- a 5 reasons why you shouldn’t leave your charger plugged in
- 2 strong heating
- 3 Influence of voltage drops
- 4 Reduced lifespan
- five Electricity consumption
- 6 Danger for children and pets
5 reasons why you shouldn’t leave your charger plugged in
Millions of people leave chargers plugged in and think it’s just normal. And, in most cases, nothing really bad happens. So, is it worth believing these scary stories that regularly appear on social networks and the media? Are there any reasons to worry?
Almost all loaders are equipped with an integrated fire protection system. But if the charge is not original and its quality is in doubt, you should not rely on the flawless operation of this system.
When the charger is idling, most of the energy supplied to it is spent on heating it. Many people do not attach much importance to the fact that the body of the device is heated, considering this to be quite normal. However, the temperature of the “padding” of a faulty load can reach such values that some of its parts and the case begin to melt. This can cause a short circuit, which will lead to the ignition of the device and, as a result, a fire.
Influence of voltage drops
The charger, like all electrical devices, is sensitive to network overvoltages, the causes of which may be:
• simultaneous switching on or off of powerful electrical appliances;
• breakdowns at transformer stations;
• unreliable grounding of the house communication panel;
• poor quality electrical wiring;
• lightning strike in a power line.
Due to a strong voltage drop, charging may not only fail, but also catch fire. So, one of the weak points of the device can be poor-quality or expired capacitors, which sometimes even explode due to strong voltage surges.
Most manufacturers claim that the “lifetime” of their chargers exceeds 50,000 hours. That is, the load can work continuously for 6 years, both in active and inactive mode, and nothing bad will happen to it.
Of course, the life of the device will be longer if it is periodically disconnected from the network. But what is that for ? For such a long time, gadgets charged with this charge will fail or become obsolete.
However, all this only applies to original chargers that do not have factory defects. “Left” and poor quality magazines can run out of resource much sooner and become unsafe to use due to wear.
The common misconception that a charger left plugged in consumes no power is wrong. Energy, although minimal, is wasted. Recharging, at idle, consumes a thousand times less than a conventional bulb. But disconnecting the device from the network will still help reduce energy costs, especially if there are many such devices and they work all year round.
Danger for children and pets
A plugged-in charger poses a real threat to young children and pets. A child, driven by curiosity and the urge to explore, may try to insert sharp metal objects into the connectors of the device or cut the cord with scissors. It is also possible that he pulls the charging connector into his mouth and that the saliva, once inside, becomes an excellent conductor of current.
In addition, children and animals can gnaw on the wire of the device and not only ruin it, but also get a noticeable electric shock. Although the charging current and voltage are much lower than those of a conventional electrical network, under certain circumstances they can even lead to adverse consequences for human or animal health.
Of course, it is impossible to avoid all possible dangers when using the load. But in order to minimize the risks, you should not save on the purchase of original devices and leave them plugged into the network all the time and unattended.