Warning for GPS Users

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:03
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GPS was placed in it’s bracket in the windshield and left in the sun. The battery overheated and exploded!


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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:27

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:27
hope your insurance will cover it.
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:27

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:27
also your steering wheels on the wrong side lol.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:35

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:35
The explosion blew it across!!

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:03

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:03
He may have bee using that new OziExploder gps mapping program :)

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Reply By: Dr Hook - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:42

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:42
Bill;
Alarming!

What was the make/model?
What was the outside Temperature?
How did you find your way home?

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:39

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:39
I guess he would have a warranty claim for a replacement battery. LOL

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Reply By: GT Campers - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:53

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:53
Or, some GFC-addled US citizen's attempt to collect his insurance...
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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 13:38

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 13:38
You just can't trust that LH drive electricity.
It also burns Jeeps and Ford Exploders, sorry, Explorers.

The directions for most GPS units have a maximum operating temperature.
With your screen on full bright and also in the sun with the black case "warming it too" the internal temp can easily get over the design maximum.

Lucky there isn't more of it happening.

Don't think, just trust the manufacturer to have tested all possibilities.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 13:57

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 13:57
C'mon Bill, was that in your junk email account..?..lol



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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 16:43

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 16:43
Yes - I have a funny feeling it has nothing to do with a window mounted gps but has been adapted by someone as such..but in the absence of any other info who knows.

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Reply By: Member - TLC 001 - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 16:00

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 16:00
Gee, lucky the airbags didn't deploy. :)

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Reply By: SCUBADOO - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 17:48

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 17:48
Gee I don't know.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/carcharger.asp
http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/GPS-Explodes-Inside-Truck-138535859.html
http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php?p=1127493
http://xaxor.com/bizarre/42550-gps-explosion-inside-a-vehicle.html

etc. & etc.
This list goes on.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:40

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:40
Yep - Bill should have put this in the Friday Funnys - there is still time.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 19:16

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 19:16
What about the guy in HK or China a while back, maybe a year or more back. He bought a battery from a shop for his mobile phone, installed and rang a number, put it to his ear and it exploded and killed him!! Michael
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Follow Up By: toffytrailertrash - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 09:25

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 09:25
Talk about getting an 'ear full'.
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