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A Blast From the Past: Are New Samsung Phones Safer From Blowups?

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Each year sees various mobile companies releasing new smartphones – Samsung phones among them. Samsung, with a market capitalization of about $443 billion as of January 2022, is one of the biggest players in the mobile phone industry.

As successful as it is, Samsung has its own share of issues and PR nightmares, one of which is some of its phones blowing up and/or catching on fire. This 2022, Samsung has been greatly hyping up the market with its series of new phone releases. But in the midst of all the excitement, are these newer versions actually safer?

Samsung Cell Phones’ Battery Stability History

The issue involving Samsung phones, specifically in connection with their battery, is not exactly new. Samsung has faced backlash, not to mention great loss, in the past due to its battery-related issue. The 2016 incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most infamous incidents.

Following the report that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users’ phones are blowing up, literally, tech authorities and regular consumers alike made a point to look into the matter. Eventually, similar incidents cropped up.

Samsung’s marketing team, caught in a PR nightmare, went into a frenzy. Samsung eventually expanded its product recall and launched refund and exchange programs. The industry giant took great measures to prove its renewed, more vigilant battery testing capability in the succeeding months and years.

True enough, Samsung did double its efforts to address the root cause of the issue. But though the number of phone blasting or battery-blowing up cases has declined, the fact that there are still complaints here and there continues to trigger worries and distrust. Hence, it’s not just about the trauma caused by the 2016 scandal. So long as history keeps repeating itself, regardless of whether the frequency or gravity has reduced, the fear for one’s safety would still creep in at some point.

Samsung Phones 2022 Still Blowing Up? The Saga Continues

Yes, after the Note 7 blast, the fatal battery issues continue to plague Samsung devices, including the recent Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as the fold and flip series. Unfortunately, the Note 7 incident wasn’t a one-off or an isolated case. And what’s more bothersome is that the mishap seems to be not yet completely addressed.

Other/new complaints continue to surface on social networking sites like Youtube and Twitter. Apparently, despite the high-definition graphics, high-performance programming, and high-end designs, the battery issue supersedes. And of course, more than just joining this trending “tech strike”, Samsung users are concerned for their and their loved one’s safety.

Some influencers and tech experts/enthusiasts like YouTubers MrWhoseTheBoss, MKBHD, and SnazzyLabs have discovered that even their old Samsung phones that haven’t been used for some time started to bloat out of nowhere. Following their tweets and videos are similar protests from various other regular Samsung users. The S22, for instance, though relatively new, already has a fair share of battery-related issues. Some claim their Samsung S22 drains abnormally fast and some already see slight swelling of batteries.

Samsung Phones’ Battery Swelling – Should You Be Concerned?

Image via Mrwhosetheboss/YouTube.

The mere fact that Samsung devices can potentially blow up should be enough to worry users and enthusiasts of these sleek smartphones. Some, however, are willing to oversee this “defect” because of the various smart and innovative features that Samsung offers – from high-definition cameras to high-resolution graphics to high-performance operating systems to high-quality hardware parts.

But let’s take a closer look at the statistics. Samsung is one of the biggest manufacturers of smartphones and other electronic gadgets in the market. This means that there are over a billion Samsung devices worldwide. Based on recent complaints and surfaced issues, about 25% of these could explode if not properly addressed soon.

This means that there’s a probability of around 250 million blasts from all over the world due to the battery-related issues of these Samsung devices. Now that’s something to be concerned about. Not to mention the fact that even newer versions are starting to show signs of battery defects.

Which Samsung Phones are Blowing Up?

Aside from the controversial Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which is now banned across all US fights, here’s a list of other Samsung phones with records of battery swelling and potential blow up.

  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Galaxy Note S9
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy Note S7
  • Galaxy A21
  • Galaxy A20e

Why are Samsung Phones Blowing Up?

Previous problems with Samsung phone explosions were eventually connected to a battery cell issue. Apparently, the lithium-ion battery on certain Samsung devices may overcharge and explode, causing fire or severe burns. Here are some possible causes of lithium-ion battery short circuits.

Credits: https://fossbytes.com/infographic-samsungs-note-7-phone-explosion-reason/
  • Deflected negative electrode.
  • Incorrectly located negative electrode (outside the planar area).
  • High welding burrs on the positive electrode.
  • Missing/lacking insulation tapes.
Credits: https://fossbytes.com/infographic-samsungs-note-7-phone-explosion-reason/


What Does Samsung Have to Say?

The battery issue on Samsung Galaxy models has gravely affected the brand image and reputation Samsung has carefully established over the years. It was indeed a promising-innovation-of-the-century that turned into a permanently-scarred-nightmare.

Samsung did initiate thorough investigations to address these issues. With all fairness to this tech giant, they didn’t take this matter lightly. After the Note 7 incident, they released official statements about what actually happened. It appeared that the main issue was a misfit. They admitted they rushed the release of Note 7 and that its battery ended up too large for the device which resulted in overheating.

As soon as they heard of the explosion and swelling issues, they implemented an immediate recall of all launched Galaxy Note 7s with a refund and compensation for damages. Samsung has also enhanced its battery testing and device QA processes.

They’ve tried to release the same device with a different battery afterward but it barely covered up the nightmare and trust issues. And while no official statements have been made yet, the Galaxy S22 Ultra Series seems to replace the Note Series.

Samsung still has a long way to go, but they are exhausting all its resources to gradually earn back its credibility and trustworthiness.

Conclusion

Such incidents are basically out of users’ control. Nevertheless, be sure to take precautionary measures and optimize the overall usage of your phone. And this does not only apply to Samsung devices as there are actually several electronic gadgets/devices that showed similar issues. This list includes;

  • Amazon Fire Tablets
  • Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter
  • Beats Pill XL Speaker
  • Hoverboards
  • Google Nest
  • Intel Basis
  • McDonald’s Fitness tracker
  • Microsoft Surface Pro Chargers
  • Sony Batteries in Dell Laptops
  • Xbox 360

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Samsung phones are blowing up?

The Samsung devices with records of battery-related issues include Z Fold 2, S10, S6, S7 Edge, Note S9, Note 8, Note S7, Note 7, A21, and A20e.

  • What Samsung phones have been recalled due to the blow-up issue?

Due to the 2016 incident, Samsung recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Note S7, and the S7 Edge.

  • Should I be considered with the latest Samsung galaxy phones?

So far, there are no official complaints or records of battery-related blow-ups. However, some consumers have seen battery swelling on S8, 10e, S10 5G, and Z Fold 2.

  • Are there precautionary measures users can take to prevent their phones from exploding?

Manufacturing defects or power source issues can’t be prevented or addressed by regular phone users. However, to optimize your device, be sure to avoid storing it in extreme temperatures, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, maintain good battery life by charging between 30-80%, only use official/recommended chargers, use a high-quality phone case, keep OS up-to-date, and keep it safe from battery-draining malware.

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