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2014-04-08 15_45_06-Samsung Galaxy S5 Hammer Smash Test = Battery Explosion - YouTube

I don't know about you, but I always carry hammers in my pockets. So, clearly it's important I know how a smartphone will stand up to a hammer. Enter TechRax, who took it upon himself to do a hammer test on the Galaxy S5. The lesson we can all learn from this: don't hit high-density lithium-ion batteries with hammers. Just watch the very end... trust me.

Ignoring for a moment that this is a completely unnecessary test, batteries are seriously dangerous when damaged. Lithium-ion cells aren't used in mobile devices because they are the safest technology we have, they're the most efficient. These batteries contain a pressurized flammable electrolyte which you do not want to breathe or release explosively... you know, by hitting the battery with a hammer or something. This could have been much worse than it was.

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So just remember: batteries contain a lot of energy, and you should not come at them with a hammer. Ever. Feel free to chuckle at this guy, though. He seems to have survived.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Mr E

    "get some febreeze or something!" ... yep, that should fix it

    • atlouiedog

      In his defense, that's the reasoning of a man who just inhaled gasses from a battery.

      • Jays2Kings

        Also in his defense, he thinks taking a hammer to a phone is scientific research.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Man, I've been doing scientific research on walls for years now apparently.

          • Michael J Carroll

            You're not doing it right unless you're dick gets stuck in something at some point.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            What, like in a ceiling fan?

          • Michael J Carroll

            Sometimes, if necessary, a blender.

          • abobobilly

            Men have been doing this scientific research on women from quite some time.

        • Nick

          Your comment actual made me laugh out loud. lol

    • Fin Guz

      Perhaps if he drank the febreeze we may see an improvement? ;)

  • Cory S

    I still can't decide if this is a hoax or not.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It pretty clearly isn't. Lithium ion batteries are fairly volatile.

      • Cory S

        Let me put it this way...if the battery didn't take off like a hole poked in a balloon...would it be on your site and countless others right now in the process of going viral?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          This isn't their most popular video by any stretch of the imagination, sadly.

    • tim242

      It's not. You must not be familiar with this dude. He also boils phones, as well as bakes them in cakes.

  • Grahaman27

    and he will claim he would have died had it been a gas powered phone and that the lithium battery saved his life. Subsequently, Samsung stock will skyrocket upon the news.

    #tesla

  • http://www.scottcolbert.com ScottColbert

    Early frontrunner for the Darwin Award.

    • Amit Tiwari

      Lolz right.

  • Austin Akens

    My heart broke when I dropped my old Droid RAZR Maxx, and cracked the screen. I finally saved enough to get an HD RAZR Maxx. And this guy just buys an S5 and smashes it like it wasn't anything. He totally deserves this. He used himself just like that hammer, a tool.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    There are few things quite so upsetting to me as drop tests (what a wasteful / utterly useless 'test'), but these idiots take it to the next level. At least a drop-tested phone can get a new screen and be sold or given away, but these guys literally are trying to make money by destroying phones. There's no purpose to it, there is no value, there is no useful knowledge gained, and they're not even entertaining (unless something unintentionally goes wrong, like this one).

    The day this "HAHA LOOK HOW YOU CAN DESTROY A PHONE LOLOL" bullshit goes out of style can't come soon enough.

    Also, don't check out their channel if you have a heart condition, the sheer rage might kill you.

    • Cory S

      I'd much rather know if it will blend.

      • Michael J Carroll

        I see a blender all the time on TV. Knowing if it could blend or not may save me the day I meet a blender.

        • IronBlood

          Id like to see a BlendTec Blender try and blend a BlendTec Blender

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Yo dawg I herd u like blenders....

          • firesoul453

            This guy is a genius

    • tim242

      I don't know, the baked iPhone in a cake was rather heartwarming. Haha

    • TylerChappell

      Their video has over 205k views. Pretty sure that S5 will be paid for in no time.

