How batteries make your technology explode

An overheating battery has led to the recalling of one of the world's most anticipated phones this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

According to MyBroadband senior journalist Jan Vermeulen, a design flaw in the lithium powered batteries of the Galaxy Note 7 is what led to this development.

Any rechargeable piece of equipment that you've got nowadays uses a couple of lithium iron cells strung together in a battery. Lithium is a very volatile substance, especially when it comes into contact with air

Jan Vermeulen, senior journalist at MyBroadBand

Several airlines recently banned the Galaxy Note 7 from their planes due to the fire hazard posed by the lithium powered battery of the phone.

A little over a month after the phone was released, there were many reports from around the world of Galaxy Note 7 explosions.

This can happen to any device running on lithium iron technology, and does happen to any device

Jan Vermeulen, senior journalist at MyBroadBand

Vermeulen says that explosions happen to any device which is powered by a lithium battery.

He says explosions in lithium powered devices tend to be isolated cases, but the design flaw in the entire Galaxy Note 7 range necessitated the entire phone range to be recalled.

If you've got one high profile thing getting some attention, then all of a sudden, all the other things that no one paid any attention to start to become interesting

Jan Vermeulen, senior journalist at MyBroadBand

The explosive threat of the Galaxy Note 7 has also put under the spotlight the potential of other devices to be explosive.

Vermeulen describes to #NightTalk's Sizwe Dhlomo how batteries can make devices explode.

Listen to the conversation below:

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