How safe are mobile phone batteries?

Graham from London, England

Episode 1330 (39:30)

Samsung Battery

Graham is worried about the lithium-ion batteries that phones use. Leo says that everything uses lithium-ion these days. In the Tesla, they have protected the car by putting titanium barriers between the lithium-ion batteries and the rest of the car. They are dangerous if punctured because they will instantly catch fire.

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