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iPod Dangerous When Wet

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the potential-hazards dept.

Media (Apple) 531

puggsincyberspace writes "What do you do when your mom washes your iPod? Fix it, of course. A teenager in Australia found out the hard way that messing with the insides of his iPod is dangerous and needed medical attention after it exploded."

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iPod Killer? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517691)

Or Killer iPod?

Hey... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517806)

Guess what's going to put you on the no fly list when the Department of Homeland Security gets to work in a few hours.

Somehow I don't think iPods will be making to an eBay auction either.

The instructions specifically said... (4, Funny)

CdBee (742846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517886)

Do not machine-wash happy fun Pod !

iPod bombs... (5, Funny)

The Jabberwock (882129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517692)

...the primary choice of militant geeks everywhere.

It's funny.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517727)

Bush has an iPod.

Re:iPod bombs... (2, Funny)

Mother Sha Boo Boo (883424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517787)

Heh! Imagine a thousand geeks droping iPods in a fountain.

Re:iPod bombs... (1)

The Jabberwock (882129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517796)

Or one of those RAID clusters of iPods rigged to go off in tandem.

I heard somewhere that (5, Funny)

PurpleXanathar (800369) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517697)

getting wet for electronic devices is a dangerous thing.

Re:I heard somewhere that (4, Insightful)

kthnx (838060) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517716)

as is opening up any electrical device which was not designed to opened by end users... Hints such as no screws on the outside case spring to mind.

Re:I heard somewhere that (4, Insightful)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517883)

Not being able to open a device doesn't always constitute the device itself being dangerous though.

More times I've seen devices that don't even have the power to lightly shock you, but are , imo, just made that way so once it breaks, you're fudged, and you have to buy a new one (long live the quick-consumer society we're living in).

For example, my Logitech mouses, all are a hell to get opened : Once opened, it's even more trouble to get them closed up again.
While a mouse isn't a million dollar investment, I find it very consumer-unfriendly that I am not able to, for example, replace my right-mouse-button myself after it fails to work properly.

The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screwdri (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517705)

The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screwdriver. It wouldn't matter if this was an iPod, rio, nomad, dell dj, mobile phone or the interior of a LiIon laptop battery from any manufacturer.

The kid tried to argue with the laws of physics, and as always - lost.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (5, Insightful)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517734)

No, all that matters now is that when the press runs a story with the words 'iPod' and 'exploded' it won't matter how much you talk about LiIon batteries, people are going to believe that iPods are the problem and that they randomly explode.

The only people who're that stupid (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517744)

and who can afford an iPod are Lawye.... Oh. Shit.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517778)

Mac zealots love when journalists use the word "iPod" or a picture of an iPod even when the story isn't actually about the iPod.

Tough luck then that this time the context is exploding batteries.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517788)

Well, if you try to squeeze a brick of energy into as small a space as possible, there are bound to be some problems of this nature that crop up.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (5, Funny)

captain_dope_pants (842414) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517870)

Ah, if only they did explode randomly.

I for one would spend my free time sitting in the park looking out for gyrating youths and betting with my friends whether they were dancing or in severe pain from their exploding portable music players.
Hours of fun.... But then I don't get out much ;-)

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (1)

khrtt (701691) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517735)

The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screwdriver.

How do you know? It doesn't say that in the article. He might've just shorted the battery, which could also cause it to explode.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (4, Informative)

baryon351 (626717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517794)

The NINE and TEN news (australian local television) both said that the battery was torn open and that they "flash flame" when exposed to the air.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517865)

Yes, but the did the battery open of its own accord (e.g. as it exploded), or was this the deed of the misguided adolescent emergency techno-wizard wannabe?

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (1)

complex17 (783342) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517750)

Makes you wonder exactly how he was going about "taking it apart"...

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517768)

The kid tried to argue with the laws of physics, and as always - lost.
You don't always lose. In Kansas, the second law of thermodynamics is illegal. Apparently people there live for ever.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517800)

The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screwdriver.

I do not see where you acquired this information as it is clearly not present in the article.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (1)

Meredeth (821492) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517801)

I guess those iPod batteries are not nearly as bad as has been claimed.

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (4, Funny)

svanstrom (734343) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517813)

Gotta love Darwinism in action...

Re:The kid pierced the Li Ion battery with a screw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517855)

Haha, nice way to put it :)

What?! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517708)

You mean batteries made out of combustable metals can be dangerous? They should put warning lables on them. And this could mean the end for my forthcoming line of Rubidium dildos!

