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Tech Tips… Getting the best of your phone battery to avoid fire or explosions

Tech Tips… Getting the best of your phone battery to avoid fire or explosions


Though its not a new occurrence, the issue of exploding phones has been a hot burner topic since the electronics giant, Samsung came out to recall its Galaxy note7 from the market. On September 2, 2016, Samsung had announced an official Galaxy Note7 replacement program due to a rare battery cell manufacturing error, which had led to a few reported incidents.

However, that particular model was yet to be launched in Nigeria, and in a swift reaction, Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited (‘SEWA’), announced the postponement of the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note7. The company assured everyone that the device could also be replaced locally, irrespective of place of purchase. People were directed to go to any of their customer service centers if the need arose.

Anyway, while the Samsung issue was reported as a manufacturing defect, because we know that the reason behind every phone explosion is battery related, we here share a few tips on how to manage your phone, to get the best out of your battery.

Preventing your devices from catching fire

  1. Low-voltage charging: Charge your device via a computer’s USB port. These might provide slower charging, but the current is linear and lower, reducing heat production and the risk of ignition.
  2. Minimize device exposure to direct sunlight.
  3. Do not overcharge your device.
  4. Make sure your phone cover allows for adequate heat dissipation.


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  1. Do not use the device while it’s being charged.
  2. If you’re using the phone in your car, try aiming one of the A/C vents at it to cool it down.
  3. Don’t let your device’ battery drain too much and then leave it in the charger for too long. Instead, try charging it in short bursts.


  1. Keep the device in a well-ventilated area. If you are at home, don’t leave it in a closed bag. Also consider removing any phone covers when it’s unnecessary.

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