Exploding phones are all well and good…OK, not really…but it makes things a heck of a lot easier if you know why they’ve been exploding…
A teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 conducted by the company looked into the reasons for the mysterious explosions of the phone and its battery.
The verdict? An “aggressive design” is to blame for the explosions.
(My imagination’s getting the better of me here and I’m just imaging a phone with a furrowed brow. Moving along.)
Apparently, the design of the now-defunct phone was such that, even during regular use, the battery was liable to compress. As such, the positive and negative layers of the battery, which are usually separated by layers of polymer, are allowed to touch.
According to Instrumental Tech, “If the positive and negative layers ever do touch, the energy flowing goes directly into the electrolyte, heating it, which causes more energy to flow and more heat – it typically results in an explosion.”
Eureka. An explosive discovery! (Sorry.)
Anywho, Instrumental continue to suggest that Samsung engineers might have known that their product was dangerous. But rather than fix the issue, instead opted to balance this risk with an attempt to maximise capacity. A move which was may have been brought on by their intense battle with Apple and the iPhone.
Samsung is one of the world’s largest technology companies and the fact that they could make such a big mistake suggests that no one is immune from error.
Well, there you have it. The explosive exposé on the cause of the Note7’s fiery failure. The new year will bring an official report on the incident from Samsung themselves, so keep an eye out for that one.