Repairs have been covered in a lot of news lately, and all developments related to Right to Repair and companies such as Apple and Samsung are encouraging users to do repairs to make their devices last longer.
This attracted the idea of doing the repairs yourself, but prompted questions from people who were worried about turning the battery into a fireball at the kitchen table.
So how safe is the smartphone battery? Or let’s turn it around, how much can they handle?
Well, I decided to look it up.
Note: Don’t try this at home. My purpose here is to show that if you damage the battery, the results may not be as bad as you think.
As you can see in the video above, the battery (in this case a fully charged battery) can be subject to many abuses. I bent, pierced, and bent it a little more. The battery warmed up and swelled a bit, but it didn’t explode or ignite.
After that, I removed the camera and made more holes, but it didn’t come to life.
But don’t satisfy you with this. I’ve seen batteries, especially high capacity batteries in power banks, take a shower of flames and sparks after being damaged.
Also: Seven warning signs indicating that the battery of your smartphone or laptop may explode
But if you are wise and have wise precautions, you must be safe.
And when it comes to wise precautions, there are some safety warnings to keep in mind if you plan to replace your smartphone’s battery.
- If in doubt, don’t do it!
- Prepare appropriate tools such as: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit..
- Buy a high quality replacement battery.
- Do not mess with the battery in combustibles.
- Place a fire extinguisher nearby and prepare a sand-filled metal dish to store the battery.
- Gloves and protective goggles are highly recommended.
- Do not intentionally puncture or damage the battery.
- Safely dispose of used batteries. Don’t throw it in the trash!
Watch the video here: How safe is your smartphone battery? Or is it safe?