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    HP recalling 101,000 laptop batteries amid further fears of fires and overheating

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    Program expanded in January 2017. It is essential to recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected.


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    HP has announced a massive recall of laptop batteries amid fears they could overheat and explode.

    The company is recalling an additional 101,000 batteries in laptops sold between March 2013 through October 2016.

    The batteries are in laptop brands including HP, Compaq, ProBook, Envy, Compaq Presario and Pavilion laptops, and battery packs sold separately are also affected.

    HP’s primary concern is for the safety of our customers. HP is proactively notifying customers, and will provide a replacement battery for each verified, eligible battery, at no cost. For customers with 10 or more potentially affected batteries, HP has put in place a process to assist with the validation and ordering process.

    [Check if your batteries are affected here]

    11 Comments

    What is with all these battery fires lately?
    I think battery technology as a whole needs to be investigated and taken back to the drawing board!

    Thanks

    118luke

    What is with all these battery fires lately?I think battery technology as … What is with all these battery fires lately?I think battery technology as a whole needs to be investigated and taken back to the drawing board!


    All I know is, they'll hike the prices up because of it...

    118luke

    What is with all these battery fires lately?I think battery technology as … What is with all these battery fires lately?I think battery technology as a whole needs to be investigated and taken back to the drawing board!



    ​people want higher capacity in a smaller package. Something has to give.

    Shame HP were not as proactive in recalling their Laptops eight years ago when the Nvidia Chipsets installed in them were failing left, right and centre and their owners were left hanging with a nearly new £1k door stop while they decided what, if anything to do.

    (the answer was replacing the mobo that used the same defective chip, the same inefficient cooler but they did update the bios so the cooling fan ran full time so they would last a little bit longer until they failed the second time)

    As for the current recall, this will effect more than just HP as a company called Hannstar manufacturers most of HP's Laptops and they also do Dell and multiple offbrand models - My guessing is the batteries will be all made by the same manufacturer and used in dozens, if not hundreds of models across multiple brands.

    Wonder how long before manufactures go back to using NiMH batteries, I still have and use sets that are 10+ years old and still hold their stated charge.

    For power density you need LiPo or Li-ion. NiMH is much safer but heavier, that's why Lexus use them in hybrid vehicles (with short range distance). There would be uproar if we went back to NiMH tech for everything, and even if we did, someone would still sell lithium and made a fortune.

    Thaxnks for that mine' safe apparently

    use a laptop table and plug it in and remove battery like me, my battery has never been used lol

    Thanks smyth gonna check mine now

    blimey we have 2 new HP laptops (the one I am using is a Pavilion) and I had no idea about this!

    Thanks OP. I wasn't aware of this and recently bought a 8470p.

    Anyone know whether the original batteries for this model are dodgy? I won't be able to check the laptop for some time.

    Any idea as to when the claiming window ends for the replacements?

    Thanks
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