Do you want to know why your charger is heating? If you are curious about this issue, this post might help you find out why your smartphone or any other device charger is heating and, due to this, what problems it may cause to your devices and charger.
I have listed 11 leading causes you should know about when you use chargers and feel it is heating too fast. But before you know that, you should know about the temperature.
When a charger is used to charge any device, such as a smartphone or a laptop, the temperature of the brick slightly increases. The average temperature of a charger when used is between 35°C – 40°C for a charger when it is used for charging. When it increases to more than 45°C, this could be a red flag, and you should immediately check what’s wrong with your charger.
Here are some of the possible reasons for it.
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1. Brand malfunction.
During manufacturing, the battery or some parts may get damaged, or a quality check is not done to the standards. Due to this, customers may sometimes gate a malfunctioned charger while using it may get hot quickly. You can return the product if you buy it at any offline store by checking the charger on the spot.
2. Using it for too long.
Chargers can heat it for a long duration, such as more than 8-10 hrs. We often leave our charger on the whole night to charge the phone. However, today’s chargers are smartphones and automatically stop drawing current.
During summers, with the temperature increase of the surroundings, it is common for all the electric devices to heat. The same thing happens when with chargers, too. They get heated up quite fast when we use them during the summer.
4. Using it in a cozy place.
When there is a lack of airflow, it is common to observe heating problems with electric devices. When you charge any device using the charger, ensure enough room is left for air to flow comfortably. Also, this airflow can help to cool down the device.
5. Socket problem.
Using sockets over time makes them old and loose from the inside. Sometimes when the plug doesn’t fit into the socket, it may get warm. The main reason is that a loose connection generates heat and heats the overall adapter.
Incompatibility happens when your device charging input is less than your charger output or vice versa. The energy is used to charge the device, and the rest is transformed into heat. Either your device battery or the charge will heat in this case.
7. Dirt or blockage in the connection.
With time dust and dirt accumulate in the adapter, which results in obstruction and improper flow of electricity through the wires. This could cause a heating problem in some devices too. If you want to avoid this, then regularly clean your charging ports and device pins.
8. Device problem.
When devices become old, they may cause many problems, and heating can be a significant factor. This is caused mainly due to battries as they don’t charge, the flow of energy gets disturbed, and you may also feel some heat developing on the charger.
9. Overusing it.
Overusing the same charger for multiple devices can make it heat quickly. I faced this issue while using the same charger during a night out. The main reason would be that we were not letting it cool down and using it continuously.
10. Voltage problem.
The fluctuation in voltage can change the temperature of the charger. When there is a sudden change in the voltage, it degrades the performance of the device and causes instability.
11. Cheap or duplicate charger.
Cheap chargers are made using low-cost materials such as aluminum. It conducts less electricity than copper wires and is 30% cheaper. Due to this, most companies use them to provide quantity and play with quality.
12. Transport defects.
Careless transportation of electrical products may break them internally and cause many problems. When you use it, the heating issue is among one the problems.
How to prevent it?
To prevent your charger from overheating, here are some tips that you can use.
- Use branded and genuine chargers.
- Using a charger in a free space where.
- Using it with a compatible device.
- Cleaning the charger regularly.