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3 Myths About Workplace Phone Charging
In this day and age, our mobile devices are as attached to us as our heads. We carry our smartphones everywhere, and for those of us who spend a large portion of our time at work, having quick and convenient access to workplace phone chargers is a necessity. But convenience is lost when we have reoccurring concerns about the safety of our phones while charging at work. Here are three debunked myths about charging your phone at work, to help ease your mind.

Myth 1: If left plugged in, my phone will overcharge and damage the battery.

What if you have a meeting that lasts longer than expected? Or what if you go out to lunch and want to leave your phone behind to charge? Many fear in these circumstances if the phone is left to overcharge, permanent damage to the battery may occur. However, there’s good news. When a modern smartphone is fully charged, it knows when to stop the current from coming in to prevent overcharging (1). The average smartphone today uses lithium-ion batteries, which cannot be overcharged (2). So fear not if you need to attend a long conference call or lunch meeting, or just want some time away from your phone to focus on work, you can leave it charged for a long period of time without worrying about overcharging and your battery will be as healthy as ever.

Verdict: Your mobile device is SMART and knows when to stop charging.

Myth 2: Phones overheat and there's nothing we can do about it.

Okay, this one we actually have to pay attention to. Lithium-ion batteries can react poorly to elevated temperatures and charging your phone does raise that temperature. But the good news is the solution to this problem is very simple. Even though the batteries in our phones can be known to overheat, this only tends to occur when there is a protective case around the phone that does not allow the heat to escape. If you have a heavy-duty case on your device, make sure to take it off before charging — especially if you need to leave it charging on its own for a little while.

Verdict: Remove the protective phone case before charging to avoid worries of overheating.

Myth 3: If I leave my phone alone in my office, it can get hacked.

Hopefully you work in an environment where you can trust your coworkers. But maybe you have a large office where you don’t know everyone very well. Or more realistically, your work friends like trying to hack into your phone just to mess with you. Get the last laugh by locking your phone with a passcode combination. Or take it a step further, by adding a fingerprint scanner. Almost all modern iPhone and Android models have easy-to-install fingerprint scanners that ensure the only person with access to your phone is you. Proper security practices can bust this myth easily.

Verdict: Locking your phone has never been easier, meaning you can rest easy knowing your data is secure.
So, next time you’re at work, charge your phone with ease, knowing it will be fully healthy and secure when you return to your desk.

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