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Have you ever left your phone plugged in overnight? If so, there’s nothing to worry about, as long as the battery has enough charge in it to complete the process and you don’t leave it charging for too long.
However, leaving your phone plugged in after it reaches full charge could be harmful. You might think that if your phone or other device is already fully charged, you can just forget about it while it’s plugged in, but this isn’t always the case.
Modern technology is safe, especially smartphones. Charge them for 24 hours and you can expect a full charge and then some—if not days of extra life on your device. However, new studies show that there are negative effects of overcharging your phone. And it can even cause an explosion. So what’s happening? Well, you may think your phone is charging when it’s just heating up... and if left too long, a battery will burst into flames or explode.
But don’t worry too much. These cases are extremely rare. Even if you charge your phone overnight when it’s turned off and unplugged (which is recommended), you should still be okay. Studies show that there are fewer chances of a fire or explosion when charging at lower temperatures for extended periods.
The issue with overcharging your phone is that it puts a lot of stress on your battery. Although battery life continues to get better and better with each passing year, those improvements come at a cost: batteries have to work harder to provide more power. Furthermore, charging cycles decrease their capacity—meaning they can only charge so many times before they lose their ability to hold a charge completely. That's why it's very important not to overcharge your phone.
Many modern phones will automatically shut off when they reach 100% battery capacity. While that might seem like a good idea, it means that if you don't notice your phone shutting off while charging, you can continue to put additional strain on your battery until it's almost too late. Make sure to check your phone before leaving it plugged in for an extended period.
Usually, when you plug your phone into a wall charger, your phone’s battery fills up quickly and completely. But what happens if you leave it plugged in longer than usual? Will your phone explode or catch fire? No, probably not. But there is an immediate risk of damaging or destroying your device that consumers don’t know about. This effect occurs due to our phones being charged by lithium-ion batteries, which have become one of the most popular types of batteries used today in consumer electronics.
Normally, a battery is made up of an anode and a cathode separated by a porous membrane. Lithium ions move through that membrane to create an electrical current. The ions then return to their original location by traveling across what’s called an electrolyte, which can either be liquid or solid. It’s in these spaces where problems can occur if you overcharge your phone.
What to do
The first thing you want to do is unplug your phone immediately. Continuing to charge it could cause an electrical fire or severely damage your battery. The sooner you get that phone disconnected from its power source, the less damage you’ll do. Next, disassemble your phone as quickly as possible so that all of its parts can cool down. Removing any batteries will prevent them from leaching and causing any unnecessary damage.
Once you’ve gotten your phone as cool as possible, it’s time to think about how you’re going to deal with all of that smoke. No, there’s likely a fair amount of it coming from your overheated device.
Overcharging your phone puts a lot of stress on your battery, and can cause it to burst into flames or explode. Studies show that there are fewer chances of a fire or explosion when charging at lower temperatures for extended periods. Make sure to check your phone before leaving it plugged in for an extended period! Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most popular types of batteries used in consumer electronics. Continuing to charge your phone could cause an electrical fire or damage your battery.