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Exploding first-gen iPod nano causes concern

updated 10:35 am EDT, Mon August 18, 2008

Exploding iPod nano

First-generation iPod nanos may have potentially serious faults, accounts suggest. One owner reports that his Nano was recently plugged into his notebook, and after about 10 minutes of charging, began to emit a sizzling sound. The Nano then exploded open, spewing sparks and smoke. The iPod was immediately unplugged and moved to a safer place, where it continued to smoke and spark. The issue has been reported to Apple's customer service, but is awaiting an official response and plan of action.

Other users have reported similar problems with first-gen Nanos. Although Apple has yet to disclose how common the flaw may be, if an iPod were to explode in the wrong situation, it could cause serious damage. An explosion overnight, for example, could result in an unchecked fire. If a player were to explode on a plane, it could cause panic among passengers worried about terrorism.








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  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    First gen?

    How common this fault might be if we hear the news about explosive iPod nano years after its introduction?

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    ho hum

    Anything with a battery can "explode" under the wrong conditions. How many millions of nanos were sold and how many have been reported as "exploding?" Although maybe there is a new market for bomb-proof iPod chargers.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    lol

    "potentially serious faults"

    Oh I love these articles. A potentially serious fault would be having tens of thousands of these things blowing up, not a few dozen. Its the Batterys and this will always be a issue with li on batteries. Happens to Cell phones, laptops, cameras and yes ipods.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    c'mon macnn...

    You want to be considered a journalist, then act like one. Journalism 101. "Other Users?" How many others? Two? Twenty? Two hundred? If you have nothing to corroborate this info, or no other sources, then anything past the one incident is either sloppy reporting or rumor-mongering. Apple has yet to disclose? Gee, you seem to have a source on others, why not disclose it here? Did you have some better reason for writing this the way you did?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    It's a fake

    The scroll wheel is not from a iPod nano 1th generation. It's a fake iPod, so he shouldn't be surprise it exploded.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hmm..

    He wouldn't have microwaved it by any chance now would he? Then tried to scam Apple into giving him a new one by dishing out his story to the press.. Not that Macnn really counts as press these days mind.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Thats is a fake...

    and not an iPod. Unbelieve iPodnn publishes something like this.



  1. das

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    It is an iPod

    Guys, it is an iPod nano (see docking connector, etc.), and that is the scroll wheel.

    But that's not the point...the point is that ALL LiIon batteries can have these faults, and there is nothing to suggest that iPod nanos are more prone to this than any other device.

    Extremely shoddy journalism and editorializing.


  1. das

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    It is an iPod

    Guys, it is an iPod nano (see docking connector, etc.), and that is the scroll wheel.

    But that's not the point...the point is that ALL LiIon batteries can have these faults, and there is nothing to suggest that iPod nanos are more prone to this than any other device.

    Extremely shoddy journalism and editorializing.


  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: fake

    I don't know, looks a lot like the scroll wheel on my iPod nano. Exactly what makes it a fake?

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