Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 After Batteries Explode

Tech-giant Samsung recalled its new Galaxy Note 7 after the battery started exploding on consumers.

The CPSC reported that Samsun received 92 reports of the batteries overheating and exploding in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you need to power down and take it back to your carrier as Samsung has started its recall of the Galaxy Note 7 that were issued before September 15th, 2016.

But Why Are Batteries Exploding?
You may be asking yourself, “Why are these batteries catching on fire?” Well, let’s get to the science behind cell phone batteries and why they could explode.

A battery is made up of a positive part (the cathode), a negative part (the anode), and a liquid or gel that separates the two (the electrolyte). The chemical reactions inside of the battery allow for the electrons to move around and create energy to power things–like our phones, laptops, and everything else that requires batteries.

Lithium batteries can be made incredibly compact and are also rechargeable, so that’s why they are used for all kinds of electronics–like cellphones and laptops and Tesla engines. The electrolyte, in this case, is a polymer structure that still allows for the flow of the lithium atoms in order to charge the battery anew. When the separator gets damaged and allows for the lithium atoms to move freely, it can cause a short-circuit, which then leads to more and more thermal chemical reactions which can then cause the battery to catch fire and/or explode.

Samsung reported that this issue was due to a manufacturing problem for the very first phones that were produced.

To protect you against exploding cell phone batteries, or most other injuries, a comprehensive battery is required in order to financially protect you against those expensive medical bills.

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