How To Keep Your Wireless Headphones From Exploding
Wireless Headphones Have a Battery…
Wireless headphones are an increasingly popular option. In fact, last year Bluetooth headphone sales surpassed those of traditional wired headphones in the U.S. for the first time. I’m sure Apple’s decision to kill the headphone jack on last year’s iPhone 7 had something to do with that… Headphone jack or no headphone jack, going wireless is convenient and gets rid of that annoying cable that snags on everything and gets tangled into a knot at the worst possible times.
But, going wireless means batteries. Usually Lithium-ion batteries. And as we learned from Samsung’s unfortunate Galaxy Note 7 episode, Lithium-ion batteries can explode and catch fire. With the report of wireless headphones catching fire while being worn by a woman on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne –causing burns, smoke and singed hair– many people are now looking suspiciously at their cool new Bluetooth cans.
There are some simple steps you can take to avoid becoming the next victim of exploding wireless headphones.