We hear a lot of things about the dangers of cell phones and cell phone accessories from people who don’t know much about electronics and technology. But what bits of advice are actually valid? Bulk USB cables, lightning cables, general cell phone cables — how much do you really know about tech safety and maintenance?
5 Myths About iPhone Charging
Using a Non-Apple Charger is Dangerous. They say that charging your iPhone with non-Apple brand cell phone cables can damage your device. This is only half true. If your charger is from a trusted company and is labeled “Made for iPhone/iPad,” then you are totally safe. Just avoid using cheap knockoff cables and chargers as oftentimes they are less expensive due to a lack of safety mechanisms in the internal circuitry. It is because of products like these that you hear about iPhone batteries exploding and phones spontaneously combusting.
Do Not Use Your Phone While Charging Do Not Use Your Phone While Charging This myth came from one isolated incident in which an iPhone user’s device exploded. The truth is that the user was using a knockoff charger, which caused the damage to the phone. The act of charging and using a phone at the same time is not inherently dangerous.
Do Not Charge Your Phone Overnight. Many of us keep our phones plugged in over night in order to wake up to a fully charged device. This does not damage the phone. Your smartphone is, in fact, smart enough to stop taking in energy from the power source once it is fully charged. Your phone can remain plugged in even when it is no longer receiving a charge.
You Can’t Use an iPad Charger on an iPhone. Actually, you can charge an iPhone 6 in half the time when you use a 12-watt iPad charger as opposed to the five-watt charger that comes with your phone.
You Never Need to Turn Off Your iPhone. This actually is not true. Most of us never turn off our phones, and while this isn’t the worst thing in the world, it isn’t helping your phone’s battery at all. According to Apple Geniuses, turning off your phone from time to time can help to improve battery life.
Damaged and frayed cables can pose a fire hazard. In fact, as many as 53,600 home fires were started in 2008 as a result of electrical failures or malfunctions. That is why cable maintenance is so important. Smartphones generally have a lifespan of about two years, but this can be cut short by failing to take proper care of your cell phone cables.