Earlier this month, a Samsung Galaxy S3 exploded inside an 18-year-old girl's pants pocket, leaving her with a pretty nasty third-degree burn on her thigh. It really happened, and the burn is real, but Samsung's not responsible. The company has concluded that the battery used in the device was not the original. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Dubendorf, Laboratory have confirmed Sammy's findings. According to them, the battery was not supplied by Samsung, nor did it come from a company authorized by them.

La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Le 4 juillet 2013. Fanny Schlatter, son telephone, Samsung, a pris feu dans sa poche de salopette. La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Le 4 juillet 2013. Fanny Schlatter, son telephone, Samsung, a pris feu dans sa poche de salopette.

La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Le 4 juillet 2013. Fanny Schlatter, son telephone, Samsung, a pris feu dans sa poche de salopette.

There are no reported incidents of foul play here. The girl didn't stick a phone in the microwave or anything like that, and her injury isn't fake. In addition to that, apparently the battery in question bore Samsung's logo, making it a convincing dupe for people who don't, you know, research smartphone batteries in their free time. Regardless, those of you who took your Galaxy S3s out of your pocket when you first found out about this incident can safely tuck them back in now.

Source: Le Matin

Via Sammy Hub

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Mo3tasm

    You know, there's an app that can do that too....

    • MasterMuffin

      Make your phone explode? :D

      • Ryan O’Neill

        If you're rooted and the app over-clocks the processors enough, then yes. At least, enough to damage the phone and possibly your skin.

        • The Phatastic PhatmanXXL

          With some kernels you can control how much power goes to the battery while charging, the power cap and thermal limit. Very dangerous, and IMHO shouldn't even be adjustable past factory settings.

          That's how you end up with a phone like the one in the article.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            how? every cell has a PCB that protects that from happening. Even my old razor comes with a PCB....i even tore it apart to prove to people that cell phones come with PCBs

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Battery research isn't hard. When in doubt, plug the model number into Google.

  • Will

    Yup, kinda figured it would be something like that.

  • Tony Sarju

    She looks like she's pushing 40, not so much 18.

    • ElfirBFG

      We all look our best after being in the hospital with third degree burns...

      • Tony Sarju

        I do.

        And lettuce be real tea here, Those photos were not taken as soon as she got out of the hospital. It takes time to get the attention of Samsung and the media.

        • ElfirBFG

          She's still wearing bandages and it happened 'earlier this month', so I'd hazard a guess that it still hurts a fair amount. I've had sunburns that have left me uncomfortable for a week; 3rd degree burns left by an exploding Li-ion battery would probably last longer than that.

          I'm all for being an asshole on the internet, but usually it is best not to be one toward an accident victim, especially one that was faultless and just found out they will receive no reparations based on a technicality.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Clearly my priority when I've been severely injured, especially when I'm looking to collect money from a suit for the injuries, is to put on lots of make-up, my prettiest clothes, and smile broadly to show how attractive I am.

          • RitishOemraw

            The better you look, the more they will pity you, the more cash you will receive from them!


    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      No, she doesn't. And why is this even a thing to bother saying here? Was her looks really the thing that mattered in this story?


      "Woman gets burned by cell phone!"

      Does woman meet your definition of hot? Then comment, "I'd hit it!"
      Is woman less than your standard for hot? Then comment on how ugly she is.

      • Tony Sarju

        My comment was too much real life for you. It's the Internet, calm down there warrior.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Your comment was too much judgmental bullshit for me.

          • Tony Sarju

            lol, you seriously need to step away from the computer for a while.


    • Tony Sarju

      Lol, you guys need to relax. Your blood is boiling over nothing.

      • ins0mn1a

        people don't like assholes. it's an evolutionary trait of human kind. deal with it.

        • Tony Sarju

          It was a joke. Calm your panties.

          • ins0mn1a

            your assumption that you are the one joking while everyone else somehow has their blood boiling doesn't seem justified.

          • The Phatastic PhatmanXXL

            Sounds like insomnia needs a nap. Just playin'

  • Luke Kallam

    It sucks about her leg, I kinda wish they were responsible, or at least found who was responsible, who's gonna pay for her medical bills?

    • Bluewall

      She's safe. In Switzerland we all have medical insurance

      • bozs13

        :) CH for life!

