NEC battery recall

(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 24 Sep 1993 22:47:38 -0400 (EDT)

I just saw an article (Associated Press) saying that NEC is recalling
the lithium batteries from the Ultralite models PC-17-01 and PC-17-02
and that it will replace them with nickel-metal-hydride batteries.
Apparently there have been several incidents in which batteries have
shorted while being charged, causing damage and sometimes smoke and fire.
I've had two batteries go bad, though without smaoke or fire.
I'm surprised that NEC even pays attention to the old Ultralites.
Does anyone know whether the nickel-metal-hydride batteries supplied
by NEC hold more of a charge than the old lithium ones or whether
they are just safer?
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Wayne M. Itano
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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