Lately, it seems people have developed a unique fear, exploding mobile batteries, and we can't escape the topic right now. Our beloved gadgets might have become prone to the occasional malfunction. Sometimes in an "explosive fashion."
Furthermore, while Samsung's global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 has been in a high gear, we are hearing stories about other Samsung products that are apparently catching fire. The recent one being Samsung Galaxy J5.
However, as much as we hate to see a product we like experience safety issues, we hate seeing people get hurt far more. So here are 5 ways to check whether your Samsung batteries are safe or not.
Batteries Becoming Hot
This might be the most common reason that a battery fails. When you are using the phone normally or while charging the device, if the battery starts heating up too much too hot to touch, then you need to replace your battery before it causes any serious damage.
The spin test is a simple and an effective way to check if your battery is safe or not. Just take the battery and place it horizontally on a flat surface. Now, try to spin the battery giving a slight push from the side. If the battery spins, it indicates that the battery has a bulge. You should get rid of that battery and replace it with a new one.
Use of Genuine and Approved Batteries
It is wise to use Samsung genuine or approved batteries that have been specifically designed for use in Samsung products. The use of incompatible batteries, cables and chargers may not be safe to use and could cause damage to the device or external damage. Use of unapproved battery may result in the battery expanding or igniting (i.e. catching fire).
Damaged or Bulging Battery
Sometimes, when a battery goes bad, the internal cells rupture and causes a bulge to appear in the battery. You see this when you hold the battery up or see a bulge on the casing. You need to immediately replace the battery. You should also always check if the batteries have any damage before inserting it into the phone.
Observe How Fast your Battery Level Drops
Well, if you are using a phone whose batteries cannot be easily inspected, you can diagnose the health of the battery by monitoring how fast its charge level drops. It is not supposed to drop by two or more percentage points at a time.
Most phones have their battery level displayed as a percentage in the status bar. And if your battery goes from full to zero in a matter of hours even when you barely use your phone, the battery is bad.