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      If she bought it as an "Original OEM Samsung Battery" or something like that from Amazon, that would be a good place to start. While it's likely not Amazon's fault, they should connect the dots to the person who actually sold it.

      • Hans Pedersen

        Yeah, I'm actually less interested to shop at Amazon these days. Most of the sellers there are scams, or KIRF's with "retailer names" that almost looks legit. Amazon really needs to look over their approval process.

    • Hans Pedersen

      She's not American, so she'll be fine.

  • Keyz Karanza

    Dear god, she is cute!

    • http://musingmarc.blogspot.com IDisposable

      In what way is that relevant? In fact, who cares if you think that?

      • Keyz Karanza

        I don't really give a shit who cares. I felt like saying it, and I said it. Got a problem with it? Talk to a therapist.

        • http://tinyroar.com Cats-R-Friend

          Looks like a total bitch to me

          • Keyz Karanza

            Oh, give her a break. How much would you be smiling if you had a massive burn on your leg?

    • nahbro25

      Uhh, if you say so... She has got one hell of a Resting Face.

      • Dillon Shepherd


  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Every single time. Every time a phone gets blamed on injuring someone, and the news blows up about it, eventually it's tracked to something else. Like the guy whose phone exploded, only for the investigation to find it had actually been SHOT.

    Similar to the myths of gas stations exploding from cell phones ringing. The initial suppositions by witnesses are always publicized, but when the fire department's investigation concludes it was unrelated, nobody ever hears about it.

    • mechapathy

      Expert opinions: ain't nobody got time fo dat!

    • Anon

      There's a reason why eye witness accounts are considered to be the lowest form of evidence by Dr. Tyson.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        NDT is da man. And yes, eyewitness testimony is incredibly useless.

        • The Phenom

          Any EYT can be bought for a price.

    • Jimmy Beaulieu

      Haha and yet there are signs at gas stations saying not to use cells phones while pumping anyway

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Yep. Amazing how quickly urban legend can impact policy.

        • george

          it's not urban legend.
          it's the battery that dangerous, not the cellphone.

          there's reason why batteries are not allowed in offshore oil rig.
          cellphone will be taken away when you board a helicopter going to offshore rig.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            No, it's urban legend. There is not a single confirmed case of a gas station explosion caused by a cell phone in history.

          • ltredbeard

            Didn't mythbusters cover this as well?

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            if a car with a running engine can drive in and out and nothing happens i am pretty sure a cell phone won't cause an issue unless you plan on pouring gas on the cell phone....then it might explode -_- Though that is like pulling out the cigar lighter from the car and pouring gas on it -_-

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            But what if this girl were pumping gas and her cell phone exploded like it did? I mean that's not "normal" and I use my cell phone at the pump all the time. Because I'm logging fuel miles on my fuelly app.

    • ProductFRED

      I agree. But to her defense, she should be off the hook too. The report says the battery had a convincing Samsung logo on it. So you can't really blame her for buying what she thought was a genuine OEM battery.

      • squiddy20

        Unless she got it for ~$4 when a "genuine OEM battery" is at least $20, usually more... That would have been a dead giveaway that something was amiss.

        • ProductFRED

          Not everyone is as smart as we are. inb4 stupidity is not an excuse.

        • muyuu

          Yeah but we have no idea whether that scenario you just invented happened or not.

        • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

          I've bought batteries that were sold as OEM (both Samsung & HTC) and were priced as you'd expect OEM batteries to be priced, only to find when they got to me that they were counterfeit.

          Luckily I noticed but someone who's not as observant might not have (it was a pretty good one, the only thing that gave it away was a missing water damage indicator and some very minor casting errors).

          On that note, I don't even try to buy OEM batteries for any phone that's >1 year old, way too many counterfeits out there. for a 1+ year old phone I just buy an Anker battery and be done with it.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          The original article said she bought the phone second hand.

      • Juan De La Rosa

        bought from ebay I assume.

      • zeth006

        By "off the hook," do you mean Sammy should be paying her medical costs?

        Fuck that. Let her figure that out with her health insurance company. I'm no fanboy and I'm a skeptic of corporations as much as any guy, but this just goes too far.

        • Donatom3

          I'm pretty sure that means she's off the hook of being sued by Samsung for slander.

