The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 August 2007

Something beyond "vibrate"

Nokia is warning that about 46 million batteries used in their mobile devices may contain a defect which causes them to short-circuit in the charging phase, causing overheating or worse. The affected batteries are type BL-5C, manufactured by Matsushita (Panasonic) between December 2005 and August 2006.

There are many suppliers of BL-5C batteries, says Nokia, so you'll have to give them the serial number to be sure if it's one of the affected units. (I have a Nokia phone which does not use the BL-5C.) This sort of thing does not make me feel better about upcoming battery-operated cars like Chevy's Volt.

Posted at 8:00 AM to Dyssynergy


Oh now, I'm sure gasoline-powered mobile devices present their own unique set of problems as well.

Posted by: Dwight at 8:13 AM on 15 August 2007

Indeed. Did you ever try to find the dipstick on a Razr? (No, not the dipstick with a Razr. Different dynamic altogether.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:26 AM on 15 August 2007

I like my automobile flames to be rendered in spray paint, not petroleum.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 10:33 AM on 15 August 2007

Of course to be truly "green" one's phone must be powered by a free-range hamster voluntarily running on a wheel hooked up to a generator.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:02 AM on 15 August 2007

Thanks! I hadn't really paid attention, but we have that model of battery in two of our three cell phones. Luckily not manufactured in the timeframe in question, so yay. I like the way they setup that site to handle it.

Posted by: Jay at 8:17 PM on 15 August 2007