Can Chargers Brick Electronics?

Can you brick your device using the wrong charger?

Learn why you need to use the correct charger for your device.

Episode #12-44 released on July 15, 2022

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Most devices use lithium batteries now, but regardless of the battery, the actual charging port is the most important part of your device. Too little power and your battery will not be charged, too much power and you risk damaging the battery or changing port.

Let us start from beginning, what is too little power mean?

There are a bunch of factors that will determine if the device is receiving too little power to charge the device in question. The longer the cable, for instance, the more resistance there will be. You will, also, need more power to saturate the cable to bring the power to the device. If you have a 12-foot cable and only a basic 1-A basic apple charger, you will not be charging anything soon.

What is too much power? Your device has a rating of how many amps it can receive safely. Exceeding this will either trip internal fuses or damage the device. Normally, the charging port is what gets damaged, but this all depends on the amount of power applied. If your device is rated for 12 volts of input and you plugged it into a 24-volt source, it would undoubtedly cause more damage, than if you connected it to 13 volts of power.

Then there is the battery itself. Slow and fast charging has their place. Fast charging is great for getting on your way, but it ages the battery prematurely. It does this by saturating the battery with too much energy too quickly and the extra power also heats up the battery. A slower charger will age the battery much slower than a fast charger. It is causing less damage by adding new energy slowly and it also does not heat up the battery as much. Because slow chargers also have less power in the charging brick, they are also not as likely to damage the charging circuit, too.

Wondering how one damages the charging port at home?

Use a power brick that has a significantly higher amperage than the maximum rated charging input. This is, thankfully, less common now with USB charging standards, but it is definitely possible with other charging devices.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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