While there is a lot of research being done on battery technology to make them safer and longer lasting, for the most part, our mobile devices continue to use lithium-ion as its battery. While lithium-ion batteries are generally safe, they do have the tendency to explode if not treated properly, such as taking hard hits or using unofficial accessories to charge it with.
Save for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 incidents, exploding smartphones don’t happen too often, but they do pop up from time to time. Such as in this case of a man from Texas who alleged that his iPhone 6’s battery exploded. The man, Robert Franklin, has since filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly selling defective batteries and violating warranty promises and is seeking to turn it into a class action lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, “Robert Franklin was listening to music on his iPhone 6, when he noticed the music playing on his iPhone began to skip. As he picked up his iPhone to investigate, [it] suddenly exploded and caught fire in his face.” The lawsuit also claims that Franklin suffered injuries to his eye and to his wrist, which he injured when he fell after the phone caught on fire and he used his hand to brace himself.
Franklin reportedly bought the phone back in 2018 which is actually three years after the iPhone 6 had originally gone on sale. It is unclear what condition the phone was in at that time as it was not stated if the phone was bought brand new or used.