Exploding/Expanding Battery on the iPhone - Can it be avoided? Or will it happen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by StressedSnowCat, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. StressedSnowCat macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2013
    I just ordered myself an iPhone 5. Now I am a little worried when I read all these threads from people who have had their iPhone 3, 4 and 5 damaged by an expanding battery...

    Will the battery expand and damage the phone some day no matter what or does the battery only expand under extreme conditions/because it is faulty?

    The reason I am asking is because I'm the kind of person who uses the same phone for a very long time and plans on replacing the battery when it is dead to keep using the phone. But if the battery damages my iPhone 5 by expanding when it dies then I won't be able to use it anymore...

    So what is it, do all battery expand and damage the phone eventually?
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    No. There is a fractionally small non zero chance that it could happen, but it is a manufacturing fault. It is not inevitable.
  3. RoofMonkey911 macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Just be sure to use the supplied charger and not some cheap 3rd party knockoff and you will, more than likely, be fine.
  4. StressedSnowCat thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2013
    Thanks man! So if I take good care of it and replace the battery once it dies/weakens I could possibly get 5+ years out of my phone then?
    My provider does not subsidize phones so I had to pay full retail which is why I'd rather use it as long as I can get it to work. (650 bucks or half a months salary, ouch!)
  5. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning.
  6. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    There is nothing special you have to do to take care of. It's internal circuits handle that. Preventing deep discharge and overcharge.

    Depending on how heavy your use is, it's battery should even last you 5 years, albeit with degraded capacity. As the battery degrades, you just lose usage time, not increased risk of catastrophic failure.
  7. cynics, Aug 5, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013

    cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    The battery will just die (very very high chance) or fail and gas build up will cause expansion (very very unlikely). Regardless it will die eventually.

    Every standalone GPS unit I've ever had has eventually had the battery expand as it dies. Maybe something to do with them being in hot vehicles and exposed to the sun for long durations. I was able to save my Garmin because I knew it was happening because I could see the screen looking like there was pressure on it.
  8. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    You only read about the battery problems as people want some answers why or solutions. People who are not having a problem will not be posting. It is an extremely slim chance that a battery problem could arise for you. Do not worry about it and just enjoy your new phone.
  9. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    I'm curious.. does this only apply to batteries in the iPhone? The reason why I'm asking is because I still have all of my old smartphones ( Blackberry curve, tour, Samsung Blackjack ) and all 3 phone batteries have expanded.. it looks bloated.
    I have since thrown the batteries away in fear of exploding for some unknown reason.
  10. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I think all rechargeable batteries in general. I've had car batteries exploded, rechargeable AA batteries explode, RC car batteries explode, etc.

    I've never had an issue with a phone laptop or tablet yet. I usually replace a battery every year to year and a half in my devices including my iPhone.
  11. Sofeea26 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2013
    I just dropped the bottom half of my Iphone in soup. I had it in raw rice for about 3 mins. Earphones work, it still charges, but the speakers sound kind of crappy. Can my battery be damaged? The charging outlet at the bottom has a brown spot inside. Can it explode while charging or?
  12. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    What exactly would keeping it in raw rice for just 3 minutes do?
  13. H01D3N macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2013
    It is a very small chance that your battery will expand. I have had many Apple devices and not one of them has had this happen. But it is possible, just not very likely.


    The rice draws out any liquids from the phone.
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    But it won't do much in just 3 minutes.
  15. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not true.it is NOT a manufacturing defect at all. At least not in all cases. Faulty third party chargers, leaving a screw under the battery when getting a cheap replacement, continuing to try to charge a consumed battery, physical damage from a drop or being run over etc all can cause battery fires and/or expanding and non are due to manufacturing.
  16. H01D3N macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2013
    True. They say 15 minutes is the minimum.
  17. TheProFTW macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2013
    Washington, DC
    It's atleast 12 hours, it needs to suck moisture from inside the phone
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, the chances of having an exploding battery are ridiculously small.
  19. chris41 macrumors newbie


    Jun 13, 2016
    same here my friend i order the
    iPhone 5c model and i am extreme worried about all those news i heard so it is true??
    --- Post Merged, Jun 13, 2016 ---
    sorry for the big letters i was panic before.....tommorow afternoon i am waiting for my new iphone you know.....
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You just never know when the unlikely happens!
  21. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    We were struck by such lightning last weekend. Our 3.5 year old iPhone 5 woke up with a bulging screen.

    Took it to the Apple Store and they replaced it!
  22. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    What "news"? The news from 2013?

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