          • zeth006

            Samsung would never sue her unless they were run by dumbfucks. She had a good faith belief that a Samsung's battery caused the explosion.

          • Donatom3

            I know, she believed it was a Samsung battery, but someone like the guy who put his in the microwave should be sued.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            I'm pretty sure that means she can't sue Samsung, not the other way around. Now if anyone gets sued, it's the seller of the fake battery and/or the manufacturer of the battery. The seller because he/she is selling a fake product (and probably knowing it) and the manufacturer because it makes a faulty product.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We've pretty much made a pact to stop covering these after the recent crop. There is way too much at stake here for damaging the brand before any kind of proof is examined, a lot of variables, and last but not least - human nature to lie in hopes of profit or fame.

      The only stories we're going to be covering from now on are the ones about official investigations, such as this one.

      • Dheeraj

        Hi, perhaps you should wait for the entire story to unfold and cover it then, so that people read the full article. You wouldn't want to miss out on those few (rare) genuine cases, right?

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        To be fair to yourselves, you guys were very clear in the original article that there was no evidence Samsung was to blame and I think a lot of people really appreciate that from AndroidPolice - you guys tend to only report on something when there's enough evidence to be convincing, or in the rare cases the rumour is big enough to report anyway, you guys are always very careful to mention the lack of evidence.

        I didn't mind your article on this at all, but man am I annoyed by the way other outlets reported this.

  • Cory Wilson

    Yeah makes sense, lots of Chinese crap on amazon, really gotta be careful buying third party batteries,and can't fault Samsung for not taking responsibility, they really aren't to blame here

    • Justin W

      There's a reason I don't buy electronics (or accessories) third party on Amazon. Always from Amazon they come.

      • John Smith

        I recently purchased a 64GB micro-SDcard from Amazon and the card is fine. So I wouldn't over-generalize. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009QZH6JS/ref=pe_385040_30332190_pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_1

        • squiddy20

          What you are talking about is not what he was talking about. For one thing, if you look directly under the name of the linked product, it says in a slightly smaller font "by SanDisk". This means that the SanDisk Micro SDXC card is sold by SanDisk, with Amazon serving as the middle man.

          This on the other hand: http://www.amazon.com/HDE-Mini-DisplayPort-Female-Adapter/dp/B002WUVAVE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1374267134&sr=8-2&keywords=mini+displayport+to+vga is obviously NOT sold by Apple (sold by "Generic") and is more likely to fail, as some of the comments detail.

          • Cory Wilson

            I buy accessories all the time off Amazon but I'm careful about it. I try not to buy generic crap and I always read reviews, not to mention if you stumble upon some generic or counterfeit stuff, you may get ridiculously long shipping times

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            not really even it if says by sandisk any company can sell through amazon...it isn't only amazon...pay attention to the sellers.

            Also that doesn't mean the product couldn't be fake either.

            its not like amazon actually verifies the products unless customers complain. Amazon has sold tons of products that were wrong and defective and it wasn't until complains that got them fixed.

          • squiddy20

            Yes, "any" company can sell through Amazon. I never said otherwise. And if you're like most people and go click the "add to cart" button from say, the page John Smith linked to, you'd be buying it from SanDisk (the seller) with Amazon serving as the middle man. That's what the "by [company]" means.

            Now, if you go to the right-most side under the "Add to Cart" section, you'd find another section that reads "More Buying Choices". This is where you get the same product, but from someone else. This is also where it's more likely to get a "fake" product, though still unlikely since Amazon is recommending the other sellers.

          • rstat1

            Actually in the case of that sandisk sd card it's actually sold by Amazon. Even says so right under the "In stock" text.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            ok that is just amazon selling it and not sandisk. Amazon just buys it from them but also note when you just click buy that is the lowest price by a featured seller and not necessarily sold by amazon itself. So if you look at it and buy a lot from amazon and pay attention. You will see if "Blue Proton" offers it for $48 you would be buying from blue proton so once again you are still wrong.

          • Freak4Dell

            The "by XXXXX" under the product name only indicates the manufacturer (which, as somebody else pointed out earlier, can be lied about until Amazon receives enough complaints to launch an investigation). There's a line further down that indicates who the seller is. If the seller is Amazon, it will say "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com". If Amazon is only acting as the fulfillment center, it will say something along the lines of "sold by XXXXX and fulfilled by Amazon.com". If it's a third party doing both the selling and the shipping, it will say something like "Ships from and sold by XXXXX".

