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.

prevent wireless headphones from exploding

Don’t cram your wireless headphones into a bag, use a protective case.

How to Keep Your Wireless headphones From Exploding

1.  Avoid the cheap, no-name wireless headphones. There are hundreds of these headphones available online. When they’re ridiculously cheap, there is obviously cost-cutting going on. Some savings may be achieved through inexpensive audio components (in which case they will sound terrible, too), but manufacturers may also cut corners on the Lithium-ion batteries, or the charging circuitry. Do you want those batteries strapped to your head?

2.  Use a protective case when packing. There’s a natural tendency to jam headphones into a bag as an afterthought. You could get away with this with wired headphones (aside from some scuffs), but Lithium-ion batteries that get crushed or have pressure applied to them can suffer from a short circuit that leads to a fire. When packing your wireless headphones, use a protective case to avoid this happening.

prevent wireless headphones from exploding

When transporting wireless headphones, use a protective case to prevent physical damage.