Man claims his old Apple iPod nano burst into flames

One man from Douglasville, Georgia, claims his old iPod nano got “hot enough to burst into flames,” WSBTV.com reports.

“Williams said the burn hole from the pocket of his pants marks the spot of his 15 seconds of flame,” WSBTV.com reports.

“‘I’m still kind of freaked out that after only a year and a half my iPod caught fire in my pocket,’ said Williams. The iPod uses a lithium ion battery — the same type of battery under recall for setting laptops on fire,” WSBTV.com reports.

“Williams said Apple wants him to send his iPod back and they’ve vowed to replace it,” WSBTV.com reports. “After Channel 2 sent Apple pictures of the iPod, they called back but they refused to say how common the problem is. In fact, Apple refused to talk about this particular incident at all.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam W.” for the heads up.]

If this did indeed happen, it’s a one in a million – make that a one in tens of millions – isolated incident or we would have heard other reports of such a thing happening over the long time period of sales for the previous generation iPod nano .

30 Comments

  1. What really freaks me out is how hot my AppleTV gets.. I know that all documentation indicates that it is supposed to run hot as the unit acts as a heat sink..

    But man, it gets hot enough where the unit catching flame does seem plausible.. I wish you could power it off without having to disconnect the power source

  2. I don’t doubt that it happened… cell phones, PDAs, laptops have all been documented ‘bursting’ into flames. And indeed, the photo appears to show a Nano with authentic burn marks. But it also shows a cable (also burned) attached to the dock connector. So, my question is, why was he charging the iPod while it was in his pants? Seems a bit awkward to me.

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    Fire, I’ll take you to learn
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    -a

  4. Hey guys,
    watch the news video on the article page. Williams is interviewed. There is a tiny burn mark in his pocket & a tiny burn mark on a
    shiny piece of paper that was next to the Nano.
    He claims the flames came up to his chest!!……

  5. Apple TV too:

    You know about standby mode, right? (hold the play button for 6 seconds, like the iPod).

    Its not a true power off, but it will be less hot (plus, its instant on), It does seem odd that it doesn’t have a power off.

    I can see the lack of a hibernate with inactivity – people may want to see a static picture. Still, energy saving and all that… Apple got a bit carried away on this one.

  6. “If this had happened to Dell, the MDN comment would have read much differently.”

    Doesn’t make what they said any less true.
    Besides, duh, this isnt DellDailyNews.com.

  7. The only way I can imagine this happening is if the guy had some tiny metal object in his pocket that managed to short the power terminals in the dock connector. That would have to be a pretty narrow, metallic something.

  8. my magsafe adapter melted on tuesday. Sent it to apple, and I’m using a new one right now they sent through this morning, covered in the warranty. Thanks Apple!

    Slightly off topic, but what with all this fire talk and all.

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