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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets a fire hazard

by Vyncent ChanJuly 31, 2015
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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 shield

 

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.

Follow the instructions below to see if your tablet is included in this recall.

Step 1: Update your tablet to the latest software:

Ensure you’re running the latest software, which you can check by following these instructions:

  • From the Home screen, select the Apps icon
  • Select the Settings icon
  • Scroll down, select About tablet
  • Select System Updates
  • Verify that your tablet has the latest software dated July 1, 2015, or newer. See image at right. You may need to repeat this step more than once if your system is out of date.

Step 2: The recall applies only to tablets with a certain battery type. Once you’ve verified that you’re running the latest software, identify your unit’s battery type by following these instructions:

  • From the Home screen in Android, select the Apps icon
  • Select the Settings icon
  • Scroll down, select About tablet
  • Select Status
  • Under the “Battery” category, you’ll see Y01 or B01
  • If B01, your unit is NOT affected by this recall
  • If Y01, your unit needs to be replaced. Please select Y01 to launch the recall application on the device.

 

SOURCE: The Verge, NVIDIA

 

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.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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