F . Crew05 Oct 2022, 13:28:58 IST
Our electronic devices rarely fail and explode. But when it does, it explodes in a really bad way, often fatal. The case of the TV explosion in Ghaziabad, which killed a 16-year-old boy, and injured others, is a stark reminder of how important it is to take care of electrical appliances, and even when they are asymptomatic, they can prove fatal.
Electrical devices exploding without warning is nothing new. This stands out, however, because TVs rarely go off. However, this does not mean that it cannot explode. Anything that runs on electricity, has capacitors, generates heat, can explode, sometimes fatal.
We take a look at some common electrical and household appliances that can explode without warning.
Electric vehicles should rank first on this list. Being optimistic about electric vehicles such as e-scooters and battery powered cars, we have to bear in mind the fact that the battery management system in most electric vehicles has not been designed according to India’s heat and humidity, given that most It is developed on the basis of international designs.
When they err, and they may actually err, they can be very fatal. There are many cases of people who lost their lives due to spontaneously burning electronic scooters.
Old refrigerators and air conditioners
Old refrigerators tend to explode. In fact, it was the compressors used in refrigerators to cool everything down that generated a lot of heat. In addition, most condensers use gases that can be highly flammable, especially at high temperatures and pressures. The same goes for old air conditioners. This is why regular maintenance and inspections of old refrigerators and air conditioners are so important.
Smartphone batteries have evolved a lot, especially in terms of of capacity and charging times. Unfortunately, this led to a scenario, where the battery health plummeted. There have been numerous instances of smartphone batteries exploding while they are being charged, used regularly, or simply when they are doing nothing at all.
Given the close proximity we hold our smartphones to, it only makes sense to monitor battery health and take proper care while charging your device.
Usually, TVs, especially new LED lights, don’t usually go off. However, there are some conditions When the TVs explode Because they use very strong capacitors. Televisions can explode if they are poorly repaired, use a faulty capacitor, are used for long periods of time without proper cooling, and during extreme voltage fluctuations.
Heaters have become very safe, but gas water heaters and some electric heaters tend to explode. As always, if it is poorly repaired, or has serious manufacturing defects, the chances of an explosion increase exponentially. Heaters, when turned on and do not contain any water are like pressure cookers. Hence, you should operate the heaters only when they have an active water connection running and you should also have them checked and maintained regularly, by an appropriate and qualified technician.
Microwave ovens use a very powerful heating element. Usually, it is safe to use. However, people are often not very keen on using microwaves. It is very dangerous to put some material in the microwave, and everyone knows that. However, people often use metal containers to heat food inside microwave ovens.
Finally, there are laptop batteries. Laptop batteries have more capacities, especially when compared to mobile phone batteries although the mAh ratings might make you think otherwise. Laptops usually have great battery management systems, but when they fail, they can fail spectacularly.
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