Customers seeking iPhone repair services sometimes require assistance with battery problems. In many situations, mobile phone customers (including iPhone owners) avoid expensive losses by using the battery accessories and recharging equipment recommended by manufacturers exclusively. Some widely circulated news media accounts last month showcased the importance of obtaining only approved recharging devices for important high tech gadgets. This brief article discusses some reasons why the use of original equipment manufacturer parts (or tested alternatives) proves essential from a safety standpoint in the electronics industry.

Distressing Headlines

Last month, a medical journal called The Annals of Emergency Medicine reported about an injury allegedly sustained by a young woman who had attempted to recharge her iPhone using a generic iPhone charger. Her metal necklace came into contact with the recharging device, and she sustained painful burns as a result.

Unfortunately, recently several consumers reported suffering physical injuries while using generic recharging devices. Some experts caution teenagers in particular remain at risk in this situation. Why? Teens use generic recharging devices for a variety of mobile gear in greater numbers than other demographic segments of the population.

Some Important Common Sense Precautions

Apple has reportedly included technology in its iPhone recharging devices designed to help prevent the phone from overheating. Customers who rely upon untested generic recharging cables, cords, and other electronic accessories may experience power fluctuations that damage sensitive iPhone components. In the worst cases scenario, they sustain accidents like the recent mishap (which sent the 19-year old iPhone owner to a hospital Emergency Room).

How can iPhone users avoid problems when conducting device recharging? Some ways to minimize the chance of encountering problems while recharging the phone include taking the following precautions:

  1. Only use recharging equipment specifically designed and tested to work with your make and model of mobile phone; while sleepy or relaxing
  2. Never attempt to recharge the phone while sleepy or relaxing in bed;
  3. Exercise care to prevent chains, piercings, and other metal jewelry items from coming into contact with the phone’s recharging device;
  4. Don’t allow the recharging device to remain plugged into an electrical outlet when not in use (this practice could pose a fire hazard);
  5. Don’t recharge an electrical device during thunderstorms.

Following these basic guidelines helps prevent electrical accidents during iPhone recharging.