What's going on with all the exploding smartphones? I'm sure that you remember the nightmare Samsung went through last year with the Galaxy Note 7. It ended up having to kill production and recall millions of the popular gadgets due to an overheating battery flaw.
This problem isn't limited to Samsung. There have also been reports of an iPhone 7 catching fire and destroying a vehicle. Now, Apple is being sued over allegations of selling a defective iPhone.
Why Apple is being sued over iPhone
Wisconsin resident Xai Thao, along with insurance company State Farm, have filed a lawsuit against Apple for more than $75,000. They're claiming that Apple sold her a defective and dangerous iPhone, which led to the destruction of her home.
The complaint asserts, "On or about April 1, 2016, the iPhone failed, starting a fire in Thao's home. Preliminary investigations show evidence of a significant and localized heating event in the battery area of the iPhone as well as remnants of internal shorting, indicating that an internal failure of the iPhone's battery caused the fire."
It goes on to claim that the design, manufacture and sale of the iPhone 4S created "dangerous, unsafe, and defective" conditions.
After last year's Note 7 fiasco, lithium-ion batteries were under the spotlight. It was determined that under the right conditions, they could overheat and cause a fire. Click here to find out why.
It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit plays out. In the meantime, here are some tips to prevent your smartphone from exploding.
Tips to prevent a lithium-ion battery from exploding:
- As much as possible, don't bend, puncture or stress your smartphone. Dropping a gadget hard enough can also cause the battery to explode. Check out how this cyclist fell and the impact caused his iPhone to explode.
- Don't use third-party chargers. Only use official and manufacturer-approved chargers. Using non-approved chargers can lead to plating due to mismatched voltages.
- Don't charge in hot environments or leave your phone in a hot car or under the sun. Exposing your phone to extreme heat can diminish its capacity. Also, if your phone is getting too hot while charging, immediately disconnect it.
- Don't leave your phone charging unattended. Here's another no-no. Please be mindful of your charging, especially at night. Do not charge your phone in your bed or put it under a pillow.