Dell's Battery Burnout

PC vendor's summer just got a lot hotter

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

August 15, 2006

1 Min Read
Dell's Battery Burnout

Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) is recalling batteries installed in several popular laptop lines in a move that could potentially affect millions of mobile enterprise users.

The firm has put a notice on its Website saying that Dell-branded batteries -- with cells built by Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) between April 1, 2004 and July 18, 2006 -- used in its Latitude, Inspiron, XPS, and Precision Mobile Workstation notebook computers could overheat and possibly catch fire. The firm says it is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies to voluntarily recall and offer free replacements for these batteries.

The notice covers over 4 million batteries -- making it the largest recall of its kind on record. Although it is hardly the first for Dell, which also made similar but smaller recalls in 2005 and earlier.

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) also got in on the act recently, issuing a recall of batteries for its new 15-inch Macbook Pro. You can check if your laptop is part of the Dell recall here.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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