If you are on a long trip or just stuck in traffic, the ‘Low Battery’ symbol on your phone can make you frustrated and mad. Of course, you instantly plug your charger into the port on your car to enjoy uninterrupted entertainment on your phone. But did you know charging your phone in your car is not recommended by experts? Gumtree explains the adverse effects:
- When you plug your phone into a low-power USB port such as that in your car, it is taking in much more power than the port is capable of. This can result in your phone stalling or hardly charging.
- Using your car to charge your phone can also drain the car’s battery, depending on which phone you are using and how much power it requires. This is especially true in the case of older models of cars that are not capable of providing such huge amounts of power.
- Some people use the ‘cigarette lighter’ port, which can supply up to ten amps of power, to charge their phone. This excessive supply of electricity can cause your phone to overheat or result in sudden spikes.
- Finally, it is never considered safe to have a phone around you when you are driving. Getting distracted by that one text or WhatsApp can make you take your hands or eyes off the road, resulting in grievous accidents. Another reason to keep your phones away is the rising number of ‘smash and grab’ incidents on South African roads.
Thus, the bottom line is this: wait to get home and charge your phone. After all, the battery life of your vehicle and your safety is of the utmost importance.