As we all know smartphones are in trend and in this era everyone is utilizing it. Smartphones have also replaced our many other pieces of equipment like an alarm clock, calculator, diaries, page reader, mostly home landlines, camera, and so on. All of these applications reduce battery power quickly, in this busy schedule people prefer to have a high WATTS battery which demands super-fast charging for stable battery life.
Companies are focusing on providing these specifications by improving their charger’s power to fast charging technology. In recent times these mobile companies are providing approx. 100W to 125W charging power which takes 1 to 1.5 hours to charge a full battery. Customers are only buying these fast chargers to save their time but what they are not realizing that these high watts charging technology can corrupt your device and it can melt burn these chargers or set your smartphone on fire.
The technique named as a Bad power attack was discovered by the researchers of Chinese tech giant Tencent, they exposed this unguarded technology. It was mentioned that this firmware of fast charging technology can be a reason to melt or set devices on fire. They have also mentioned different vulnerabilities that were found during their research like Google, Safari, and Firefox in their published report.
UNDERSTAND: How this BadPower technique ruins your devices.
First, learn how a simple charger works. Simple chargers supply constant DC or pulsed DC power source to charge a battery. These chargers take a long time to charge and are not so expensive. Therefore, these chargers take long enough to charge a battery they are also defined as safely designed for technological devices, they do not burn or attack your devices but anyhow it will make your device’s battery weakened or even over-charging can destroy batteries.
To avoid these problems companies are producing fast battery chargers to attract customers and we as customers, do not realize that these exceeding watts can also have an immense impact on our devices. These companies claim that these chargers are safe to use and contain cooling fan within to keep the device safe and cool but instead, these high watts can damage, melt, bend, and burn the following devices. The reason behind this BadPower technology pushes these charger’s parameters and temper to a higher voltage to handle fast charging.
These fast chargers ease your life while may ruining your expensive technological assets slowly. Daily use of these chargers harms the devices that we cannot notice before its clearly visible.
Moreover, it can also harm your health by these high raises voltage power and if we do not take care, these chargers can burn our phone while people use it when it is on charging.
A test was performed by the Tencent research team, they collected 35 fast chargers from 234 models from the market’s different vendors in which 18 models were vulnerable to melt burn devices as a result. Although, this BadPower flaw can be fixed in few fast chargers by firmware update these vendors did not ship chips with updated options of firmware, which results in problems in fixing this vulnerability or cannot be fixed ever in those technological devices.
This whole scenario warns all the users of the fast charger to take care of their devices. Plus, I recommend asking questions while buying these chargers are safe or not or if it came along with guarantee because we never know what is happening around us. No one should take risks with the seller’s irresponsibility.
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