Many charge their smartphone next to them in bed. But this can quickly become dangerous for both smartphone and owner!
Before going to bed, you type away on your smartphone and then simply lay it next to you in bed. This is precisely the kind of behavior that harbors dangers – and not just because of the radiation. Because anyone who connects their smartphone to the charging cable in bed risks more than just a technical defect. “No device should be charged under such circumstances because a heat buildup can occur. This can lead to critical conditions and even a fire,” Jürgen Ripperger from the Association for Electrical Engineering (VDE) tells atechbook.
Overheating harms smartphones
Only who uses his cell phone correctly , has also long something from the device. “The functioning of my cell phone can be affected by large temperature differences such as overheating. This can damage the product and lead to premature aging,” explains Ripperger. Specifically, the performance of the battery can suffer, he said, shortening its lifespan and allowing only limited use. Cell phone user manuals tell you how to use your smartphone properly.
“Many phones detect the temperature rise and shut down prematurely. However, this means that the full charging power is not achieved,” says Ripperger. If customers persistently fail to handle the device the way the manufacturer says they should, they risk the phone not working as it should. “A string of errors can become dangerous,” explains Jürgen Ripperger.
Police warn against smartphone in bed
In recent years, the New York Police Department has also warned time and again about the dangers of users charging their smartphone in bed. Especially if the smartphone is under a pillow or the bedspread, the increased heat can have dire consequences. The pictures of burnt and scorched cell phones in bed should enlighten all users. The police warned on the news service Twitter that the phones can even explode in the process and thus seriously injure the sleeper.
“It must always be clarified exactly what the causes were,” commented Jürgen Ripperger. It can be assumed that the cell phone was not handled properly in such cases. But errors on the part of the manufacturer can also be the cause in individual cases.
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The smartphone as a sleep partner
According to a study by the University of Koblenz-Landau, every fourth teenager has a cell phone under their pillow. However, the smartphone is not suitable as a sleep partner because it can trigger health problems such as sleep disorders. Even before sleeping, reaching for the cell phone should be taboo. As American researchers found out, the quality of sleep decreases if you look at your cell phone before sleeping. And let’s be honest: At least we can declare our bed a cell phone-free zone.