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8-month-old girl dies with mobile phone exploding: 12 reasons why smartphones catch fire

Tool desk nowSeptember 15, 2022, 2:19 PM Indochina Time

8-month-old girl dies with mobile phone exploding: 12 reasons why smartphones catch fire

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An eight-month-old baby died in Bareilly after the mobile phone battery that was next to it exploded while in charging mode. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she died during treatment. In another incident earlier this year, a passenger’s smartphone caught fire in the air on an Indigo flight, causing panic. In the past few years, there have been cases where people lost their lives or got burns due to a sudden explosion or fire in a mobile phone battery. Here are some common reasons why smartphone batteries explode and catch fire.
Know the warning signs

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Know the warning signs

The first and most obvious is a swollen or swollen battery. In the Bareilly incident, the phone battery was swollen. If the battery swells, remove the phone immediately. Using a phone with a swollen battery can be dangerous. Always look for any changes to the look of your device, including a protruding screen or an uneven back.

Using a damaged phone

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Using a damaged phone

Never use a damaged or broken phone from somewhere. A cracked display or body frame may allow water or sweat to seep into the device or battery and damage internal components resulting in a chemical reaction. The damage can also lead to a short circuit, overheating and other reasons that can cause the smartphone to explode or start a fire.

Using fake or duplicate chargers

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Using fake or duplicate chargers

Be very careful of the chargers you use. Always stick to the devices that came with your smartphones or use only company-approved chargers. Never try to save money by buying cheap or duplicate chargers. Also, using chargers with a higher power rating may strain your phone battery.

Use a third-party adapter or matching cables and adapters for mixing

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Use a third-party adapter or matching cables and adapters for mixing

It is always recommended to charge your smartphone with the original cable and adapter. Using a charger from any other brand may damage your smartphone battery. Third-party charging cables and adapters can cause the device to overheat and cause battery short circuits. Also, be sure to never mix and match cables and power bricks, as different units have different wattage levels

Use damaged wires

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Use of damaged cables/wires

Take care of your cables. If the current charger cord is loose or appears to have melted, it’s time to get a new cable. Damaged wires can not only lead to charging problems, but also cause a fire. Try not to wrap the wires too tightly. Remember to always unplug the charger from the plug rather than just pulling on the cord.

Use of counterfeit or third party batteries

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Use of counterfeit or third party batteries

This also does not. Never use third party or imitation batteries. Use of such batteries may cause serious safety problems. A poorly made lithium-ion battery can overheat, catch fire, and explode.

Use car charging adapters to charge your phone

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Use car charging adapters to charge your phone

Using a power bank to charge your phone while driving is much safer than using car charging adapters. This is because most car owners in India get installed accessories from other vendors and the quality of the wiring is not always certain and can be trusted. It may cause a sudden power surge which could cause your phone to explode.

Too much overcharging for your phone

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Too much overcharging for your phone

It is not always necessary to charge your phone up to 100%. It is a good habit to stop charging the battery after 90% as this extends the life of the battery. Not forgetting to overcharge your phone may cause the battery to expand and become risky. Remember that this is debatable and there is no clear study on it, but there is a possibility that overnight charging can affect your phone battery. Overcharging usually does not damage a smartphone battery in a month or a year. Damage, if it does, usually occurs after a long period of charging overnight.

Leaving the smartphone at extreme temperatures for an extended period

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Leaving the smartphone at extreme temperatures for an extended period

Smartphone batteries are optimized to operate within a certain temperature range. Regularly exposing your smartphone to extreme temperatures may damage the battery in the long run. The smartphone can get hot when left in direct sunlight or a closed car for a long time. Ensure that your phone is not exposed to unnecessary heat while charging. Therefore, keep it away from direct sunlight or other heat sources, especially when charging. While heat is the worst enemy of your phone battery, extreme overheating can also harm it. Your phone’s battery is optimized to operate within a certain temperature range – between 32-95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Charge your phone by connecting it to a power strip or extension cord

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Charge your phone by connecting it to a power strip or extension cord

Using a power connector or extension cord increases the risk of a short circuit. Avoid charging your phone with these.

Repair your phone at local repair shops

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Repair your phone at local repair shops

Another great thing is to have your phone repaired at your local repair shops. Only go to the company’s authorized service centers. Local stores may not have the right kind of tools and knowledge to fix a particular device and you may be messing with the circuit.

Overloading phone chips

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Increase the loading of phone chips

Excessive use of gaming and multitasking can cause the smartphone to heat up quickly. The main cause of heat is the processor. To maintain the integrity of the devices, manufacturers add several cooling mechanisms for safety. However, it is still recommended to give your smartphone a rest for a few minutes if you feel overheating.