Why You Should Never Charge Your Electronic Devices Overnight

23 February 2016
<p>Do you make the mistake of overnight charging?</p>

Do you make the mistake of overnight charging?

There’s no doubt electronic devices are only becoming more and more ingrained into the fabric of our lives. Most people now have 2, 3 or more gadgets they use on a regular basis from a phone to a tablet to a laptop computer.

Many find the most convenient time to recharge their devices overnight — likely the only time of day they won’t be using them. While it is now generally believed this isn’t all that damaging to your device, it can be dangerous.

A deadly fire to a Parry Avenue home in June, is believed to have been caused by a drone battery left to charge overnight.

Lithium ion batteries in particular are notorious for overheating. The best way to ensure the safety or you, your family and your devices is to follow these 3 golden rules:

  1. Never leave charging over night or when you plan to be out of the house for hours at a time.

  2. Never buy the cheap batteries. There is a difference and more expensive batteries are generally better quality.

  3. Practice safe electrical use.

    • Don’t plug multiple devices and high voltage appliances into one socket.

    • Turn off the outlets when not in use.

    • Pay attention to how warm your devices get. This is the first indication something may be faulty (in the wiring or the battery’s function).

You can read more about the Parry Avenue blaze here, and the recent coroner’s court hearing here.

 

By Kathleen Siddell, February 2016

Photo: 123rf.com

 

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