          • Paul Corlatan

            I love the "Technical Details: of that generic adapter:

            Fun and easy to use
            Great workout accessory for your lovely device use
            This item is finely processed and skillful manufactured
            Attractive design
            Various styles and elegant shape

  • bondx99

    i didnt know sammy was in waxing business too :P

  • Jimmy Beaulieu

    It'd still nice to hear whether or not Samsung helped her out at all. Like, a new phone and any medical costs would be pennies for them. I really hope they help her out anyway.

    • Zack Davis

      I don't know the laws in her country but they'd have to be careful how much "help" they gave her. One good lawyer and their kind help could be misconstrued into admitting some kind of third-party guilt or something.

      I would hope that wouldn't happen, but sadly I've heard of much more insane legal things in the modern world.

  • Danny365

    Even if it wasn't Samsung's fault, I'd still give her a new phone if I were them.

    • http://papogp.com Diego Nei

      Yeah and a spare OEM battery. Like when that handcapped guy had his BlackBerry stolen (and then-RIM gave him a new one, understandingthat the device was the only way the guy could comunicate through).

      Wouldn't heal her leg, though. Still a good gesture.

      • Hans Pedersen

        So.... You're suggesting she's mentally handicapped? :)

        Just kidding.

        Anyhoo. I think Samsung would do us all a greater service by not giving her a freebie for her pains. Lets us know that there is a good reason we shouldn't by knock-offs at Amazon.

        • Ryan O’Neill

          Yes, because if Samsung gave her a new phone, then everyone would start lighting their legs on fire just so they can get a free phone that's the same as the one they had in the first place.

          • zeth006

            I don't think the number of people setting their legs on fire would skyrocket if Samsung played nice guy and sent her a new phone with a replacement battery. The 2nd and 3rd degree burns would cost tens of THOUSANDS of dollars in medical bills to treat.

            $400 vs $40,000+potentially permanent injuries or death--make your pick. I'll go with $400 and not eat out or buy a few months. Welcome to America, where healthcare costs are more expensive than buying a nice car.

          • duhAmerica!

            He was being sarcastic

          • http://papogp.com Diego Nei

            Zeth must have the same problem as Sheldon Cooper. :)

  • Christopher Ferguson

    She looks so ANGRY. I mean I know a phone battery set your pants on fire but SHEESH. Stop looking like you are watching your soon to be ex boyfriend having a romantic dinner with your sister.

    • Tony Sarju

      Uh oh, you done gone and pissed off all the white knights now.

    • Floss

      You do realize third degree burns hurt like hell right?

      • Christopher Ferguson

        You do realize that I was being sarcastic right?

    • The Phatastic PhatmanXXL

      She's getting her 15 minutes of fame right now, too bad she's not getting a million dollar check from Samsung.

  • Matthew Fry

    I'm a little confused. So did she buy a secondary battery from China? Or did some douche switch out the battery with a fake when she bought it?

    • Hans Pedersen

      I guess she just bough a spare in one of those shady mobile stores you see in every city, or online.

  • d

    The phone was black....

    • OMGgary

      Looks like the Pebble Blue to me.

  • sal

    She is lucky the phone was in her hand not in upper legs.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Makes me think, what did she do with her phone that it already needed a new battery after max. a year of service? I know those batteries aren't super durable, but they certainly hold out longer than one year.

    • The Phatastic PhatmanXXL

      Some batteries go bad early.

    • Cory Wilson

      I always bought extra batteries an external chargers so I could keep my phone in my pocket and not the charger. Could of been her spare. Now I got a nexus 4 so that's not an option but it charges ultra fast and battery life isn't too bad either so it's not that big of a deal

  • brkshr

    And people give me crap for always suggesting official/manufacturer batteries & chargers...

    • kpjimmy

      Crap....lol j/k

  • John Fah-q Smith

    How long does it take to notice a phone is burning up in your pocket?

    Don't give me the 3rd degree... Maybe a little less pot, drinkie, or even less meth? :)

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      I think that when the phone exploded, the heat produced made the burn almost instantly. I don't think she waited for the cellphone to burn her leg.

    • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

      I've seen a cheap battery explode before, it was a very rapid process. The heat from the explosion was intense.

