After the Galaxy Note7 disaster, Samsung has committed itself to ensuring all devices have passed their stringent 8-point battery safety check. Over in the US, some Galaxy Note8 devices are now facing a different kind of problem.
According to several comments on forums, some users are unable to charge their Galaxy Note8 after their batteries are completely drained to 0% charge. Whether it is by cable or by wireless charging, nothing is showing up on their screen as it refuses to charge.
In the past, fast-charging was something you could only find on flagship smartphones. Unless you’re on iPhone, but even Apple’s caught up there too. The beauty of technology is that as time goes on, these “flagship features” start trickling down to the smartphone range.
As more people gain access to handsets that have fast-charging, the demand for fast-charging grows and that’s where third-party accessory makers like Aukey and Anker thrive — what with all the recommendations from popular YouTubers.
Then there’s Tronsmart, which is a brand that doesn’t really get as much coverage as the others do. But, in my experience they make some solid products.
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During the weekend, a 19-year old was reported to be found dead while sleeping with his phone while it was being charged by a power bank. Unlike other cases of electrocution from a direct charger, many were surprised that a power bank could possibly be the cause of death.
With a typical power bank pushing 5V 2A, it is definitely safer than a wall socket charger and most people believe it isn’t enough to kill anyone. Unfortunately, for some power banks, it could be more dangerous than you think.
According to a report by NST, a 19 year old boy was found dead in his room while sleeping with his phone. His mother tried to to wake him up at 7am but there was no response. After unlocking his door, she found her son lying motionless in his bed.
While the rest of the world mourns the death of MagSafe on the new MacBook Pro, I’ve been trying to find out how useful this feature would be on our smartphones. More specifically, I’ve been testing the Baseus Insnap Magnetic Cable.
I think most of us are guilty of taking the occasional quick glance at our handsets while we drive. Perhaps it’s just to see if anyone replied that important email we just sent yet, or maybe it’s to see if your boss has discovered that you’re late for work.
But when people talk about the dangers of using your smartphone while driving, it’s no joke. In this latest motorway accident involving four cars in our neighbouring country Singapore, the main cause has been attributed to an iPhone charging cable getting tangled in a car’s steering wheel.
You know those times when you’ve accidentally dunked your smartphone in water and proceed to charge it shortly after? Nope, us neither. But still, once you’ve made a device water resistant, it doesn’t hurt that you’d prompt your customers that charging is imposible (yes, say it with a Spanish slang) – when it feels that your smartphone is a little on the wet side.
Seen on Reddit and Apple’s Support Communities, those who recently picked up Apple’s largest tablet offering, the iPad Pro have already started complaining of bad experiences while charging. But these issues usually come along with newly released products anyway – still, should you be worried?
Sony makes the best waterproof smart phones but charging them can be a chore with its flap covers for its ports. On the original Xperia Z and Xperia Z1, it wasn’t that bad as it is a small piece covering just the micro-USB port. However on the new Xperia Z2, the flap cover is now longer to cover an additional microSIM slot and it makes you worry about its durability in the long run.
Of course, you can avoid this by buying the magnetic charging dock which is quite expensive. However you would still face the same annoyance when charging the device with your battery pack or while travelling. To solve such issues, there’s a neat little adapter from DEFF (Design Evolution For the Future) which turns your standard micro-USB cable into a magnetic charging adapter. In Japan, it costs 1,380 Yen which is about RM43 but unfortunately they don’t ship internationally.
If you’re looking for cheaper alternative, there are similar products sold on DealExtreme for less than US$5.00. You can check them out here and they will ship it for free to Malaysia.