The Scary Reason You Shouldn’t Charge Your Phone On Your Bed

One teen risked her life just to have full bars in the morning. Find out why you never want to charge your phone in bed.

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Americans are totally addicted to their cell phones. According to the 2015


This always-on technology is difficult for some folks to step away from. With so many people using their phones every hour of every day, it’s not surprising that people sometimes charge their phones in bed. However, there are risks to keeping your cell close while you snooze.

A Teen Learns A Lesson The Hard Way

The year 2016 was full of stories about cell phones catching on fire. Samsung made the news when customers began reporting the Galaxy Note 7 kept overheating or even exploding. Of the 92 reportsiStock

of batteries overheating, 26 included phones caused burns, and 55 caused property damage.

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While news outlets have given the Galaxy Note 7 a lot of airtime because of its issue, other phones also create serious fire risks.

In June 2017, the Newton, New Hampshire Fire Department


Luckily, Chloe noticed the singe marks before anything serious happened. Everyone was fine, although we can’t say the same for the pillow case. Both Fergie’s and the Newton Fire Department’s posts were shared thousands of times, in a shared effort to make people aware of the seriousness of charging electronics in bed.

Science And Your Phone

We have physics to thank for the fact that our phones heat up when they charge. One property of physics states that movement generates heatNewton NH Fire Department/Facebook

, therefore the movement of electrons through the wires of your charger to your device causes it to warm up. While the generation of heat is unavoidable, some circumstances can make it downright dangerous.


Charging anything in bed becomes dangerous when the heat has nowhere to go. Pillows and blankets stifle air flow, allowing your phone to keep getting hotter and hotter. Under certain circumstances, this heat can cause a charger or battery to fail and burn its surroundings.

Don’t Get Burned

In addition to leaving your phone on a nightstand while charging, there are


Another cause of overheating is working a device too hard. Make sure there aren’t any unnecessary appsiStock

running in the background of your phone. Background apps are an extra stress on the hardware and will drain your battery. It’s also a good idea to give your phone a break every so often. Take it easy on your phone, and you shouldn’t have any problems, but no matter what you do, don’t charge the thing when it’s under your pillow.

Take it easy on your phone, and you shouldn’t have any problems. No matter what you do though, don’t charge the thing when it’s under your pillow.