HP extends worldwide warning for laptop batteries

HP has extended a worldwide recall programme for batteries, which it fears could cause laptops to overheat and potentially pose as a fire hazard.

The company has added new battery models to its original laptop recall programme, which it issued on the CPSC website in May last year. According to HP the lithium-ion batteries are being used in more than 30 models worldwide in brands including Compaq Presario, Pavilion, HP and HP Compaq. The battery packs may have shipped in laptops manufactured between August 2007 and May 2008. But HP assumes said that “less than three percent” of the laptops contained the affected battery packs.

In a statement about the HP batteries, the CPSC advised people concerned that if they had a faulty battery to immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery.

“After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from HP or an authorised reseller,” it said.

Exploding Batteries - this is Dell

It said it was aware of two incidents where batteries had combusted but no injuries had been incurred.
 HP said users can see whether the battery is a danger and applies for free replacement by logging onto its site and typing in the code located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook.

This isn’t the first time tech has gone up in flames. Dell has had major problems with exploding laptops due to lithium-ion batteries in the past too. However it seems this burning question could soon be solved with  scientists at Cambridge University claiming to have developed a simple, accurate way of monitoring what’s going on inside one of these, which could go someway to preventing this.