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Is it bad to use a smartphone while charging?

Charging while using smartphone good or bad

It is often common to see smartphone users glued to their device throughout a day nowadays, most especially today's teen. Smartphones have become one of the digital tools that can be used to carry out a lot of tasks in one's convenient space. Its portability, compactibility, and compatibility makes it an extensive tool for professionals and students alike. Because of its compact nature, it can be carry around anywhere, which makes it so much easier and flexible to use in any environment.

Moreover, we can have a lot of fun using our smartphone with tons of games readily available to chose from. Graphics design, blogging, video chatting, photography, social networking, web design, videography, gaming, health monitoring, calculations, and lots more can be done using our smartphone. But there is one crucial area where almost all smartphones failed to deliver, and that is the battery.

Battery issue is a general problem when it comes to smartphone. Their compactness is as a result of the small battery they packed most of the time, which results in low battery life between charges. Although, today's phone are more larger in size compared to the ones released few years ago, and they have larger batteries, the longevity of usage time between charges is still a major concern. This make users plugged in their phone to a power source while using the phone to get their work done if the phone does not have enough battery left.

The question now is, is it bad to use a smartphone while charging? Is it harmful in anyway to use our phone when plugged into a power source? The answer is, yes and no. It depends. Technology has greatly improved the standard of things and has made our gadgets more healthier and safer to use without complications. Also, extra measures have been applied by smartphone manufacturers to make sure that our device are safe to use in any given environment.

Notwithstanding, there are instances where common sense need to be applied when using our smartphone while charging. If there is one thing that can negatively affects our smartphone, it is heat. The ambient temperature has a lot to do with how our device are likely to react while in use regardless of the environment where we are using them. Heat is a major threat, and the compactness of our device does not help as this deny the free movement of air within the board and the carcass.

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Most smartphones experienced overheating when plugged in while in use, while some do not. It depends mainly on the build and the material used for the phone. Overheating can cause hazard that may be devastating to the environment. Moreso, it can negatively affect any part of the phone, especially the battery. Manufacturers know this of course - most tend to apply additional measures to curtain overheating which is mostly caused by the processor, such as liquid cooling, vapor cooling, fan cooling, air vent, or by using special heat dissipating materials.

Low-end cheap smartphones tend to lack these preventive measures, so it is inadvisable to use them while charging because the battery may degrade faster (the battery used are not of the best standard in most of the cheap smartphones) or got spoilt in excess use while charging. Another factor is fast charging. Fast charging have become rampant these days, it let us charge our smartphone faster within a short period of time. However, the voltage and current generated by fast chargers are usually high, combining this with the fast running CPUs while using the smartphone may cause overheating, which is likely to damage the battery in the long run.

Wireless charging is also one of the way we can charge our smartphone, though not all smartphones have this feature. Unlike wired chargers, they are less inconvenient to use while charging because the phone is required to be placed on a special pad before the charger can connect. The output wattage varies depending on the wireless charger used, although there are fast wireless chargers these days that can output up to 18W.

It is inadvisable to use a smartphone while using a wireless charger because it tends to heat far quicker than wired charger and is often hot most of the time while in use. The device back is directly placed on the pad, which brings the pad close to the battery compartment where the heat may impact the battery.

In conclusion, if you have something important to do on your smartphone and you have few battery juice left, you can plug in your smartphone, but do not use fast charging if your device supports it. Also, make sure you do what you want to do in time and leave the phone to fully charge before you use it again for better battery longevity and performance.

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