NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets a fire hazard
NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet is equipped with some pretty good hardware for gaming on the Android platform. With support for the SHIELD controller too, no less. They are also very confident about the cooling performance of the tablet, claiming the thermal dissipation was double your average tablet. While NVIDIA may have succeeded in cooling the Tegra K1 processor used, they seem to have overlooked another component that may overheat and burst into flames — the battery.
NVIDIA announced a recall of its SHIELD tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015, as the batteries embedded in those devices have been identified to possibly overheat and pose a fire hazard. Not much additional details are provided except that batteries from batch Y01 are affected but B01 batches aren’t affected.
Pokdepinion: Well at least it isn’t the processor overheating and burning up. Batteries are often gotten from an OEM thus NVIDIA may not have full control over the quality, but this is a year after the tablet’s release before NVIDIA finally identified an issue. I believe this issue is quite rare, which is why it took so long to identify and also we don’t hear a lot of news about NVIDIA SHIELD tablets going up in flames.