Remember when Samsung Galaxy Note 7 started to explode on users' faces for no apparent reason? Well, we recently stumbled across a video of something similar happening with an iPhone 5s. The video itself is pretty wild, and if anything, it illustrates the danger of using a third-party battery replacement.
As detailed by the iPhone 5s owner on Reddit, the phone's battery was previously replaced by his colleague as opposed to having an Apple technician handle it with authorized components.
"The battery had been replaced by a colleague who originally owned the phone, and he thinks it was the wrong equipment," the post reads in part. "The battery was removed when I charged it, and he took it apart to see what was going on."
And with the man's employee tipping away, the phone exploded and sent the guy over and over. Fortunately, he was not injured and managed to extinguish the fire relatively easily.
All that said, there is a reason why every iPhone battery contains the following warning with eye-catching pressure: “Potential for fire or burn. Do not disassemble, puncture, crush, heat or burn. Authorized service provider only. ”
Given how affordable Apple is making battery changes, it's a wonder anyone these days will try to go it alone. The iPhone 5s owner, who commented on the Reddit case, certainly realized the error in his ways and advised people not to make the same mistake he did.
There was a third party battery that was wrong as long as you bought your batteries from Apple or a trusted seller, you should be good.
The video of the explosion can in any case be seen below.