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The Bigfella
08-17-2010, 11:39 PM
I bought one of these Nokia phones a couple of weeks back....

AN Indian youth was killed when the Nokia mobile phone he was using exploded.

Manoj Singh, 24, was found dead last night with burns to his left ear, neck and shoulders in a forest near Bandha village close to the city of Kota in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, The Times of India said.
Police believe the youth was killed by an exploding mobile phone after finding pieces of the Nokia 1209 handset, a basic model released in August 2008, scattered nearby.
The youth had gone to the forest to graze his cattle about noon yesterday local time.

His body was recovered later that night.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/exploding-mobile-phone-kills-man/story-e6frfku0-1225906754958#ixzz0wvQoiv7H

Chip-skiff
08-18-2010, 12:46 AM
Probably the lithium-ion battery. They do go ka-boom in rare instances.

purri
08-18-2010, 01:35 AM
Was he phoning a porno line?

OconeePirate
08-18-2010, 12:38 PM
Was he phoning a porno line?

Acting as tech support for an American company.

Paul Pless
08-18-2010, 12:40 PM
Was he phoning a porno line?euphemistically speaking
had gone to the forest to graze his cattle

TomF
08-18-2010, 12:45 PM
Probably the lithium-ion battery. They do go ka-boom in rare instances.Horrible for the guy and his family/friends ... but oh, the possibilities for one-liners.

paladin
08-18-2010, 12:56 PM
More Chinee batteries....now they are cloning and marking their own substandard batteries and I betcha they dunno have the safety thermistors installed.

Garret
08-18-2010, 01:12 PM
euphemistically speaking


had gone to the forest to graze his cattle


AKA Gone hiking on the Appalachian Trail? :D

Not to downplay that being a nasty way to die.....

Phillip Allen
08-18-2010, 01:15 PM
didn't the Isralies assassinate someone with his own cell phone?

C. Ross
08-18-2010, 01:20 PM
A cell phone battery explosion sufficient to kill someone? I'm skeptical. We better get the Mythbusters guys on this.

willmarsh3
08-18-2010, 01:20 PM
There is something to be said for using speaker mode besides the supposed radiation threat.

paladin
08-18-2010, 01:37 PM
It dunno take much in the way of a directed concussion to kill someone....a scuba powerhead for your speargun may be set up for .357 or .44 magnum, but a blank cartridge will kill you just as dead, it's the concussion that kills , not the bullet. The explosive force of a lithium ion battery without the protective thermistor can give the concussion roughly equal to a .38 special.

Breakaway
08-18-2010, 01:44 PM
Terrible. Just speculatin'....perhaps he was shot in the head, through the phone while using it, and all is not yet revealed.

ron ll
08-18-2010, 01:45 PM
Lightning?

C. Ross
08-18-2010, 02:15 PM
The explosive force of a lithium ion battery without the protective thermistor can give the concussion roughly equal to a .38 special.

Well, crap. I'll have to keep the safety locked on my cell phone.

I'd still like to see this one on Mythbusters!

paladin
08-18-2010, 02:24 PM
It's easy...use a pressure sensor set to use with a multimeter....use a digital one with a peak hold button, it will record the highest pressure read.....set the transducer 2 inches or less from the battery. Wire a relay across the battery terminals so that you are using the normally open contacts.......make sure there is no thermistor inside......then run some wires off 20-30 feet away and short them out...the relay closes, and with nothing to stop the battery it goes poof.....then research the pressure required for various concussions and see where death may occur, and where if would be instantaneous. I had to do something like this when working on defusing underwater stuff that could go boom nearby to see how far away we had to be in case of a boo boo.

John E Hardiman
08-18-2010, 02:28 PM
A cell phone battery explosion sufficient to kill someone? I'm skeptical. We better get the Mythbusters guys on this.


It dunno take much in the way of a directed concussion to kill someone....a scuba powerhead for your speargun may be set up for .357 or .44 magnum, but a blank cartridge will kill you just as dead, it's the concussion that kills , not the bullet. The explosive force of a lithium ion battery without the protective thermistor can give the concussion roughly equal to a .38 special.

Chuck is right, just remember Freddy Prinze. FWIW, a D cell Lithium-Ion primary battery is equlivent to 1/4 stick of dynamite. I have seen the results of what happens inside a Ti pressure vessel that luckly didn't explode...but it sure as hell bent it. And if you don't get an actual explosion, then the fire and poisionus gasses have to be dealt with. See this flashlight forum (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=124776)for others experience. I myself really don't like the idea of LI batteries and I know thay are tightly controlled on USN ships for thier hazards.

TomF
08-18-2010, 02:56 PM
Don't they use cell phones to trigger IEDs? Seems to me that a good way to have an impact on the IED-triggering crowd is to rig their cell phones to explode at inopportune times, rather than the device they intend.

Come to think of it, I'm sure it's been done.

paladin
08-18-2010, 03:32 PM
almost...I can stop one from activating at about 135 meters from a shirt pocket size device.

John E Hardiman
08-18-2010, 03:49 PM
Don't they use cell phones to trigger IEDs? Seems to me that a good way to have an impact on the IED-triggering crowd is to rig their cell phones to explode at inopportune times, rather than the device they intend.

Come to think of it, I'm sure it's been done.

The people using IED learned the phone/RC trick in the 1970's from the PIRA and Libyans, and the British Army EOD used to run a multi-frequency xmiter and land line sweeps ahead of certian functions. This led to some untimely incidents and lots of finger pointing. Now as Chuck says, it is better to suppress than detonate and avoid all non-combatant casuality issues.

Phillip Allen
08-18-2010, 09:32 PM
almost...I can stop one from activating at about 135 meters from a shirt pocket size device.

I can instantly think of a way around that...

paladin
08-18-2010, 09:44 PM
O.K. Phillip...out with it...tell me how.......

Phillip Allen
08-19-2010, 09:05 AM
O.K. Phillip...out with it...tell me how.......

easy...150m of prima cord