Following Galaxy Note 7’s fire episodes, Samsung has reviewed its smartphone safety standards for lithium-ion batteries. It also revised the quality assurance measures across its entire product development chain to enhance product safety. The company aims to reestablish dedication to safety to win back loyal fans.

Revised smartphone safety standards

8-Point Battery Safety Check:

Samsung’s upgraded 8-Point Battery Safety Check will look at product safety from assembly to shipment. Existing aspects reviewed under this quality assurance protocol are:

  • Durability test includes overcharging, nail puncture and extreme temperature tests
  • Visual inspection
  • X-Ray test to check for abnormalities
  • Disassembling test
  • △OCT test (Delta Open Circuit Voltage)

New smartphone safety measures:

  • Charge and Discharge test
  • TVOC test (Total Volatile Organic Compound) for voltage changes
  • Accelerated usage test: simulates device energy consumption

See the infographic below for more details.

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Multi-layer smartphone safety measures:

The upgraded multi-layer device safety standards protocol implements strict measures on each device component. These device quality assurance measures include:

  • design and materials
  • hardware strength, such as adding brackets and improving capabilities
  • software algorithms for safer battery charging temperature, current and charge duration

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New advisory committee:

Samsung also formed a new battery advisory committee of advisors which includes academic and research experts. According to the company, this advisory group is vital in boosting lithium-ion battery safety and innovation.

With these, Samsung aims to enhance the safety of lithium-ion batteries for the smartphone business. The company is also willing to share its experiences within the industry.

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