PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning cell phone users to be on the lookout for second hand or counterfeit lithium batteries that could cause fires.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said safety should be front and center when using lithium batteries because they are more sensitive to physical stress and need to be treated with more care.
The safety commission recommends to beware of websites and secondhand dealers, as many have been found to be selling counterfeit or poorly manufactured batteries.
Stay away from generic chargers, which can be a contributing factor toward battery deterioration. Normally when a battery is charged, the charger will cut off power. According to technology experts, a cheaper knock-off charger will sometimes continue to push voltage, possibly triggering a battery meltdown.
The safety commission also recommends not to let a loose battery come into contact with metal objects, as they can cross the electrical connections and cause an incident.
Also – remember to never leave your phone in a hot car.
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