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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explodes while charging using a USB Type-C converter

Samsung is in the process to ship the Galaxy Note 7 to its customers who pre-ordered the device, but we already have a case of an exploded device. A brand new Galaxy Note 7 blew up in China and turned into a mess while charging with a microUSB to USB Type-C converter.

We are not sure as to whether the owner of this device used a bundled microUSB to USB Type-C converter, but we recommend everyone to use the bundled Samsung wall charger to charge the device. Hopefully, the issue isn’t widespread as it would put a lot of customers in danger.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Exploded While Charging

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Zubair Chaudhry
Zubair Chaudhry

LOL … There’s no logo of SAMSUNG on the top of front of this device .. actually this phone is the clone one or something like that

fanis0261
fanis0261

it seems clear that the device has been burned with a blowtorch.

Dwarfer66
Dwarfer66

If it crapped out, how come the damage is not near the USB port?

maccyb
maccyb

Well that would be explained easily enough, the connection to the battery won’t burn, it’s metal, only the battery will burn so nothing suspicious in not seeing damage on the port. I do think this might be a set up , but for other reasons.

warlockba
warlockba

There are a few regulators and chips between the usb port and battery … those should have failed first (basic electonics); additionally charging circuits and the battery itself usually has thermal shutdown capabilities in case of overloading.

maccyb
maccyb

Yes, simple electronics you are right, I’m an engineer myself and failsafe mechanisms should work, but they don’t always unfortunately. I’m not standing up for these pics, they may be fake, but fail-safes do fail and regularly. If they didn’t, planes would never crash, and car engines would never go on fire. And of course there is one factor that unfortunately no product can be protected against, human stupidity.

warlockba
warlockba

I agree with you, but basically, in that chain to fail – there are several components which should have failed first; and having my share of terrible experience with Samsung batteries over 6 years of mobile devices – I am pretty much tired, that most failures are blamed on people’s stupidity – which of course is abundant – I will not deny that, instead of sloppy manufacturing. Rarely is manufacturing / quality questioned, and if you’d knew (which I assume you do) what mathematics is done in fixing for example a failure on a faulty plane, you’d cry; simplified it… Read more »

maccyb
maccyb

I don’t disagree with you my friend :). Just highlighting the reality of life. Nothing is perfect, no such thing as 100% quality and safety. Even the best manufacturers will have a failure rate of 0.1%. Doesn’t sound like much but when you sell millions of phones, it can affect a lot of people. Air safety has an even better record, amongst Western airlines, but one crash kills many.

preime101
preime101

looks like a fake to me. There is no bronze coloured metal edge trim and the blue colour looks too dark.

maccyb
maccyb

This happened in China I think. I’ve shopped in Hong Kong on many business trips. That black cable looks exactly like the ones you can buy in cheap electronic stores for 2 dollars and I don’t mean the US dollar, I mean a HK dollar (worth about 13 cents). To use a cable like this on any device, never mind an expensive one is brainless. It may also be a fake phone.

0verspeed
0verspeed

Save your money and buy something else.

alirj
alirj

I think samsung cable is white

iceguyver
iceguyver

Yeah, Samsung charging cables are usually white. Looks to me like the guy was using a 3rd party charger, probably a cheap one.

timazali
timazali

Maybe they charged Note7 underwater ?? 🙂

warlockba
warlockba

Actually, if you look at where the phone was actually damaged, the surface of the destruction – and the other article on this very same site with the iFixit Note 7 teardown, you will actually see that it was not a failure of some electronics, but it was exactly the same surface that is covered by the battery. So all in all to take a guess here, if it would be a faulty charger the charging circuit would get fried, or the usb controller, at best, and not leading to the “exact” and “entire” surface of the battery to show… Read more »

preime101
preime101

dude, you are either the unluckiest person on the planet or have been sold a lot of fake samsung copies because I have had a load of samsung phones and not one of them has had any battery problems.

warlockba
warlockba

I doubt Samsung website sells fake products (or any major retailer), at least in Germany.

warlockba
warlockba

Just one honest question, how many of them you have used intensively, past 1 year? But past 2 years? Out of curiosity.

FuturePilot
FuturePilot

China you say? I’m betting it was either a knock-off Samsung charger or a knock-off Samsung phone.

Vibgyoar
Vibgyoar

Were they using a Chinese knock-off charger by any chance?

debashis barua
debashis barua

why mobile always explodes in china (s4 & now note 7)???

debashis barua
debashis barua

why mobile always explodes in china ( s4 & now note 7)????

exynos24
exynos24

I think it’s a knock off device because only in japan that samsung removed their logo. But who knows.

That’s what i fear about usb type c, so much power that maybe resistors fail.

jide ofor
jide ofor

This stupid news cannot stop science and technology lovers like me from buying note 7. I already ordered one and hope to get it in the next couple of days .

j2001m
j2001m

I be thinking they used the oneplus 2 cable as this is what happens, this or some other cheap cable in china

OddaJeveln
OddaJeveln

Should be written on every device manual in capitol letters:
When charging always use manufacturers included cable and connectors not only for best performance but for your safety.

geedee
geedee

why that device doesn’t have logo Samsung?is that really Note7 from Samsung?

vertcam9
vertcam9

good catch, yes it does not seem to have the Samsung branding in front.

s2insider
s2insider

Yeah, good catch. The news didn’t say where does this happened as well. There are 3 options; 1. The legit Note 7 that has no logo only sell in Japan and Korea. 2. It’s knock off device 3. Someone wants to spread a bad rumor about the new flagship that about to be release or released for a couple week and these kinds of news are always appear as usual. I’ve saw it almost every single Samsung flagships.

unknowndreams
unknowndreams

I thought in Asian markets you had a choice to not have the SAMSUNG brandin on the front of the phone?

maccyb
maccyb

Good question, only in Japan, there is no branding. This is in China This is likely a fake phone, possibly a display dummy model they burned. Or if it is real, that cable looks exactly like the 50 cent chargers you can buy in HK. See my other post here). But, we should acknowledge, that phones can go on fire, though every time a new Samsung or iPhone is released there’s always a “fire” incident reported within a week or two. I would guess this is possibly one of those fake incidents.

vertcam9
vertcam9

the micro usb used does not seem to be from Samsung

mantaka
mantaka

Thats why I always buy OEM products… the charger was definitely not sammys… the adapter could be the one from the box but still… Any old charger can’t do this xD

perfectsolo
perfectsolo

Explosion or no explosion I still love Note 7with passion. It is the most functional, durable and productive mobile gadget in the market.

ImABigBoy
ImABigBoy

A fake adapter from _China_ makes the battery explode. Why is this even on the frontpage of this website? No offence, but all unofficial stuff from China is crap. It’s cheap for a reason you know.

eHoolie
eHoolie

“Why front page?” I don’t know, maybe to warn people about what can happen if you use the device with a cheap charger? So no one gets injured maybe? Hmmm….

ph00ny
ph00ny

Why blame it on the converter instead of the charger itself? That doesn’t look like a samsung’s usual white colored charger

j2001m
j2001m

Any cheap lead or charger can do this, this includes what the oneplus 2 came with when they 1st came out, Apple also had one that had this problem, no joke and they was all type c leads