California residents who have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone may be interested to learn that the company recalled all of the ones that have been sold due to reported incidents of battery fires. The recall reportedly affects approximately 1 million smartphones.
The problem with these particular phones is likely associated with the fact that the batteries are lithium ion. These batteries have a highly flammable liquid that gives the phone power. If the battery becomes compromised in some way, such as a puncture through the plastic that separates the positive and negative sides, it could short circuit and catch fire or explode. In order to fix the problem, Samsung was offering full refunds for the phones or an exchange for a Note 7 that had a battery pack provided by a different supplier. Those who do not exchange their phones may find their battery life drastically reduced.