Samsung Galaxy Note Catches Fire Injuring South Korean Man
It’s not clear whether the battery was the one that came with the Galaxy Note, or whether it was a third-party replacement battery. In any event, this is the second time that a South Korean has reported a Samsung smartphone battery catching fire. But although lithium-ion batteries have had a few very public disasters (just ask Boeing), they’re not known for being particularly unstable.
Although there are plenty of reputable battery brands, it’s easy to pick up garbage from low-end retailers. As with so many things, you get what you pay for with batteries. Then again, even those of us who like a deal don't expect to end up with a fire in our pocket.