July 16, 2013, Apple was investigated following the death of a 23-year old woman, whose family claims she was electrocuted while talking on a charging iPhone.
Although, there have been rare cases of phones exploding, nevertheless, there have been very serious incidence following cases of people with such experiences.
Scary stories pop up every few month, but we never learn anything from them. We hear that a Droid exploded in a man’s face and we get frightened but very little precautions are taken to prevent such incidence. Just yesterday, after a cycler had an accident and had this to say after his iphone 6 exploded.
“I just saw smoke coming out of my back pocket… and then all of a sudden I felt this surging pain in my top right leg,’’ said the cycler.
The truth is that, keeping your phones in your pocket might not necessary be the smart thing to do, especially with the hazards that could go wrong, but today we would focus on ways to keep your battery lasting longer, avoiding any case of an explosion.
Use Recommended Chargers
Only use the manufacturer’s original battery or those from well known replacement brands. It may be tempting to buy cheap batteries, but consider how much you pay for your phone and how much you like your apartment in one piece. You wouldn’t put threadbare tires on a Rose Royce.
Truth be told, even using chargers from other brands isn’t very cool, true, they might be faster and maybe even cost cheaper but still isn’t right.
I know this isn’t the first time you’re hearing this but one of our major problems is that many of have very low safety and maintenance virtues, although, I wouldn’t blame anyone considering the fact that NEPA isn’t very much our friends, everyone wants to get their phones on the go, but wrong is wrong and right is right, it would never change.
Avoid Phone Cases sometimes
Don’t leave your device in hot areas, especially if it’s charging. That only makes overheating problems worse. Ambient temperatures affect batteries a lot.
If your phone is charging or you are using functions that cause it to heat up a lot, make sure you are using it in a ventilated place (which means taking it out of its case, if you have one). This is especially important if it is charging overnight.
You wouldn’t want to get a phone case to protect the phone from damages when it falls and then have your phone burnt in the end. Am not saying always take your pone case out every time you have to charge, but if your phone gets uncomfortably hot please, if you can’t find a conducive place to charge, take of the phone case.
Play by the rules
There are many ways to kill a bird, but when it comes to technologies, if you don’t stick with the manual, you may never kill a bird to start with. My point is, one more time too often, users are encouraged not to use their phones while charging but people don’t have such patience or probably have gotten so engrossed with their phones.
People don’t even read the manuals, but honestly now, for better functionality and longevity stick to the manual, it doesn’t bite.
Never go to zero
If you’re going to be shelving any lithium-ion battery for a long time, try to leave it with at least 30 percent battery power to tide it over. Lithium-ion batteries don’t haemorrhage power when they’re not in use, but they’ll lose maybe five to ten percent of their charge each month.
And when lithium-ion batteries get too low like, literally zero percent they get seriously unstable and dangerous to charge.
Keep it cool
It’s easy to worry about bad charging habits thanks to the training we’ve had from old rechargeable batteries, but lithium-ion batteries have a worse enemy than sub optimal charging: Heat. Your smartphone’s battery will degrade much, much faster when it’s hot, regardless of whether it’s being used or just sitting around doing nothing.
At an average temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a lithium-ion battery will lose six percent of its maximum capacity per year. At 77 degrees, that number jumps to 20 percent, and at 104 degrees it’s a whopping 35. Sure, it’s not exactly practical (or sane) to keep your phone in the fridge, but it’s worth going out of your way to prevent long stays in hot cars and the like.
Lastly, never forget any of the other rules listed above. They would save your life and keep you smiling.
So, keep these tips in mind to keep your battery behaving the way you want it to and don’t freak out about your device blowing up in the middle of the night. If that really bothers you, don’t charge your device overnight, simply plug it in when you get up instead.
Have you ever had your smartphone battery explode? Let us know in the comments.