Do you charge your phone overnight? Millions of us all over the country do, and it’s easy to see why. It’s simple and straightforward to just plug your phone in at your bedside. You’re unlikely to forget. It gives your battery plenty of time to charge up. And it’s easy to make it part of your routine. But is it safe?
Is it safe to charge your phone overnight?
The dangers of mobile phones have been all over the news in recent weeks and months. Samsung has had a major problem with certain models literally exploding on the market. Part of the problem with the subject of staying safe with mobile phones is knowing fact from fiction.
We all remember the scaremongering stories as mobile phones became more and more commonplace. The radio waves are harmful, keeping your phone pressed to your ear for too long will damage your brain etc. etc.
So where does the suggestion that charging your phone overnight is dangerous stand on the fact/fiction scale? As usual, the answer is somewhere in the middle.
Android smartphones and iPhones possess chips that prevent them from absorbing excess electrical current. This means that once they are fully charged, they can’t be ‘overcharged.’
The main element of risk comes from people using counterfeit, knock-off chargers. These products are usually built on the cheap, in countries not subject to stringent health and safety legislation.
Using an official charger means charging regularly overnight will have minimal negative impact on your smartphone.
The other factor to consider is that most consumers are looking to replace their phone after approximately two years. This means a new phone is usually in place before the negative effects of overnight charging can be noticed.
People who have the same phone for a long period of time will notice a decrease in battery life. This is because the act of charging itself is actually damaging to the phone. The very same technology that makes batteries charge quicker also corrodes them quicker.
So, charging your phone overnight is generally safe, providing you use the right products.
Making a mobile phone claim
Remember, if your mobile phone malfunctions and injures you in an accident, you may be due personal injury compensation.
With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline is the place to call for guidance. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice