No one expects cell phones and their batteries become the reasons for accidents. But we often hear about incidents like someone’s mobile blasted in his pocket causing serious injuries to him; someone killed in mobile blast while talking on phone or while charging; a housewife unexpectedly lost her life while putting the cell phone chargers in socket; and so on.
We can avoid such incidents if we take care of a few things regarding mobile phones, chargers and batteries.
These days you can buy a mobile phone from a store near your area starting from as low as Rs 300 and a smart phone for Rs 500. Thanks to increasing availability of China made cheap mobiles and batteries and consequently accident rates are increasing. Many incidents occurred with these devices, so beware.
# First thing, purchase only recognized branded mobiles.
# Always purchase original batteries for your mobile. Don’t purchase duplicate batteries which are available at low cost. No manufacturing precautions will be taken for duplicate batteries. So it may lead to dangerous situations.
# Low quality chargers also one of the reason of mobile blast. Always try to purchase good quality chargers.
# Cell phones batteries (lithium ion) are more powerful than torchlight batteries and remote control (Alcoleen AA, AAA) batteries, so don’t play with these batteries. Don’t touch battery charging points with ornaments.
# Don’t put your cell phones at high temperature places like stoves, heaters, etc.
# Don’t destroy batteries with your own hands. Breaking with stones or throwing in fire can be harmful. Many reputed phone companies and showrooms are arranging special bins for waste scrap phones, batteries, chargers and other mobile accessories. Throw phone wastage at these bins only.
# Don’t put immediately on charging when your phone accidentally drops in water or is wet when are drenched in rain. First let it dry, but don’t dry it exposing direct sun rays. If it is still wet, go to recognized service centers and they will clean and dry the phone with chemicals.
# Don’t leave the phone on charger for long time even after the phone is charged. It decreases your cell phone battery’s life. Also overcharging lead to wastage of power. Sometimes overheat can lead to blast.
# Scrap the battery if the phone battery size abnormally increases. Reason for this is overcharging. Overcharging changes lithium ion batteries cathodes. Cobalt oxide forms in cathodes and hence increasing its size.
So beware of your mobile phone, battery and charger and avoid unwanted and unexpected accidents.