  • Samsung Fanboy

    Samsung Girl lives, but the apple girl died. what a shame.

    • Chris

      doesn't matter. The battery here was NOT issued by samsung. Its the battery that caused the issue. Not the phone. So nice try kid.

  • Jens Lange

    I just hope this does not lead to more non-self-replable batteries in phones. Mabe they should implement a crypto-chip, which is recognized by the phone, like in printer cartridges. I have nothing against third party, but the battery and power supply needs to be save.

    • The Phatastic PhatmanXXL

      Apple tried that with their USB cable, it didn't take long to clone the chip and sell knockoffs online.

      • Marsg

        And now their dropping like birds from electric shocks (I know over exageration)

  • abobobilly

    Its interesting because some people here really make a good point. Who knows if its Samsung doing "Damage Control" instead of showing us facts.

    But it can be argued that so far it only happened with people so few that you can count them on your fingers -- TWO. (well thats how much i remember).

    Anyway, I think i would believe Samsung for saying the truth because some aftermarket batteries really are dangerous. I have seen some simliar incidents during my Nokia 3310 days, not so extreme .... but you get the point.

    I hope she gets recovered soon. Or maybe jump in the game and make things interesting ... by Suing Samsung for damages. (which is unlikely since Samsung's "official" investigation has already rendered it invalid)

  • Catalin M

    now I'm scared because I have an aftermarket battery D:

    • firesoul453

      aftermarket or fake? If its a direct from china fake then ya throw it away, otehrwise you'll probably be fine.

  • WHO?

    They could of at least paid for her injured leg and um.....paid for her education. Or maybe just offered her a free new phone each yr for 10yrs! Something for her pain! lol

    • firesoul453

      but they didn't do it.

      That would be like you being responible for someone spending money with your credit card

  • AlecWxForecaster

    I have 5+ swollen original S2 batteries...

  • Sidney W

    I want to state fir fact thst I received a severe Burn on the side of my body last night 8/22/13. I was on my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone while in my bed. I fell asleep at 11:30PM only to be awakened at 3:30 am with a severe burning sensation on my sidr. I hot up and noticed I was lying on my phone. The screen had a Warning Message stating the phone is inoperable due to the Battery being overheated. When I woke uo at 6:00AM to get ready fir work, I have a burn about 4"" with 8 Fluid gilled blisters. Thr largest blistrr is the size of a half dollar. I notified the US Consumer Protection Agency to file a report. I was told by the agent that they have NOT RECEIVED ONE SINGLE REPORT from any consumer regarding any Burns, Overheating or any other concrrn with the Samdung phones or Battery. IF ANYONE HAS A PROBLEM PLEASE NOTIFY THE UNITED STATES CONSUMER PROTECTION AGENCY so they can begin an investigation and recall the products!!!! Please do this, these burns and injuries are very serious and yes they are costing people their lives.

    • NonAppleholic

      Ah.... naturally you never called Samsung or they'd of have the phone tested by an independent lab to determine the cause. Like they did with this girl. If you are going to make up stories like this, you should at least be able to back it up with a link. Because merely claiming this as Samsung's fault when they have the best safety record of any actual battery maker in the World. Just like Memory..... which no other memory maker can compete with Samsung's chips moving to 11nm/14nm process now on their memory chips.

      Batteries? They at this moment inking a deal to supply Tesla with Batteries for their Electric Cars. Along with the fact they are the premier supplier of advanced battery technology with Samsung SDI! :D

      So think what you want, but I'm calling you a lying Troll and Samsung Hater straight to your face!!! ;-P

      YOU might want to learn to read too:

      "The company has concluded that the battery used in the device was not the original. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Dubendorf, Laboratory have confirmed Sammy's findings."

      So basically like always in these cases, she either got duped into buying a Chinese Knockoff spare battery or got hooked up with a grey market phone from China!

  • Froggzzz

    I have a galaxy s4, I bought it through Sam's club, original battery, etc. The phone heated up enough that it burned the skin on my upper chest, I feel asleep with the phone lying on me.

  • Angelspawn

    It's not funny I fell asleep in bed after a night out with my phone woke up when it burnt my arse. Dread to think how hot it was. From now on I'm not charging it unless I'm in the same room I have a s4 phone.