Jun 26, 2017

There have been theories about exploding phones ever since they came out a few decades ago. The arrival of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 this year fueled a lot of discussion regarding exploding phones. Here, we aim to separate the facts and myths about exploding phones:

Facts about Exploding Phones

1.    The Flawed Separators

We are pushing the limits of lithium-ion batteries that are used in the current generation of mobile phones. There is so much electrical energy packaged in a tiny area, there is always room for disaster. The problem with Galaxy Note 7 is due to problematic separators.

These separators should keep the charged parts of the battery away from each other. In each of the flawed devices, these separators have failed which caused the battery to short circuit, which can cause the phone to burst into flames.

2.    Dropping the Phone

The charge holding channels in the lithium-ion battery that powers up your phone are separated by a very thin layer. Sometimes, you can damage this layer, without even thinking about it. Smartphones that have large batteries can suffer from this issue. You may drop your phone on a particular angle, and damage the separating layer present in the battery.

3.    Excessive Charging

Excessive charging can overheat the battery and the surrounding compartment in the phone. This is known to cause an expansion of metal components, producing a short circuit. This usually happens when the phone is charging, providing a strong electrical source to cause an intense reaction and produce a flame.

Myths about Exploding Phones

Here are a few myths that have no scientific basis behind them, in terms of causing a phone to explode.

1.    Do not Talk when Charging

There is a popular myth to not use the phone while it is charging. The reason is that the use of the phone can cause a short circuit, powerful enough to explode your phone in your face or hands.  According to most experts, this is just a myth. All accidents that are reported during the charging, have happened due to the use of cheap chargers that are the real cause of the incident.

2.    Do not Recharge Overnight

While this may have been true for the first generation of phones, it is a groundless myth for today’s modern phones. Although not a good practice, you can safely recharge your phone overnight. It is smart enough to stop charging when the battery is full. It does not cause an explosion, but you should avoid it as the best way to use lithium-ion batteries is to use them on a charge of around forty percent to eighty percent.

3.    Non-Brand Chargers are Igniters

Many people believe that if they use a third party charger, their phones may blow up in their hands. This is truly a myth; as many researchers have found that third party chargers can charge the phones, almost as well as the branded chargers, if procured from a reputed company. The problem only occurs when you use counterfeit products.

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