According to a new study conducted by Institute of NBC Defence in the US and Tsinghua University in China, more than 100 toxic gases are produced by the batteries inside various gadgets. Dubbed as fatal and dangerous, the 100 toxic gases are found inside smartphones and tablet
During the research, scientists found that lithium batteries expose over 100 toxic gases, which includes carbon monoxide. These gases can cause serious irritations to the skin, eyes, and nasal passages in addition to harming the natural environment.
The researchers are of the view that many people are unaware of the potential dangers of overheating. Moreover, it is not advisable to make use of third-party chargers to supply power to their smartphones because of compatibility issues. They found that lithium-ion batteries are replaced in two billion consumer gadgets every year.
Commenting on the development, Jie Sun, lead author and professor at the Institute of NBC Defence revealed that lithium-ion batteries are being actively promoted by many governments all over the world. This is because they are regarded as a viable energy solution to power everything from electric vehicles to mobile gadgets.
Since the lithium-ion battery is used by millions of families worldwide, it is essential to know about the risks involved in the use of the batteries, adds Sun.
Such dangerous substances, in particular, carbon monoxide, have the potential to cause serious harm within a short period of time if they leak inside a small, sealed environment, such as the interior of a car or an airplane compartment.
According to Sun, a fully charged battery will release several toxic gases than a battery which is half charged. The more you charge the battery, the more is the risk of overheating and explosion.
If you look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, the battery was the main culprit since it emitted a huge amount of heat in such a way that to cause explosions.
To fix the problems associated with batteries, you need to identify the gases produced and the reasons for their emission. This will enable manufacturers to take the required steps to reduce toxic emissions since lithium-ion batteries are used worldwide.