Possible overheating and chemical burn risks force Amazon to recall 260K power banks

While many of us are totally addicted to our smartphones, often the one piece of hardware that we make sure never to leave the house without is our power bank. After all, what good is the handset in your pocket if the battery is dead; you might as well carry around a brick. The power bank evolved from those battery cases developed by companies like Mophie. Remember those early Juice Packs? The first one was made in 2007 for the original Apple iPhone, taking advantage of Apple’s decision (unusual at the time) to seal in the battery that powered the device.

The power bank industry has grown …

Google Pixel 2/2 XL owners complain about overheating and battery issues after February update

Back in January, the Android 8.1 update left several Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners unable to swipe up on the lock screen so that they could enter their PIN code. Now, it appears as though the February security update also was disseminated with unwanted side effects. On Reddit and Google’s Pixel User Community website, there are several complaints from Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users about their handset overheating. Additionally, since installing the update, some Pixel 2/2 XL owners say that they are experiencing lower than usual battery life on their units.

One Pixel 2 owner says …

Tiny device, huge panic: overheating battery causes evacuation of Apple Store in Zurich

In recent times, we’ve been hearing a lot about faulty batteries. Li-Ion cells have always had the occasional lemon, which will have a chance to melt down — and it’s a bummer when it happens to your device. But with the increasing amount of smartphone users around the world, and with phone manufacturers trying to cram larger capacity batteries into tighter devices, it’s no surprise that this is now… a hot topic.

Additionally, Apple has come under scrutiny for the way it handled the aging batteries in its own iPhones — it throttled performance to reduce the strain on a degraded battery. …

The Phoozy Thermal Capsule for smartphones offers protection from overheating or freezing

Usually, if you want to keep your smartphone damage-free, you go and buy one of the many protective cases that are flooding the market. But what if you need more than just protection against drops or water? Meet the Phoozy Thermal Capsule, a new accessory that can protect your handset from excessive heat and excessive cold.

Made by a US company called eXclaim IP, Phoozy may look like a shiny pouch, but it’s more than that. With a multi-layer design inspired by spacesuit technology, the Phoozy Thermal Capsule features a Chromium exterior that “reflects more than …

LG Denies That Snapdragon 810 is Prone to Overheating

We have heard that the Snapdragon 810 processor is plagued with overheating issues and there were even reports that Samsung decided to ditch the chipset due to this issue. Alternatively, the South Korean company will favour its homebrew Exynos processors.

This isn’t the first time we heard bad things about Snapdragon 810, even before it enters the mass production phase. It is also rumoured to have memory controller mishaps, diver issues and other unreliability problems. We can’t be too sure about this, but various flagship models to be released by various companies are confirmed to include the chipset, they include Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and LG G Flex 2.


It is quite obvious that LG lacks proper homegrown processor series, since the Odin was criticized for its meagre performance. A senior executive from LG’s mobile division commented recently that devices powered with Snapdragon 810 are actually cooler than other models in the market. LG needs to defend Qualcomm Processors, because the Snapdragon 810 will be used inside LG G Flex 2. On the other hand, Samsung has become much more reliant its proprietary processor products and it has spent $15 billion on a chip manufacturing plant outside Seoul.