Schneider Electric offers tips to keep in mind when choosing a secure charging companion for your smartphone
September 26, 2016 – Our cellphones have become a nearly indispensable part of our lives, therefore, anything “in charge” of keeping its battery alive is equally as important, if not more so. Given the recent headlines concerning explosions related to charging our trusted devices, it’s understandable that the topic of finding the right charger has become a top-of-mind concern for many consumers.
This all begs the question: is there something we can all do to avoid risks associated with these types of issues? In lieu of this, Franklin Guerrero, a channel sales manager for Schneider Electric, shared some tips with us for choosing a safe charging solution.
Avoid buying a generic, clone or counterfeit charger. While they might seem like an economical solution, you just might unknowingly be risking your cellphone and quite possibly, your life. These generic chargers are – for the most part – highly inefficient, unreliable and generally have a low potency. Failing to ensure a steady flow of energy to the battery results in spikes and unnecessary variations in the voltage that is transferred to the device. As a consequence, the life of the battery can decrease considerably.
Make sure to read the product description of a battery charger to ensure that it includes protection against over-heating. For instance, the line of chargers by APC of Schneider Electric, have a secure feature that can measure if the battery reaches an unsafe temperature and if so, it automatically shuts off to protect both the device and battery from experiencing any damage.
There are other features you can also look for to help you feel safe. One is overcharging protection, which enables the charger to control the voltage and electrical current so that it automatically stops charging when the internal battery is full.
Remember that the charger you choose should not only protect your phone but also protect you. Therefore, be sure it also includes protection against a short circuit so that the charger automatically turns off if it detects one of its outputs is experiencing this malfunction. This feature protects smartphones and tablets from overheating and ultimately, from explosions.
External batteries may appear to be an economical solution to keeping your device charged-up but keep these considerations in mind when choosing one. The ideal charging solution needs to have passed industry security tests and abide by safety standards that protect you against common problems such as over or under-charging and high temperatures. Picking the right charger these days will give you peace of mind and help you sleep easier, without fear of damaging your device or worse, potentially life-threatening accidents.