Every other day you get to hear about mobile phones exploding–Be it mobiles exploding in a student’s back pocket or in the overhead luggage. Experts claim, smartphones today produces a lot more heat than devices a few years back. The causes may be indistinct but needless to say, the upshots are very dangerous. The least we can do is prevent our little device from such mishaps. Here are some tips that you need to do to take care of it (if possible).
1. Stop stumping every now and then: Almost everyone of us does it! Be it on your office table or on your bed, we seldom care to keep it with care. Worse still, if the phone starts acting up then all we do is thwack it or try to work on our own to get it fixed. Don’t hurry! Wait for sometime and try rebooting instead. If it still doesn’t work then it’s time you get it fixed by professionals.
2. Wet phone alert: No matter how careful we are, there’s barely anyone whose mobile phone has never been splashed in water. The phone starts acting up in some way or the other after that. No worries. You can do away without going to the repair shop and take care of it yourself. All you need to do is remove the battery, SIM and memory cards. Try to dry each and every nook and corner till it’s dry. Store the phone in a container full of rice. Keep it there for atleast 12 hours and then your phone is good to go. Tip: NEVER keep it under the sun to dry.
3. Always use original battery: We must never experiment with duplicate products especially in case of electronic gadgets. Off-brand batteries are readily available in unauthorized stores or online. But that is not recommended if you want a long lasting phone. Either you replace the battery with a new branded one from an authorized store or you discard the phone.
4. Avoid extreme temperatures: According to Battery University, phones must be kept cool to protect the batteries. It claims the recommended storage temperature for most batteries is 15°C (59°F); the extreme allowable temperature is 40°C to 50°C (40°C to 122°F). At an average temperature of 32 degrees fahrenheit, a lithium-ion battery will lose six percent of its maximum capacity per year. At 77 degrees that number jumps to 20 percent (Source: Dailymail). Reason enough to use your phone only in moderate temperatures.
5. Do not charge upto 100%: Tech experts suggest, a full charge is not quite recommendable for smart phones. Figures from Battery University claim that phones should be kept above 50 per cent charge, but below 100 per cent charge to make the battery last longer. Running down the battery in this way apparently helps to reset the phone. (Source: Dailymail)
Quite simple, isn’t it?