      • me

        He needs alot more to pay itself... YT money isn't as good as it was years ago.

      • flosserelli

        But those views won't buy back the life expectancy he lost after inhaling those fumes.

    • Jason Casas

      True true..but being an ex nexus 4 vet i personally felt a bit empty inside when i realized it wasn't me holding the hammer as is finally penetrated the screen

    • Dean Politis

      I know I accidentally hammer my phone all the time. This is important to know.

      • Pika

        Yep, can't agree more :)

      • Febreeze Please

        And you just never know when you might need to take a picture with your iPhone 5S while diving in liquid nitrogen, or set your Xbox One on fire in order to get past that tough end of level boss!

        • Dean Politis

          These are all valid issue!

    • No Fixing That

      As Ron White said, "you can't fix stupid".
      I used to think that guy from Youtube using a Barrett Light Fifty to blast holes in phones was a stupid as it could get. Seems I was wrong. At least the guy with the .50 caliber was a safe distance from the battery gas. Febreze guy is the new king.

      • Steve Freeman

        Incorrect, you CAN fix stupid. However, it's a permanent fix, and you'll end up in jail if caught.

        • Ron White

          Haha. Well I suppose you could get around the legal implications by doing it in Switzerland and claiming it as euthanasia. They are pretty good at fixing stuff many things over there.

          Another possibly even better approach would be to put Barrett Light guy's Samsung on a table, and while he's lining up his weapon for the shot bring Febreeze guy to the same table with his hammer/blowtorch/breadknife/scissors/liquid nitrogen or whatever he wants to use..
          The shot should blow right through the phone taking out Febreeze guy as well in the process. Now all you need to do is convince Barrett Light guy's that he must go to Switzerland to escape the law...

    • Aravind J Nampoothiry

      I think there's a little purpose in some other videos by him,some like dipping xperia Z1 in beer and playing some games.Putting a iPhone in a boiling water etc etc. So isn't it nice to know that we can play flappy bird drunk as hell sitting in a bar,and we can still use our iShit for some time while a crazy pshyco dumps us in a boiling pool.

    • DarkStarr

      >.> I could have USED that device. I wouldn't have destroyed it either.

    • Rami Abdelmajid

      If you think that stupid look up the lunatic on YouTube who microwaves brand new electronics and sells them on eBay for thousands......and people actually buy his crap!!

    • naturalblue

      i was thinking the same thing. completely wasteful and no knowledge gained at all from this test, except the fact that this guy is an absolute idiot.

    • black

      Get over yourself. This isn't different than any other attention seeking show that's out there, be it on tv or youtube. The fact is, I had a good laugh, and I'm sure others did as well.

    • abobobilly

      Well there are some sadistic baskurds who like to inflict pain on these devices and may (or may not) have orgasms seeing them getting 'hammered'.

      I think the sole reason is they do these tests is because people watch it anyway and they may be making enough money out of YouTube to get dozens more S5s like it ... Maybe.

    • Plazmic Flame

      I agree so much. I absolutely hate the "drop test" videos. They really are stupid and it really is a waste of a smartphone.

    • helly

      you must be mad that you can't afford to waste money and do stupid shit like they can

  • Wynnded

    LOL, that thing swelled up like a mayo packet in the sun.

    • j7981

      Do mayo packets do that?

  • Arthur Dent

    What a fucking idiot. Complete moron.

  • Ygor Vaz
    • Man you stink

      Hahahhahahaah i suffee severe depression and think i just had my depression kicked

    • supremekizzle

      Even though I say it all the time, I don't literally "lol" often....I did today...

  • TylerChappell

    Well this video is no surprise, everybody knows Samsung's batteries always overheat or explode! =]

  • Mathias Kenting

    I can't decide what's more stupid, this or drop test.

