A new battery technology that does not explode: PhosphorousFluorine3Thorium (PFFFTh) electrolyte

With all the controversy about the Samsung Galaxy 7 exploding batteries and fiery dangers, scientists have created a new cell electrolyte that when punctured or crushed or even overloaded will only exhibit a harmless ‘PFFFTh’ sound to the human ear.

Of course, designers will want to be aware that there has been battery damage, so for added detection awareness, all that will be needed is a simple use of the smart phone’s microphone. When the battery emits the signature ‘PFFFTh’ sound, the microphone will detect and amplify the sound through the phone’s speaker system. The user and anyone around will hear a loud ‘PFFFTh’ and know what it means coming from one’s pocket or purse.

Some designers are even thinking of adding a light fragrance in addition to the ‘PFFFTh’ sound so that in a noisy room everyone will be alerted that a battery has been damaged with a gentle release of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.

Smart phone marketers are ecstatic about their new public marketing campaigns and slogans. Some ideas are:

“No more fires or explosions. Take your smart phone anywhere, even on commercial aircraft. Users and bystanders will have a gentle ‘PFFFTh’ safety alert accompanied by a mild whiff when the battery has a problem.”

“No more danger using smart phones: Owners who have a failed battery will exclaim, ‘Excuse me for being so bold, but it was some gas that my phone could not hold!’ ”

8 comments on “A new battery technology that does not explode: PhosphorousFluorine3Thorium (PFFFTh) electrolyte

  1. antedeluvian
    April 2, 2017



    I am sure this story will become a pfarty pfavourite!

    Oh dear, I fear the pun stinks as well!

  2. D Feucht
    April 2, 2017

    Thorium is what got my attention. It is exploding continually, in the form of radioactive decay.

    Thorium is also used in the mantles of Alladin high-performance kerosene lamps. The Thorium catalyzes greater light emissivity and they are comparable to 60 W tungsten bulbs (800 lumens).

  3. Steve Taranovich
    April 2, 2017

    You are absolutely right Dennis—so the scientists may have had in mind an alternate way of telling that the cell had failed—-a bright light emitted from the smartphone!

  4. John_Galt
    April 5, 2017

    pull my finger….

  5. Katie O'Kew
    April 6, 2017


    Can't wait so see how invwentive we'll be next Aprril 1st

  6. Steve Taranovich
    April 6, 2017

    @John_Galt–I'm pulling your leg, but I don't think I want to pull your proverbial finger 🙂 

  7. Steve Taranovich
    April 6, 2017

    @antedeluvian— I appreciate your being Pfffrank with me about this blog!

  8. Victor Lorenzo
    April 8, 2017

    Oh my….. our dog has just made that same sound! And i can feel the fragance too 🙁

    Should we start googling for a new conspiracy theory about battery manufacturers making tests with pets?



    p.d. Curious word is “pet”, google-translate it from Catalan. Not electronics related at all, sorry for that.

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