They're back! New chapter in Li-ion overheating saga

Remember all the fuss about overheating notebook batteries? The problem's returned - but this time it's affecting a conference phone, and the batteries are NOT made by Sony.

Polycom has recalled the lithium-ion battery packs fitted to around 8300 SoundStation 2W wireless conference phones following a single report of overheating causing minor property damage.

Made by Gold Peak Industries, the batteries were fitted to phones made between December 1 2007 and May 2 2008, and were also sold separately as replacement units.

Battery packs with part numbers 1520-07803-003 or 1520-079804-003 and date codes GP1207, GP0108, GP0208 or GP0308 are covered by the recall.

Owners are advised to remove the battery pack immediately, after which the phone can continue to be used with the charger. They should then contact Polycom to arrange a free replacement battery.

More details are available from Polycom.

During 2006 and 2007, millions of batteries fitted to various brands of notebook computers were recalled following reports of overheating which in some cases led to fires. At one stage things got so bad that some airlines prohibited the in-flight use of affected brands.