Holy Flaming LapTops

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The good people at the Naval Safety Center want to remind you that it’s a good idea to use only approved replacement parts in your computer.

So what happened here, you ask? Well, it seems the original battery for this laptop died, and was replaced by an after-market battery pack that overheated and burst into flames.

The Navy is recommending that its folks ensure they have the right battery in similar laptops so something like this won’t happen again.

The big lesson here is that if you replace components in a piece of equipment, whether it’s a laptop, your car, or some other appliance, make sure you use parts that are recommended by the manufacturer. Cheaper, third-party or "incorrect but close" parts may end up costing you more.

Now you know.

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