If you haven't heard, a local school had an incident where a battery on a school-issued Chromebook melted down and smoldered on a school bus (click here for the article).
This is an issue that can happen to more than just Chromebooks. Lithium-Ion batteries (the culprit) are in just about every device we use today, from toothbrushes, cellphones, cars, and more.
Here are some tips to prevent a battery from exploding or becoming damaged:
Use the manufacture recommended charger (this is a big one!)
Inspect the device for physical damage. Look for swelling, cracks, etc. the battery will start to swell if it has been damaged or is having issues.
Be aware of the temperature of the battery. Regularly check the temperature while charging by placing your hand on the device. The device should be warm but not too hot to touch.
General Charging Tips for Chromebooks and Cell Phones
Do not charge in a bed or on cloth materials!
Always charge in an area that allows for ventilation. Do not charge devices near heaters or wrapped up in blankets.
Even though overcharging will not happen with modern devices, it is still a good idea to unplug a fully charged device. This allows the battery to get below 100% and "breath" a little.
According to an article from Consumer Reports, the chances of a Li-ion battery exploding are 1 in a million. Your chances of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 13,000. So the odds are in your favor but these incidents do happen. It is important that as we adopt more devices with batteries, we take the small steps needed to reduce the impact when a battery has an issue.
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