You may have heard any number of warnings about how and how not to charge your smartphone. Forget them all. There are a lot of myths floating around about phones and cell phone accessories from people who don?t really know anything about tech.
Three Myths About Charging Your iPhone
- It is dangerous to use a non-Apple charger: You have probably heard that charging your iPhone with off-brand cell phone cables can be harmful to your device, but this is not necessarily true. It is entirely safe to use a charger from a trusted company other than Apple if it is labeled ?Made for iPhone/iPad.? Just make sure you are not using cheap knockoff lightning cables or chargers; they are usually less expensive because they lack the safety mechanisms in the internal circuitry.
- Do not use your phone while you are charging it: The myth that doing this could be dangerous came as a result of one isolated incident in which a plugged-in device exploded while in use. What they don?t tell you about this story, however, is that the user was charging his phone with a knockoff charger and that is what caused damage to the phone. The act of using a phone while it is charging is not dangerous in itself.
- You cannot charge your iPhone with an iPad charger: Actually, charging your phone with an iPad charger will speed up the process and will not cause any harm at all. In fact, you can charge an iPhone 6 in half the time by using a 12-watt iPad charger.
Next time you hear a piece of advice about cell phone cables, lightning cables, bulk USB cables, take it with a grain of salt and do your own research. There are certain safety hazards that come with today?s high-tech accessories. For instance, damaged and frayed cables can be a fire hazard. Up to 53,600 home fires were started in 2008 as a result of electrical malfunctions. This is why you need to know how to care for and maintain your phone and cables. Smartphones usually have a lifespan of around two years, but they can fail much sooner if you fail to take proper care of your accessories.
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