Lifeline Your Tech Team wants to reassure customers about the generally high quality of batteries used in laptop computers and other electronic gadgets. Recently, quite a few sensational news items have focused upon mishaps involving these products. Some well publicized recalls have also contributed to public concern.

Yet consumers need to remember, these incidents represent unusual events. By exercising good judgment and common sense, people avoid problems utilizing laptops, cell phones, or other mobile devices. Manufacturers take numerous precautions to ensure batteries and other components won’t damage expensive electronic products or pose a safety threat to the public.

Alarming News Items

A few years ago, the large South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung encountered a public relations challenge when some of its recently released Note 7 Smartphones burst into flames. The company reportedly sustained heavy short term losses in stock value due to the adverse publicity. Samsung issued replacement phones to some consumers. The U.S. government subsequently launched nationwide recalls for the initial phones (and the replacement phones) after receiving consumer complaints. The issue of exploding electronic devices captured media headlines at the time.

More recently, occasional reports have appeared in the news about electronic devices bursting into flames or overheating and melting. While alarming, these isolated incidents do help remind the public about the dangers potentially posed by malfunctions in batteries or electrical wiring. Indeed, virtually any electronic product which relies upon electricity or batteries (including coffee makers, toasters, television screens, and hair dryers) all pose safety hazard under some circumstances. Computer repair technicians often find their services in demand due to battery issues, for example.

Important Laptop Battery Safety Precautions

To safeguard themselves and valuable computerized devices, consumers should follow a few basic precautions. Consider implementing some of these steps:

  1. Always retain your computer’s instruction manual.
  2. Only use recommended battery replacement products.
  3. Protect plugged-in laptops by employing a high quality surge protector.
  4. Seek prompt repair services if you suspect battery damage has occurred.
  5. Also request repair services if you notice a laptop growing hot during use.
  6. Never attach a visibly damaged electrical cord to the laptop.

Invest in Safety

Laptops offer convenience. Yet like other portable devices, they sometimes sustain battery or electrical system malfunctions. Adhering to common sense guidelines helps minimize losses caused by these issues.

 

Helpful Resources

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/how-samsung-moved-beyond-its-exploding-phones/2018/02/23/5675632c-182f-11e8-b681-2d4d462a1921_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5bafc5024125
  2. https://abc7ny.com/video-iphone-explodes-catches-fire-in-repair-shop/3468449/
  3. https://www.thelocal.ch/20181011/laptop-explosion-injures-swiss-politician