After the Samsung Note 7 battery fire fiasco, a lot of users are concerned about the safety of their devices. Nobody would have expected a flagship device from one of the world’s leading smartphones manufacturers to be prone to this mishap. Indeed, users would have been less surprised if devices from a little known, emerging smartphone maker were instead involved. This article explains steps Samsung has taken to reassure user confidence in their brand, and explains a few steps you can take to prevent your smartphone battery from every exploding.
Samsung’s new 8-point safety check
Following the Note 7 recall, Samsung launched a massive probe that involved third-party experts. The aim of this probe was to establish what caused the Note 7 battery to explode, after which the company would take new preventive measures. In good faith, the South Korean tech giant publicized the findings of the investigation, which pointed to a design flaw in the batteries used for the Note 7. To prevent this from ever happening again, Samsung has adopted a new, 8-point battery safety check that the company says are failure proof. This comprehensive battery safety check will apply to all smartphones that Samsung will manufacture moving forward. So if you’re planning to purchase Samsung’s upcoming Note 8
or Galaxy S8 flagship, you shouldn’t be so worried!
Why phone batteries catch fire
Over the last few years, multiple incidents of smartphone battery explosions have been reported around the world. As I have pointed out above, the Note 7 battery exploded due to a design flaw. Generally, though, smartphone batteries explode either due to the phone falling or after the battery short circuits. Overheating sometimes messes up a battery’s internet circuitry, thus leading to short-circuiting and exploding. With modern technologies such as fast charging and latest processors, batteries are more prone to overheating more than ever before.
Steps to stop your phone’s battery from exploding
Follow the following tips to minimize chances of your phone, tablet or any other electronic device exploding.
- Use the right charger – as much as possible, it’s recommended that you use the original manufacturer-issued charger for your device
- Unplug once the device is charged – unplug your device immediately after it’s fully charged to avoid an unnecessary build-up of heat.
- Charge in a safe location – don’t sleep with your smartphone charging under your pillow. This happens to be a common cause of battery fires. It’s recommended that you charge your phone when it’s resting on a hard surface.
- Remove cases – cases act like layers of insulation that prevent heat from escaping from your device. That’s precisely why it helps to remove the casing when your device is charging.
- Let your device cool – if your device gets overly hot either due to intense gaming, or just charging, let it cool down.
- Avoid direct sunlight – don’t leave your smartphone in places where there’s direct sunlight such as your car’s dashboard when it’s charging.
- Avoid pressure – to prevent the battery from having a puncture, don’t sit on it or exert excessive pressure.