    • Jays2Kings

      Honestly a drop test can make sense in some cases, when it's like drop from waist or chest height. It's a good way to decide what phone is good for your slippery hands. Of course all of that could be avoided with a case but whatever. Now dropping it off a fucking building, what does that even accomplish?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        A drop test has almost no value, either. If you want to know how drop resistant a phone is, generally speaking, you'd have to drop dozens, if not hundreds, of individual phones before you developed a data set significant enough to actually provide consumers reasonably accurate information. Even then, accounting for all the variables in a phone-drop scenario is daunting.

        What if it hits asphalt versus cement? Linoleum? Hardwood? Marble? What if it lands on the bottom right, bottom left, top right, or top left edge? Face down? Face up? Height of drop? Rotational speed? There are so many controls you'd need to work out that a consistently repeatable experiment would have to be on the order of complexity of car crash testing. Tons of sensors, high-speed cameras from multiple angles. Even then, who's to say what the results would even really mean.

        Tl;dr drop tests are still really fucking stupid.

        • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

          i totally agree with you on this, for a drop test to be accurate it has to account for all the variables you mentioned.

        • MeanDroid

          Chaos theory!!!

        • MeCampbell30

          "If you want to know how drop resistant a phone is, generally speaking, you'd have to drop dozens, if not hundreds, of individual phones before you developed a data set significant enough to actually provide consumers reasonably accurate information."

          Why do you think I go to youtube? To watch dozens of people waste money and generally do dumb things for my entertainment. Call me Joffrey.

  • primalxconvoy

    I've never understood why multiple posters want to destroy things like this and/or show them on YouTube. For me, it's like watching videos of food being just thrown into a bin; a waste.

    Anyway, the YouTube link didn't work in the embedded video, so here is the link:

    - Samsung Galaxy S5 Hammer Smash Test = Battery Explosion
    http://youtu.be/fkP-b1ADvbk

    • Aooga

      Because people watch it. I bet this guy has gotten at least a 100k more views with all this publicity.

  • Faisal Hussain

    Aside from the obvious "he dumb" comment, I noticed his Google Search Bar widget had hotword detection. I thought that feature was limited to the Google Now launcher, but he's clearly using stock TouchWiz.

    What's up with that?

    • Aooga

      Yeah people talked about this when it first launched as well. I guess we have to wait till "normal" people can get their hands on one.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's on the S5, has been since they demoed it at MWC. Oddly, the One M8 does not have it.

      • Walkop

        That looks like the Google Search widget to me.

        Part of the PDK, perhaps?

      • Walkop

        That looks like the Google Search widget to me.

        Part of the PDK, perhaps?

    • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

      The launcher is Google Now Launcher based.

    • abobobilly

      Something to do with that deal Sammy made with Google a while back. Maybe.

  • hyperbolic

    Actually, if you go to 3:44 you will see that right before he smashes the back, the back cover starts to swell. meaning smashing the glass made that and not smashing the battery directly.

    • tim242

      Smashing the glass didn't cause it. Smashing the hammer in the device caused it.

    • MyLeftNut

      This would have been so much worse if the battery was sealed in and it swelled to critical like that. His whole phone would have exploded instead of just the small fumes he inhaled from the battery falling out like that. He actually got off lucky, considering.

  • Badouken

    This made me laugh way harder than it should have! But ya what everyone else is saying... What a waste....

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    I think the last sentence of this article should be clearly highlighted... just in case there are some other idiots among us who would be willing to try such a ridiculous test in future.

    Just sayin!

  • Man you stink

    Wow fabrize... Dam aint laughed that hard in ages.... Michele get some fabrize.. Lol

  • USSENTERNCC1701E

    Ah, goddamnit, moral delima: I want to see this idiot get what's coming, I don't want to support him by watching the video.

    • Doakie

      I had the same argument in my head then decided I wanted to view him suffer. Totally worth it. Galaxy S 5 Revenge!

    • Doakie

      I had the same argument in my head then decided I wanted to view him suffer. Totally worth it. Galaxy S 5 Revenge!

    • Panda

      Just use adblock on his video, he won't get any money then

  • Andrew Vrba

    Lol! Thank God for dumbshits!