How can you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517904)

I was looking forward getting my order -- the one with Caesium studs... [cries-tears]

Li-Ion battery ? (1)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517711)

doesnt they explode when shorted ?

since iPods is internal, any safety against overcurrent are probably built into iPods logical board, instead of in the battery itself like in cell phone batteries.

he probably shorted his battery, thats why it exploded.

Re:Li-Ion battery ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517732)

doesnt they explode when shorted ?

You mix iPod to Star Trek communicator.

Re:Li-Ion battery ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517741)

"doesnt they explode when shorted?"

Yes, they does explode when shorted.

Re:Li-Ion battery ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517922)

That's why I'd much rather have an alcohol battery [newscientist.com] . Water would cause dilution rather than explosion. Probably not small enough for an iPod though.

Great (3, Insightful)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517712)

Good bye iPods in planes, trains, work-places and public buildings...

Want a cavity search? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517841)

When air port security hassles you, just say, "Are you kidding? If I wanted to take down an airplane I'd smuggle mercury onboard in a pair of steel toed boots. Or a watch."

Re:Want a cavity search? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517867)

... and that makes your other device being less of a risk?

Re:Want a cavity search? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517912)

Let's put it this way....

If they're going to act under the presumption that a person is malevolent enough to surreptitiously murder everyone on a given flight, they should apply that presumption to all of a person effects. With the stakes that high, applying that presumption to some of a person's effects is the same as applying it to none. Terrorists aren't going to go out of their way to play to security's strenghts. Pretending they will, and mindlessly following along is a greater folly than simply risking the loss of life. The risk still remains, undiminished, but everyone is less free as well.

Re:Great (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517903)

Well, might as well wave farewell to cellphones for the same reason then.

In other news... (5, Funny)

JohnnyBigodes (609498) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517714)

... playing with fire will get you burned, suprisingly!

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

krumms (613921) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517896)

Sounds like the news story a work mate read out today:

"Experts say kids in less danger if they play it safe"

Where do they find these experts in the oft-astounding field of common-fucking-sense?

Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517717)

Li-Ion battery?

Water?

Boom!

Duh

LIST OF THINGS I MUST NOT WATERCOOL (1)

sgbett (739519) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517718)

#1 My iPod

The Kid Isn't Alright (4, Funny)

richardmilhousnixon (515595) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517719)

"We treated him on the scene for minor breathing difficulties but he was fine and then we scooted out and helped save the rest of Melbourne,"

The kid was trying to fix his ipod on his BED after his MOM washed it . . . he is far from fine.

Re:The Kid Isn't Alright (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517823)

virtual insightful mod for parent, that kid should've been shot for trying to do something THAT stupid.

At least we now know the name of one next year's nominees to the Darwin Awards

Re:The Kid Isn't Alright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517924)

Wash? The worst people around here have to worry about is spraying to much Fabreeze on it.

I for one welcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517720)

...out new exploding iPod overlords...

In other news.. (5, Funny)

khrtt (701691) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517721)

..if your cell phone falls into the toilet... duck and cover...

Re:In other news.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517811)

Shrug. My iPod fell in the toilet just the other day, in its oh so pretty orange iPod sock. Clunk. Gurgle. shit. Scoop!

Rescued. It sat and glared at me , balefully, for 2 seconds, and then its screen went bright white, with no image, just backlighting, for about 6.

Then, it quietly popped its clogs, and died.

Took it home, popped it in the airing cupboard for 6 or 7 hours to dry it out, plunked it back in its cradle and ... shoop. It worked again.

Now, I'm not recommending flushing your iPod for giggles but they're pretty durable, it seems ;)

Matt

Re:In other news.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517835)

I bet now it sounds like shit.

Re:In other news.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517861)

I bet is smells like teen spirit.

Re:In other news.. (1)

shreevatsa (845645) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517872)

No, it now smells like shit.

Re:In other news.. (1)

fudg3tunn3l (883722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517914)

I dropped my brand spanking new expensive cell phone into the lav a few years ago and in my extremely drunk state I put it under the grill to dry it.... cue wailing smoke alarm and a ceiling that needed repainting. I'd say never again but I did destroy a microwave when under the influence too :o/

Medical Attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517723)

Wait, wait, his iPod needed medical attention? How much is an insurance policy for one of those things, anyway?

I blame Apple (-1, Troll)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517729)

for calling their GUI "Aqua" and thereby encouraging stupid people to dunk them in water. Oh wait, that was just on the Mac, wasn't it?

