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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!

Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Sep 12, 2019

Mismatched Charger Warning

Do you remember how often we used to hear about hover boards catching fire and causing lots of damage?

The popularity of the devices led to a rush of off-shore companies to get anything they could to market without much regard for testing or safety.

Improper charging systems with the wrong amperage connected to Lithium-Ion batteries is the most likely reason that we saw so many catching fire.

While most of us don’t have a need for a hover board, the issue that caused their problems can happen to anything you own that has a lithium ion battery.

We’ve seen lots of customers that ended up damaging their laptops, for instance, because they chose to use a cheap non-factory charger.

The damage can range from overheating to catching fire and it’s almost a guarantee to shorten the life of the battery.

Keep in mind, heat is an indicator of a battery problem, so if you notice that yours is getting very hot during the charging process, make sure you have everything checked out to avoid damaging your laptop.