  • Andrew Vrba

    Lol! Thank God for dumbshits!

  • Nick

    Just gonna get a little bit of cancer Stan

  • kpjimmy

    Samsung GS5 KAMAKAZIE lol

  • 01NB

    Great. This fuckwad lives very close to me. Wonderful.

  • xbukowskyx

    new feature of gs5.....blast mode!!

    • Heather Van Wilde

      Built in mace canister

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Whoa dangerous

  • Dave Wong

    Nice Pokemon reference!

  • Kevin N

    What an ass!

  • Nexus010

    What an idiot, I think these kind of acts of destruction against new tech are pointless.

  • garyniger69

    S-Bomb

    • RarestName

      Ass bomb

  • MrWisdom

    No offence but stupid americans wilk be always stupid. I hope next time some piece of glass from The display will fly into his eye and he never will see how stupid he is.

    • PiLoT

      generalising all americans as stupid is stupid humanity is stupid equally

      • WestFiasco

        Stupid americans and americans are stupid are not the same. Unless he edited it after your post i don't see a thing wrong with what he said.

        • MyLeftNut

          Ah, maybe a simple "stupid people" would have sufficed. Stupid American aren't any more special than stupid people elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, it's one of those standard internet insults that's not going anywhere. Our stupid people just happen to have more of the limelight than people from other countries.

        • PiLoT

          yeah it is. its a generalization

    • hp420

      Fuck you.

  • yeshu

    Wow. check out their videos of iphone 5s in liquid nitrogen and burning an xbox one

    • dude

      No.

    • Roh_Mish

      NO

  • deltatux

    This idiot deserved it

  • Owen Finn

    His mom is going to be so angry with him for messing up their basement.

  • dude

    I don't like giving additional views and ads revenue for people like this.

  • fed

    My head hurts from all the facepalming..... what a retard.

  • MrNinjaPanda

    STOP... HAMMER TIME !!!

  • hp420

    "Michael"
    "What?"
    ....cough....cough.....
    "Get some Febreeze or something"

    LMFAO!!! what a moron lol

  • Ricci
  • Samyak Ranjan

    Aahhahahahha.
    Serves him right anyway. I can't bear to look flagships, or in fact any kind of device going through such torture.

    • Roh_Mish

      Made my cry.... And angry!

  • SmithCommaJohn

    That poor knife!

  • Stanley Chan

    What have these batteries inside? A liquid or a gas? Thats why they get so hot...

  • DD0011

    Quick! Somebody send him some Febreze! He's clearly not sniffing enough of it.

  • valapsp

    "Lithium-ion cells ARE used in mobile devices because they are the safest technology we have."
    Right?

    • Scott Kaforey

      What? No

      • valapsp

        what? lithium ion is inside gs5.

    • Roh_Mish

      NO

    • firesoul453

      I'd totally buy a nuclear powered phone.

  • RH

    Sort of wish it had EXPLODED on him, to remove another useless lDIOT from the gene pool!

  • nonono

    Idiots, they can (and will) kill themselves alone.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Twitter and facebook will make you stupid if you use it as much as this idiot.

  • Tom

    so hitting a glass screen with a sledge hammer with break it? What a waste of time, and a nice phone. Guess what? If I spend 20 minutes under water I will drown. If I run my car off a cliff it will get smashed up. How is this a valuable test? Just because you have a camera and internet connection doesn't mean you have to post every whim, or otherwise stupid idea. I'm glad the battery blew up. Maybe he'll think twice about wasting peoples time.

  • Android Developer

    This is really a sad thing to look at.
    Maybe instead of letting people do such things, the manufacturers could publish their tests?
    like this cool video, (which for some reason I can't find the original,full screen one) :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyP5rrkdBE0

  • ddpacino

    LOL, what movie is that GIF from? I remember seeing that in something recently, but it slips my mind at this late hour.

