Three Signs of Cellphone Neglect that Should Never Be Ignored

smartphone waterdamageOur cellphones travel with us everywhere – and, while many cellphone and smartphone manufacturers are trying to make devices more rugged, waterproof, and resistant to our clumsy hands than ever before, they certainly aren’t invincible. The problem with detecting cellphone damage or neglect is this: the damage isn’t always visible on the outside of the device. More often than not, electronic problems are contained within the delicate internal components of the phone, which in turn make things like water damage, corrosion, and component failure some of the hardest problems to spot. If you are looking into buying a used or refurbished phone, or just want to make sure your own device is well-maintained, be aware of these three signs of cell phone damage and neglect:

Cellphone Charging and Battery Connectivity

One simple test you can perform to see if a phone has been damaged or neglected is to plug the phone into a charger. If the phone has ever been seriously dropped, water-damaged, or abused, the battery and the connectors on the device could be broken. Everyday actions like pulling the phone off the charger incorrectly or overcharging the battery are some of the most common ways to unknowingly shortening a phone’s life. Water damage can also wreak havoc on a device’s charging capabilities, especially if corrosion has built up on the inside. If the phone doesn’t respond when connected to the charger, there is a good chance the device is on the inside. You can always try the phone with another charger to be sure; but, if the problem persists, you are probably holding a dud.

Missing Parts

Perhaps the most obvious sign of cellphone neglect is the absence of actual, physical parts of the device – missing buttons, broken keys, chipped plastic, or a cracked screen. If you are thinking of purchasing a used device, and notice that it looks physically abused, run! Regardless of if the cellphone functions well at the moment, devices with missing parts should be regarded as extremely high-risk purchases. These phones were not properly cared for by their owners, and it shouldn’t take a scientist to tell you that major problems are probably lurking down the road.

Water Damage

Water damage isn’t usually visible, making it one of the hardest-to-spot cell phone problems out there. Unless the phone’s screen looks more like a fish tank than a display, you probably won’t ever know if a device was exposed to moisture. However, phone manufacturers always include a water damage indicator somewhere on the phone that is designed to change color (most turn a pinkish-red) when it comes in contact with water or heavy moisture. These indicators aren’t always triggered by water exposure, but most of the time they are reliable. By checking for the water damage indicator, which can usually be in the headphone jack, under the battery, or on the battery itself, you can immediately tell whether or not a device has been exposed to water or moisture, and may exhibit problems due to water damage.

The HZO Difference

The scientists at HZO Inc. have worked hard to develop a way to defend electronic devices against water damage, with the invention of HZO’s proprietary nanotechnology. Like a transparent shield, HZO conformal coating technology is a coating of bonded molecules that seals the internal components of electronic devices. This chemical vapor deposition process blankets vital electronic circuitry to protect even the most sensitive devices from damage by water, moisture, contaminating particles, and humidity. Nanocoatings protect not only from drips and splashes, but also is capable of protecting from submersion as well, allowing consumers and industries to use electronic devices wherever they choose to take them. So while HZO might not be able to keep devices from getting scuffed or scraped, and we still won’t be able to save your poor iPhone should it take a tumble from your pocket, HZO will certainly protect your future electronics from the pool, toilet, or drink that should happen to soak your beloved device. And when water alone makes up 70% of the earth’s surface, who can complain about that?

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