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Beware of storing your phone with battery left in?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Satires, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    I put the question mark up because I'm quite sure not all phones or batteries are like this.

    I haven't used my droid x for awhile and left the battery in it and left the spare battery in the charger (Unplugged) for about a couple of weeks. To my dismay, BOTH batteries puffed up! I'm getting ready to sell my trusty ole droid x and had to buy two batteries from Amazon.

    I did some research and turned up nothing, except one website (Which I now forget what site it was). They said that it could happen if a battery is left in an unused device.

    I saw a thread here by Cadillac man and the same thing happened to his droid x batteries.

    Is this an isolated thing?

    Here's a link to the other thread I am referring to, this happened to this guy as well. http://androidforums.com/classifieds/508559-sale-110-obo-droidx.html

  2. karandpr

    karandpr Android Expert

    If you are not going to use the device for 7 days or longer it is recommended to remove battery from device . It is written in Phone manuals usually and recommended by Phone service personnel I have encountered .
  3. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    I have left phones sitting for months and nothing like this has happened, but, after this incident I will heed that warning! :D

    What got me was the stand alone charger and how it made the other battery puff up as well (Shruggs).

    Makes me wonder how iphones and other such devices that have un removable batteries make it. :)
  4. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Android Expert

    Just sitting around unplugged won't make then puff up, although it's not great for them either. But being on a constant power supply with no power being drained from it will do that, and I'll bet it would on an iPhone just as easily as on any other phone.
  5. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    What's 'puff up?'
  6. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    All I know is, I left the phone turned off and stored it away for a couple of weeks. Same thing with the stand alone charger that was not plugged in. I left my spare battery in it as well. Both stored away. Something happened. Now I keep the batteries out and in a plastic bag.

    Previously? The phone was a daily driver and there were no signs of battery trouble. It happened to another member here. :)
  7. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    The battery was oversize, like someone inflated it with air! lol :)
  8. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert

    My Droid 2 had set for about 2 years until I let someone borrow it.
    My DX has been sitting since December, but I've used it twice.

    The batteries are still in both, no issues.
  9. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    Hmmm... Must be an isolated random thing then. I do drive my phones hard with data and what not. I rarely charged the batteries with the phone because I had the stand alone charger to charge the batteries. When one went dead, I just swapped em out. Truly wireless! lol :D

    Thanx for letting me know your experience. :)
  10. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    Oh, how very drool. Though that doesn't make much sense. How could the battery inflate..puff up when it was in the phone?
  11. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

  13. kool kat2

    kool kat2 Android Expert

    Happened to D1! Had to pry the battery out and break the cover lol
  14. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    No,it went out of warranty in January. It's cool though, I got used batteries that are fine from amazon for 8 bucks. :) I'll be selling it dirt cheap soon, I don't use it anymore and I don't see the point in keeping it as a spare because I live in a 4g area. :)
  15. McHoffa

    McHoffa Lurker

    I had the same thing happen with my Droid X. Got new phones last fall. I put the Droid X on my desk, unplugged, as it's on an extra line we got for my daughter but she isn't taking it with her yet. Didn't use it for a couple weeks and plugged it in and noticed that it looked like there was water under the screen, which I Googled and found out was due to swollen battery.

    Sure enough, I could barely slide off the cover. I ordered a new battery on amazon, and it worked fine, but again I didn't use the phone for a while and within a few days of the battery draining and the phone turning off, I noticed the "wet spot" on the screen again, and the new battery is swollen.

    That's a terrible design flaw in the batteries if you ask me, and from what I read in some places, a swollen battery means it could burst! It's not like I left the thing plugged in. It was just sitting for a few days (a couple weeks if you count the time it took to drain the battery in standby) with no use.
  16. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Are these bulging batteries original genuine Motorola ones or some cheapo third-party things? If they're from Amazon, probably the latter. May even be counterfeit Motorola batteries.
  17. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    Yes, one of the two batteries came with the phone. The other battery was also a motorola battery I picked up off of amazon. :)
  18. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    Exactly! My droid x and spare charger (Both unplugged) sat for about two weeks. When I went to do something with the phone, that's when I found both batteries swollen. :(
  19. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    I wonder if this is a MOTO issue o_O Most of the people have faced with this issue has a Moto phone.
  20. Satires

    Satires Android Expert
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    Yeah, all these phone manufacturers get a bad batch of phones. Kinda like car companies, they all make great cars, sometimes you get a lemon. :)

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