Don’t charge your smartphone in bed at night!

Whether accidentally or deliberately. Many charge their smartphones next to them in bed. But if it slips under the pillow or blanket, it can be dangerous – for smartphone and owner!

Before going to bed, tap on the smartphone and then simply lay it in bed next to you. It is precisely this frequent behavior that harbors dangers – and not just because of the radiation. Because if you connect your smartphone to the charging cable in bed, you risk more than just a technical defect. “No device should be charged under such circumstances, as heat can build up. This can lead to critical conditions up to and including a fire, ”says Jürgen Ripperger from the Association for Electrical Engineering.

Overheating damages smartphones

Only those who use their mobile phone properly can benefit from the device for a long time. “The functionality of my mobile phone can be impaired if there are large temperature differences such as overheating. This can damage the product and lead to premature aging, ”explains Ripperger. In particular, the performance of the battery can suffer and thus shorten the service life and only allow limited use. The operating instructions for the cell phones tell you how to use your smartphone properly.

“Many cell phones recognize the rise in temperature and switch off prematurely. However, this means that the full charging capacity is not achieved, ”says Ripperger. If the customer persistently does not use the device as the manufacturer claims, he risks the cell phone no longer working as it should. “A string of errors can be dangerous,” explains Jürgen Ripperger.

Police warn of smartphone in bed

In recent years, the New York police have also repeatedly warned of the dangers that arise when users charge their smartphones in bed. The increased warmth can have dire consequences, especially if the smartphone is under a pillow or bedspread. The pictures of burned and charred cell phones in bed should enlighten all users. The police warned on the news service Twitter that the cell phones could even explode and seriously injure the sleeping person.

“It always has to be clarified exactly what the causes were,” comments Jürgen Ripperger. It can be assumed that the cell phone was not used properly in such cases. However, errors by the manufacturer can also be the cause in individual cases.

Also read: That’s why you should never charge your phone in bed

The smartphone as a sleeping partner

According to a study by the University of Koblenz-Landau, every fourth young person has a cell phone under the pillow. However, the smartphone is not suitable as a sleeping partner because it can cause health problems such as sleep disorders. Even before going to sleep, using your cell phone should be taboo. American researchers found that if you look at your cell phone before you go to sleep, the quality of sleep decreases. And let’s be honest: at least our bed can be declared a cell-phone-free zone.

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