Re:I blame Apple (1)

el_womble (779715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517890)

You mean I can't put my PowerBook in the dishwasher? How else am I supposed to it all pretty looking?

Slashdot.... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517731)

News for zealots - to generate ad revenue, Stuff that doesn't matter.

Re:Slashdot.... (1)

OverflowingBitBucket (464177) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517747)

News for zealots - to generate ad revenue, Stuff that doesn't matter.

Yes, this is an obvious paid story designed to generate sales for Apple. Hey, hang on...

Re:Slashdot.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517761)

To generate ad revenue from the page adverts. Apple/Googlevertisments are a different thing altogether....

You gotta be kidding. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517733)

I don't read slashdot a whole lot anymore, and when I read shit like this it reminds me why.

I don't know how much blue smoke I've ingested over the years, but hey let's post a story about it since it's an iPod!

Re:You gotta be kidding. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517763)

Blue smoke is one thing. Since you're reading slashdot the lowered sperm count isn't much of a problem for probably a number of reasons. But Lithium (oxide and otherwise) dust could be pretty nasty.

Re:You gotta be kidding. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517817)

Inhaled lots of blue smoke eh? I can just imagine it, you are in the operating room, you take your last breath and then... blue smoke comes out of your ears, and the doctor says, "Man, do you know how hard it is to get that stuff in there!"

boom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517736)

In Soviet Russia, ipod fixes you!

So close... (1)

bythescruff (522831) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517738)

...natural selection in action. Nearly.

Alternate hypothesis (1)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517742)

The boy was treated by paramedics at his Bayswater home for breathing difficulties after ingesting fumes emitted by the device as he pulled it apart in his suburban bedroom about 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, at 1, Infinite Loop ...
Jobs [thinking to self]: The company is back on its feet, profits are rising, we're back in the news ... life is good! ... time for that special heavy duty weed I put in my ... what the?! Where'd my weed go??

Re:Alternate hypothesis (1)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517863)

That was some of the expensive Cali sticky icky icky too... what a waste.

Possibly beryllium oxide (3, Informative)

fven (688358) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517743)

A fireman that rescued me (barely sensible) after an electronic device exploded, said that BeO was probably the culprit. I had been in the room when the device(s) exploded and was the first one to ring for help.

About 15 minutes later (I hadn't been feeling too good), I collapsed and was taken to hospital.

BeO is highly toxic by ingestion and inhalation (Material Safety Data Sheet: http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/BE/beryllium_oxide.h tml [ox.ac.uk]
).

Apparently it is one of the more common toxic substances emitted in smoke/fumes. Particularly in domestic / non-chemical-factory settings.

Re:Possibly beryllium oxide (1)

khrtt (701691) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517773)

What kind of electronic device was it and why did it have BeO in it?

Re:Possibly beryllium oxide (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517792)

A bicycle.

To make it lighter.

Re:Possibly beryllium oxide (2, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517782)

A fireman that rescued me (barely sensible) after an electronic device exploded, said that BeO was probably the culprit.

I should shower more often. I have a lot of BeO when I don't.

Re:Possibly beryllium oxide (1)

Hungus (585181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517802)

Umm no dude he said YOUR B-O was the problem. - Sorry I couldn't resist the entendre

Re:Possibly beryllium oxide (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517877)

I think you should have just stuck with using 'beryllium oxide' instead of BeO. As it is, I can't get bizarre images smelly operating systems out of my head.

Re:Possibly beryllium oxide - Rubbish. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517900)

Utter nonsense. BeO is (was) only used in some high-power RF devices in the industrial market as it has good thermal conductivity properties. You will not find it in any modern consumer products.

This boy has a great future... (5, Funny)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517746)

...as a Toyota Prius mechanic.

Re:This boy has a great future... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517909)

I bet he would run it through a carwash and forget to roll the windows up...

All I have to say is (0, Redundant)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517748)

hahahahahahahahaha.

What a tool. First off, why would you leave your ipod in your pocket when you take your pants off? It's not like it's a $20 mp3 player...

What a fucking idiot.

Tom

Re:All I have to say is (1)

Gen. Rasputin X (716134) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517819)

It was probably a shuffle. I know I've left mine in my pocket before. Then again, my mother doesn't do my wash either. I'd probably be using my ipod when I went to wash them.

Re:All I have to say is (5, Insightful)

psavo (162634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517833)

I think this is where RFID could help a LOT. There's just no reason for electronics class device to be inside a washing machine.

