- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 10/19/2021
We've all experienced an overheated battery at some point, most likely in a cell phone or other digital device. What most people don't realize is that when a battery gets hot, it's a sign that something is wrong. Today, we'll be examining what causes a battery to get hot and what you should do about it once it happens. Obviously there are far too many types of batteries to tackle in a single blog, so for our purposes today we'll be taking a look at two of the most commonly used varieties: alkaline and cell phone batteries.
There are a number of different reasons why an alkaline battery begins to overheat. Something as simple as incorrectly inserting the battery into a device's battery box can cause it. It's also possible that the battery has suffered a short circuit, which can happen if the battery comes in contact with something metal. Once the battery experiences a short, it will begin to discharge very quickly and heat up due to this rapid flow of current. That's why it's important that you never store batteries in a location that contains loose change or other metal objects.
No. If you notice that a battery is overheating, you need to remove it from the device immediately and set it somewhere to cool down. Once it has cooled, you should recycle the battery at your nearest Batteries Plus or in accordance with your state and local regulations. Visit our blog for additional tips on how to handle expired or leaking batteries.
Follow these tips to help prevent damage and keep your alkaline batteries from overheating.
Hot weather is one of the most common causes of overheating. Be sure to avoid leaving your phone in direct sunlight or in a hot car. It's also possible that you're overworking your phone. Running too many apps at one time can overwhelm your phone's Central Processing Unit, causing the battery to heat up. Games, in particular, can be very hard on your hardware. If your phone is constantly heating up, it could also mean that you have issues with your hardware or that your battery is past its prime.
If your phone's battery gets too hot, it can lead to a number of problems. For starters, it can drain your battery and if it continues for long enough, shorten its overall lifespan. An overheating battery can also force your phone to shut down suddenly or prevent it from restarting. In extreme cases, your phone's Central Processing Unit can start to melt if it reaches a high enough temperature.
If your phone starts to overheat, follow these steps to safely cool it down again:
So, what do you do if you've tried everything mentioned above and your phone is still generating too much heat? At that point, it's probably time to take it to a professional. The experts at your neighborhood Batteries Plus can help diagnose what's wrong and fix the issue. Oftentimes, a simple battery replacement is all it takes to get your phone back to operating properly. Book your cell phone repair online or stop in to your nearest store.