    • Scott Kaforey

      My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  • ddpacino

    Hasn't there always been a widget for the Google Search app? Aside from the persistent one on Nexus devices.

  • TeeL

    Please do a test on how well the S5 takes to an acid bath. And after, also do a test to find out how the S5 takes to water, and chainsaw; plus blender, rolled over by a bike, then a car, then a truck, and a plane. Submerge it in human excrement too (toilet test, try dog and cat as well). Drop it from different building heights, 1 to 100 floors up. These are highly possible real life scenarios as well.

    To reflect how well the phone fairs, please use a new one every time. Thanks a lot!

    • Roh_Mish

      From the burj khalifa

  • TeeL

    Please do a test on how well the S5 takes to an acid bath. And after, also do a test to find out how the S5 takes to water, and chainsaw; plus blender, rolled over by a bike, then a car, then a truck, and a plane. Submerge it in human excrement too (toilet test, try dog and cat as well). Drop it from different building heights, 1 to 100 floors up. These are highly possible real life scenarios as well.

    To reflect how well the phone fairs, please use a new one every time. Thanks a lot!

  • Slawootsky

    That screen resiliency is impressive though.

  • Miguel Medina

    Reminds me of when I had the original PSP and had to tinker with the battery to get CFW on it. Messed up and my battery went into fumes.

  • Justin Hess

    Americans....

  • Carl Nicklas

    Absolute Moron!

  • Frank Lopez

    WTF is the point of this video? ALL gadgets will suffer from wear and tear. DO YOU carry a got damn hammer in your pocket? DO you carry a got damn sharp 12" knife?

    Makes no sense.

    • James Duncan

      What do you mean, what is the point of it? The point is that millions of people want to watch a guy take a knife or a hammer to his expensive new phone. People here can cry about "Waah I could have used that waaah he has more money than I do and I'm jelly" but that doesn't get 1.5 million video views.

  • Seanzky

    What the fuck was the point of his test? Besides to point out the obvious. That's the thing about these bored kids looking to go viral these days. They'll do anything they think is half-original just to get their 15 minutes. All he did was give Febreeze a free ad.

  • http://www.pavelkounine.com/ Pavel Kounine

    Why not just burn six hundred-dollar bills and capture that on video? That'll have just as much utility. Personally, I really can't stand these "durability" and "endurance" tests, because they're incredibly wasteful.

  • RTWright

    I can understand wanting to know certain facts surrounding the durability of the glass, the casing, etc.... But NONE of us, NO ONE is going to take a damn knife to our phones, let alone a damn hammer. These tests are just the most stupid things to come along. Drop test in my opinion are stupid, because I don't go around dropping my phone. Secondly, most of us, buy a case to protect our phones. If you spend $150 up to $650 for a device and you don't put some kind of protection on it? Then that's just dumb on your part, because you're just inviting Murphy's Law to pay you a visit and it's normally not a nice one. At least the drop tests I can understand, but stupidity of this level is just that, stupid!

  • Jo Charles

    FINALLY!!! this is the moment I have been waiting for where a device just struck him back.

  • Jimmy Lotts

    seriously that was hilarious. The phone finally strikes back after years of punishing drop test.

  • NinoBr0wn

    Did he say febreeze? Lmao

  • biggerguysf

    DUMBASS!

  • Linx

    HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    I'm glad he got sprayed.. never understood why you would buy a phone to destroy it and then buy a new one anyways.. it's useless, unethical and stupid.

    Or maybe I'm just the only one who doesn't have 700 EUR lying around to buy a new smartphone every day..

  • Tom

    I'm glad he got sprayed.. never understood why you would buy a phone to destroy it and then buy a new one anyways.. it's useless, unethical and stupid.

    Or maybe I'm just the only one who doesn't have 700 EUR lying around to buy a new smartphone every day..

    • Net Workdood

      Yeah, I mean I suppose if you did it after receiving a free one to do a review on...but, for me, personally, nope, I keep my devices in pristine condition...

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