Cell phone down the toilet? (1)

khrtt (701691) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517752)

In my experience, if your cell phone falls into water, it would stop working.

If you take the battery off right away, and don't put it back on until everything dries thoroughly, it will work fine at least for a while. If the water was dirty, some connections inside may go bad after a few months from corrosion, though, so it does make sense to take the phone apart and clean the contacts with alcohol.

If you don't take off the battery, it would probably never work again.

Electronics Surviving the Wash (2, Interesting)

CBDSteve (716562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517929)

I had a pager about ten years ago - one of the chunky number-only things that were around before SMS got really popular.

One drunken evening it got put into the wash - a full cycle. When I found it in the shirt pocket afterwards, it was full of water... there was a bubble in there too so it was more useful as a spirit level.

I tried to turn it on (you never know) but no joy - so I put it in a cupboard and forgot about it.

Four years later I found it again (thoroughly dried out) and tried turning it on - success! Amazingly enough, it worked fine.

I suppose an electronic gadget can recover from being soaked as long as you haven't short-fried any circuits.

Name change (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517756)

i-Explod.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517757)

...[almost anything you can imagine] dangerous when eaten, smoked, inhaled, placed over mouth, thrown at one's head...

Hah hah .. "saved the rest of Melbourne" .. (2, Funny)

torpor (458) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517758)

.. i've always considered Melbourne to be the 'city of superheroes', and well .. now its supported in print.

horrible place.

Re:Hah hah .. "saved the rest of Melbourne" .. (1)

pomgolian (799719) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517910)

I'm from Melbourne and I wasn't saved! I want to be saved from an iPod!,

How does this look? (2, Insightful)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517766)

Is this anything like exploding capacitors? I remember a class where my teacher accidentally turned a capacitor into a toxic smoke-grenade, it was a pretty impressive sight to see all that stuff come out of one little cylinder.

Re:How does this look? (1)

Pegasus (13291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517906)

Have a look around rcgroups.com and other RC modeling sites. Usage of Li-Ion and Li-Po batteries is increasing and so is the number of burnt models, cars and houses due to the LiPo fire.

iPod? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517772)

More like iPwnd.

Coming soon... (0)

Eradicator2k3 (670371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517776)

Also coming this season, kid shows us the inside of a TV (Warning: Contains Graphic Footage of idiot getting fried)and the fan favorite: "Screwdrivers and Electrical Outlets: A match made in Heaven?"

Introducing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517781)

Isplode: for the terrorists that need portablity everywhere they go.

Two words (4, Funny)

dos_dude (521098) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517784)

Natural selection.

An alternative: tiny 20GB Archos mini (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517809)


There are plenty of alternatives. I bought a atiny 20GB Archos Gmini [archos.com] for under $199.

Re:An alternative: tiny 20GB Archos mini (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517849)

So I can take a shower with one of these?

If.. (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517812)

If you don't know what you're doing thend on't play with it. Some kid did and got burnt, wheres the news here?

Erm (1)

necrisque (679824) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517820)

Of course electric devices aren't safe with water
Isn't this just 'news' because the device happened to be an iPod? D:

iPod Dangerous When Wet (2, Funny)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517821)

Shockingly enough

what was ingested? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12517825)

Well !! Any guesses what the kid ingested???

Rumour has it... (5, Funny)

OverflowingBitBucket (464177) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517829)

.. that the iPod is also a choking hazard if you attempt to swallow it.

The mandatory movie quote (1)

LemonFire (514342) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517838)

"It turned inside out and explodid..."

Prediction (1)

chrism238 (657741) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517897)

Can't wait to see this one on Mythbusters!

nice title (5, Funny)

Dr.Opveter (806649) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517921)

FTA (page title)
Teenager's iPod goes boom - Breaking - Technology - theage.com.au

That's breaking technology alright.

iPod-icide (3, Funny)

dark grep (766587) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517928)

I will have to remember not to commit iPodicide by stabbing it to death with a screwdriver while I am filling the car with petrol (gas for you North Americans). Jeeze Bruce, but us Aussies can be dumber than a bag of hammers. From what was reported, the ambulance service spokesperson hammed it up a bit too.

Damn kids and their modern technology.... (5, Interesting)

cianduffy (742890) | more than 9 years ago | (#12517935)

In my day, when you washed your (1st generation, flash-based) mp3 player, you just put it on top of your (17", radition levels that burn out brains) monitor with the memory card out for a few hours to dry

Same with cellphones, flash keys, etc. But noooo, someone had to go and put rustable moving parts into mp3 players...
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