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Overheated cell phone batteries can pose dangers

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Battery Source District Manager Karl Glass Battery Source District Manager Karl Glass
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The best thing you can do is be informed when it comes to battery safety on cell phones.

Battery Source district manager Karl Glass says user manuals are important, and they list all the dangers one could potentially run into with a device. He feels most applications we use safe and its part of the consumer's responsibility to make sure they are following directions and recommendations.

The key is to keep it away form anything that can trap heat and monitor it if you plan to charge it. That means breaking the habit of sleeping with devices or have them plugged in throughout the night

Glass says its important to make sure your devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones are being used in well ventilated areas, hard surfaces like tabletops are most ideal.

Those who constantly use internet, text, or take photos on their phone are more prone to develop a problem with their battery. They become much hotter than usual in high-use cases, and that's when swelling can occur.

"Most of the new ones are lithium-ion chemistry, and they got a little computer chip in the back of itself that controls the charge on your phone or whatever the application together with that computer chip to keep this thing from going too far," Glass said.

If you don't plan on using it for a long period of time, turn it off. Keeping it on with applications running can cause it to overheat, especially if you leave it in direct sunlight.

It all comes down on how the user takes care of the device. If you practice ways to keep the battery lasting longer, it could help you avoid replacement.

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