Another day, another story about defective batteries. This time, it's Hewlett-Packard recalling laptop batteries and urging customers to stick to AC power until their units can be replaced. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that 101,000 laptop computers marketed under the HP and Compaq brand names contain lithium-ion batteries that can overheat and potentially catch fire. HP is offering customers a free replacement battery, so gerbils expecting a Kaby Lake replacement for their 2013-vintage Celeron laptop shouldn't get their hopes up.
Affected laptop series include HP's ProBook, Envy, and Pavilion ranges, along with Compaq Presario models. The defective batteries have bar codes starting with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA. Owners of computers with these batteries should visit HP's battery recall web site.
This round of recalls comes after the manufacturer was forced to recall 41,000 laptop batteries with similar problems in June. In both instances, the batteries contain cells manufactured by Panasonic, though there's no word on the exact cause of the failure.