iPhone 6 Plus ‘explodes’ while charging overnight in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong based iPhone 6 Plus user was woken up in the morning by the sound of her iPhone exploding. The owner of the device left her iPhone 6 Plus on charge overnight, which burst into flames after around 8 hours with a “huge bang”.

EJI Insight reports that the owner of the device “plugged the charger to the unit at about 1 a.m. on Saturday and left it on the desk next to her bed. At around 8 a.m., she was awakened by a huge bang and saw the handset on fire.”

Exploding iPhone

Tsang, the owner of the exploding iPhone 6 Plus, said that she was “shocked at the explosion.” The user didn’t suffer any injuries during the incident and she put out the fire using a pillow. She intends to seek compensation from Apple for her damaged/dead device and insists that she was using the Apple branded genuine accessories with her 128GB iPhone 6 Plus.

Tsang reportedly was not using the original iPhone 6 Plus charger with 1amps output, but rather an original Apple charger made for iPad with 2.1amps output was being used to charge the device. It’s perfectly fine to use an iPad charger with iPhone, as Apple advertises iPhone and iPad compatibility with all the Apple charger it sells through its online store.

EJI Insight reports that iPhone explosion may have been caused by overcharging or a short circuit, says Lo Kok-kung of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The “auto power cut-off feature of the handset for charging could have been out of order, hence the battery was overcharged and exploded due to excessive heat.”

This is not the first time we heard of an iPhone exploding incident. In fact, we’ve already seen a number of cases over the years where iPhones exploded not just by charging. In a recent incident, an iPhone owned by an Indian user exploded while the owner was driving and had to throw the device out of the window.

[via Cult of Mac]

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