it for more than 5 seconds it would have burned me. I unplugged it really quickly and threw it on the floor. It immediately turned black and sat there for the rest of the night. I woke up at 6 in the morning and plugged it back into the wall. I took a 15 minute shower and I looked at it and it was completely fine... Not running hot or anything... I took it with me to work and I used frequently untill noon when I noticed that it was dead. I knew that a 5 hour life span was very short. Then a couple of days later, my volume button fell off. I called Apple to see what I had to do to get that fixed and they said that I had to send it in. They also asked if anything else was wrong. I told them about the battery, and they told me to hold on while they started recording and I had to state my case. I thought that kind of odd, but at the end they looked at my out-of-date warranty and are going to send me a brand-new one for free anyway because I could've been hurt. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if I should trust the iPhone looking at what has happened the last week... :eek: (3G off; Push on (15 minutes); running on EDGE and Wi-Fi) Thanks anyone that can help.
  2. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2009
    South Tampa
    wow. that's very startling. I guess the moral of the story is to not fall asleep listening to the iPod. I've never had anything that bad happen, but if I stay on my phone for a while without putting it in sleep mode, the screen will get warm, but not burning hot. glad you're getting a new phone and aren't hurt
  3. serialtoon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2009
    Long Beach
    Yea, you know what, dont even USE the ipod feature....cause its going to melt your phone. Seriously, call up Apple and see if they can help you out. I dont think i wanna hear of more peoples houses catching on fire due to falty chargers.
  4. doteyes9 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2007
    I have had this happen many times to me. I finally figured why this was happening the other day too. It turns out that I had been too tired and lazy to pay attention when plugging in my iphone and I ended up only plugging it in half way (One side inserted fully and the other corner hanging out). This causes some weird malfunction in the charging circuitry and everything heats up and drains the battery.
  5. Medium Skil macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2009
    Wow, that's a first. Apple will surely help as you have told us. What's weird is the whole getting over heated thing. I wonder if that was a software bug or more likely a hardware bug. I'm more inclined to the latter.
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I wonder if you could have cooked an egg on it? Jokes aside, Apple seems to be willing to help. Also, I pin point the problem to be a software thing.
  7. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    It's never a good idea to continuously use the iPhone and charge at the same time because it puts an extreme load on the battery with resulting overheating, just as you describe.
  8. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008

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