Correction, June 10, 2004: Originally, this piece incorrectly stated that a lithium-ion battery would not need oxygen to burn and that the fire could not be smothered. The piece also mistakenly defined the word "exothermic," which means "giving off heat" and has been removed. ( Return to the corrected sentence.)
Webhead thanks Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, and Jeff Layton, Dell's director of engineering for product group power and reliability.
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