Published on July 17th, 2013 | by Trick
Battery Melts Down in Texas Man’s Hand
Another eGo has gone Chernobyl in Texas.
Sherman, Texas resident Wes Sloan was charging his eGo from the USB port on his MacBook when it vented explosively in his hand, badly burning his fingers.
“The battery was into about a two hour charge and it exploded and shot across the room like a Roman candle.”
We’re definitely noticing a pattern in these stories of explosive batteries: nearly every one has involved an eGo-style battery being charged via either a computer’s USB port, or a car’s lighter port. It really lends some credence to the idea that a wall adapter should always be used when charging these devices. Fireproof charging bags, of course, are also an excellent safety measure.
This video from Texas station KXII includes all the details. If you’re squeamish about burns, don’t look.