Samsung Galaxy S4 set ablaze by counterfeit battery

Tags: Samsung, Android

13-year old Ariel Tolfree from Texas found herself rudely awoken in the middle of the night by the smell of her burning phone kept under her pillow.

The phone, a white Samsung Galaxy S4, was burnt to a crisp after the battery inside decided it had enough and set itself on fire, burning a hole even in the pillow but fortunately, not harming Tolfree, who was woken up by the smell.

But before fingers are pointed at Samsung for poor quality of its products, it must be noted that the battery inside was a replacement counterfeit unit and not an original Samsung juice pack. It's not uncommon to hear replacement batteries from shady sources setting themselves on fire, which does not sound like a lot of fun, especially when you consider how we tend to keep our phones close to us.

Samsung will be investigating further the cause of the fire and has even offered to replace the phone, the bedding, the mattress, and the pillow.





Samsung Galaxy S4 set ablaze by counterfeit battery - reader comments

  • Maca

Its better to change from plastic case to metal case for heat absorber.

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  • 2014-07-31 02:37
  • 7X9u
  • AndroidLover

It's good to know that, you use a replacement battery and then blame the manufacturer and get paid. It happens only in US and to my surprise I can read some comments where people are saying that its samsung's fault.I am sure if it happened to iPhone ...

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  • 2014-07-29 13:16
  • nuFS
  • to gsmarena

That battery is a counterfeit only if it had a logo identical or similar to Samsung. If it didn't have any logo like Samsung has then it's not considered counterfeit because it's not trying to immigrate the original product. It would just simply be a...

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  • 2014-07-28 19:36
  • LaTA