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Why Do Phones “Explode” Sometimes, And How Can You Protect Yourself

Smartphone Blasts

Over the last few months, I have been noticing a lot of these phones exploding stories.

  • Poco X3 exploding while charging,
  • Oppo A53 heating up in a man’s pocket, exploding
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro blasting after smoke starts coming out of it,
  • Nord 2 exploding while cycling and there are so many stories.
  • Galaxy A02, Galaxy A21. iPhone 10, Oppo F11, and a lot more.

Now I know there is a lot of fake news as well when it comes to phones exploding, but the truth is, most of these stories are true. Phones are exploding and because these people are actually getting hurt.

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So, the question is why this is happening and How do you protect yourself from your phone exploding, and there are several reasons why a phone can explode.

01. Overheating

Overheating is probably the biggest reason why a phone explodes. A lot of these phones have these fail-safe technologies to make sure the phone remains safe even at higher temperatures but not all phones do well when there’s excessive heat constantly. Lithium-ion batteries are volatile and too much heat on the battery can cause the battery to swell up compromises structure and in the end, explode.

There are multiple ways your phone could overheat.

  • I mean gaining on your phone or calling for long hours when the phone is charging.
  • Having the phone in your pocket or in your bag with the power bank connected is another example.
  • Also, where we put our phone to charge on the bed, there’s not enough space for heat dissipation, so make sure you place it on the side table.
  • It’s not just charging leaving the phone out in direct Sun or any hot environment for too long can also explode your phone.
  • Same with the malware on your phone or just unoptimized software overworking the CPU resulting in overheating.

So, the point is, take your phone’s overheating seriously, don’t ignore it. If you feel that the phone is overheating, make sure to check the battery temperature in your phone, some androids can show you the battery temperature like MIUI and OxyzenOS. But on other phones, you can use an app like AccuBattery which shows you the temperature of your phone’s battery, or you can use the battery protector app. It lets you set alarms for when your phone overheats. you’ve set it to 50 and if your phone overheats over 50, then the app will notify, or I think you should take it to the service center.

02. Battery Damage

Any external damage to the battery can change the mechanical or the chemical structure of the battery, which might lead to a short circuit or overheating, and then you know, explosion.

Maybe you drop your phone on the floor really hard, and after you see your mobile it’s looking fine, it’s working fine, but the battery isn’t lasting very long. The phone has suddenly started to overheat. Well in this case obviously, the battery has been damaged, and this can result in an explosion.

03. Using Uncertified Charges

This is something that our parents or our non-techie friends buy a cable or charger at ₹100, just because it’s cheap. See, this is bad because using non-compatible charges can really affect the battery of your phone. It can short circuit the battery of your phone leading to worse battery life and in the worst-case scenario, your phone will explode. So, make sure to stick with your phone charger and charging cable.

Don’t mix and match charger and charging cables because a lot of these adapters have different wattages, and a lot of these charging cables have different standards.

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