EU investigates exploding iPhones

The consumer protection commissioner of the European Union is investigating reports that Apple's consumer devices can catch fire or explode. There have been a handful of reports involving iPods and iPhones, in Europe, America and Asia, amid a history of portable electronics with lithium batteries providing a more exciting experience to their owners than might reasonably be expected.

The consumer protection commissioner of the European Union is investigating reports that Apple's consumer devices can catch fire or explode. There have been a handful of reports involving iPods and iPhones, in Europe, America and Asia, amid a history of portable electronics with lithium batteries providing a more exciting experience to their owners than might reasonably be expected.

You can see some of the steps battery pack designers take to protect them and us from faults in this (safely) exploded view of a laptop's battery.

CNet UK has more on the exploding iPod investigation.