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Basic rules to protect smartphones, tablets and lives

Gadgets have become such integral parts of your lives that you are almost inseparable. Smartphones and tablets have become an extension of the limbs such that people even forget that they are electronic gadgets and require some amount of distance and safety measure during handling. The recent news of 31-year-old man dying of electrocution while connecting the laptop charger to a plug point draws attention to the continuous disregard for safety measures. The man had been sipping a drink and his finger had touched the plug’s metal pin. The mishap could have been highly avoided if a preventive measure had been taken.

Use separate chargers

Keep separate- Smartphone and Tablet charges - Courtesy en.wikipedia.org
Keep separate Smartphone and Tablet charges – Courtesy en.wikipedia.org

Whether you are the proud owner of a smartphone or tablet or both, don’t forget that they have separate chargers and adaptors and there is no way one can be replaced for another. Each requires a different kind of power and sharing can only lead to a safety violation which can be dangerous not only for the device but also your health. If they get less power then it will take a lot of time to get charged. Alternatively if the device gets more charge than it needs then it is likely to damage the product which can burn a hole in your pocket.

Don’t charge overnight

Do not charge your phone for whole night - courtesy pixabay.com
Do not charge your phone for whole night – courtesy pixabay.com

Leaving the phone to charge overnight is not a smart idea. It can cause the phone to get overheated which reduces the battery life. You can always wake up and get the phone to charge again.

Don’t speak while charging

Try to avoid phone calls while charging - courtesy thenextweb.com
Try to avoid phone calls while charging – courtesy thenextweb.com

It is inadvisable to speak on the phone while it is being charged because the phone tends to heat up while you are speaking. Also charging heats up the battery and makes the device very hot. But if it is very necessary to take calls then you can use a wireless headset. The other option is to wait for the device to get fully or sufficiently charged before you speak.

Replace the battery

REplace your phone battery on time - courtesy www.flickr.com
Replace your phone battery on time – courtesy www.flickr.com

It is important to know when the battery needs to be replaced because an old battery can drain the smartphone quickly. You will be continuously charging the device without getting much benefit from it. If it seems that the phone is being charged more frequently than it should be then checked for any sign of swelling in the battery. You can take it out and spin it on a plain surface. If it seems to spin freely then a bulge is present and you should replace the battery without much delay.

Use branded batteries

Do not use duplicate batteries in your smatphones - courtesy www.etradesupply.com
Do not use duplicate batteries in your smatphones – courtesy www.etradesupply.com

Batteries are an essential part of the device and you cannot expect it to function properly without it. It is, therefore, best to purchase them from an authorized service center so that the parts are genuine. The cheaper ones are unlikely to be made in keeping with the safety regulation which is likely to increase the chances of a safety hazard.

Don’t let it hang by a wire

Properly place your phone in a plane surface and try to avoid charging in a hanging mode
Properly place your phone in a plane surface and try to avoid charging in a hanging mode – courtesy mobilesyrup.com

It is inadvisable to keep the phone hanging by the charger because it may fall and damage the handset. The power connector can also get broken.

So, guys I would recommend to follow these simple strategies, and increase the longevity of your gadgets.

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