The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 lost its popularity,
shortly after its launch in August this year when reports emerged of phones overheating, setting on fire, and even exploding.
Even though there were only 35 incidents out of more than a million phones sold, Samsung issued a full recall-and-replace order… until the replacements started exploding, too. Samsung has since issued a full recall on all remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices and even suspended production.
Why Do We Use Batteries That Explode?
We all want our phones to be as light as possible yet still last at least a full day without recharging — and at the moment, Lithium-ion is the best technology we have that lets us do that.
So, What Can Go Wrong?
What Went Wrong for Samsung?
Should You Be Worried?
- =>Only use the original battery, or one from the manufacturer, or a reputable brand.
- =>Don’t leave your device in hot areas, particularly while charging. Keep it out of direct sunlight, and make sure it can dissipate heat effectively.
- =>Have a protective case for your phone to avoid puncture damage if you drop it. But take the case off if the phone gets too hot. The phone will almost certainly shut down before the battery gets hot enough to ignite, but the heat can still shorten the life of the battery.
- =>Do not use a cracked or swollen battery.Remove it from any device and do not attempt to charge it.
- =>Dispose of old or damaged batteries responsibly. Take them to a recycling center, or to a electronics retailer who will be able to dispose of them properly.