Waking up to a full battery on your iPhone is immensely satisfying. It’s probably one of the best ways to kickstart your day. But if it means leaving your phone to charge overnight, you may have to forfeit the satisfaction. Says who? Well, the manufacturers themselves: Apple.
But what could go wrong if iPhones charged through the night? According to Apple, quite a lot. Apple has warned its users against the popular practice citing potential harm to the body and destruction of property.
Top of the list of possible dangers is fire outbreak. As soon as you connect your phone to electricity, charges begin to flow from the power outlet into your device. These charges produce heat energy causing a rise in the phone’s temperature.
Continuous or overnight exposure to heat could be too much for the device to bear. Overheating may result, and your iPhone may explode in flames.
Equally risky is the practice of placing an iPhone under or next to our pillows or on the bed while we sleep. Power adapters and wireless chargers aren’t left out.
It is always safe to place your iPhone in places where it can breathe. Avoid placing the devices in hot and enclosed places, especially while reviving the battery.
In the same vein, Apple also warned users against placing their bodies in contact with their iPhones, especially when they are being charged. Prolonged exposure of skin to heat or warm surfaces can result in discomfort or injury.
A section of an Apple official memo hit the nail on the head. “Don’t sleep on a device, power adapter, or wireless charger, or place them under a blanket, pillow, or your body, when it’s connected to a power source. Keep your iPhone, the power adapter, and any wireless charger in a well-ventilated area when in use or charging. Take special care if you have a physical condition that affects your ability to detect heat against the body,” it read.
Apple’s warning has also been backed by the views of firefighting and prevention experts. These experts remind us of our inability to sense danger while we sleep. As a result, a charging phone could burst into flames which could spiral out of control before the individual is jolted out of sleep.
Secondly, these experts have drawn attention to the possible risk of slipping into unconsciousness from smoke inhalation in the event of a fire outbreak. The individual will be unable to respond to the fire emergency. Plus, their risk of danger in such circumstances becomes extremely high.
Another popular practice Apple warns customers against is the use of third-party chargers. These unofficial charging devices fall short of Apple’s safety standards. Hence, they are more susceptible to fire outbreaks or may cause damage to your iPhone.
While the acquisition of third-party chargers over those from the manufacturer may save some money in the short term, they could expose you to danger and incomparable losses if things go south. Same as the temptation of leaving your iPhone to charge overnight.