Laptop Warning

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 09-12-2010 04:44 AM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a warning from a workmate who’s next door neighbor had their house burn down this week.
One of the kids had left a laptop upstairs charging on his bed and it started a fire. Their house burned down with everyone home in afternoon in a matter of minutes. No one was hurt, but they pretty much lost everything.
I have noticed how hot my Mac gets when I am charging it up and now put it on a ceramic hotplate to charge.
Just be careful.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 04:50 AM

Indeed. There was a recall on the laptop batteries awhile back. My old Dell got a new battery when it was 4 years old as a result of that recall, even though it was out of warranty. Leaving a laptop on the bed is a no-no. Any weight and the bedclothes collapse, so no air gets around the charging battery. Bad news.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 05:00 AM

Thanks for the info…I’ll pass it on to my boys who practice the art of bed laptop charging.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 07:48 AM

Got my Mac on a granite countertop…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 07:53 AM

Funny, I notice my Mac gets hot on my lap while I’m using it but not while it’s charging. I will definitely pay attention though.


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#5 posted 09-12-2010 11:10 AM

I don’t know about charging because I usually just have mine plugged in when I’m using it, keeping my battery charged. When it’s running though, I have a colling pad under it. It’s just a plastic thinga-ma-jig that has two fans in it and plugs into a USB port for power. Before getting it I noticed like Jordan that it would get mighty hot when running, especially for long period of time. With the pad, it stays cool as a cucumber. It cost less than twenty bucks.


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#6 posted 09-12-2010 05:03 PM

I have an HP and it states do not use on lap or block vents in anyway this is what keeps them from heating up and starting fires.

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 06:56 PM

Bench Cookies are perfect for elevating the lap top to increase the air circulation.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 02:53 AM

The same thing has been known to happen with car chargers when charging cell phones and iPods left in the console of the car!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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