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Claim from Facebook:

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A smartphone microwaves for just one minute will fully charge the battery.

Lifehacker insists it's fake, and I know it is, but I figured it'd be a useful one to have someone explain the scientific basis or describe what will actually happen, and why.

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The videos of this are far more convincing than mere words could ever be. This one in particular is more awesome than I could have imagined. Most of the other videos on YouTube of mobile phones in microwaves are far more boring but just as destructive. –  Ladadadada Jun 11 '13 at 8:03
    
on electronics.SE or physics.SE you'll be able to get the technical answers –  ratchet freak Jun 11 '13 at 9:17
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What phone was Apple selling in 2005? –  Jeff Jun 11 '13 at 12:19
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@KonradRudolph that might be a good question in itself, whether 90% of "facts" on facebook are pure baloney. Of course the answer would likely turn out that it's closer to 99% :) –  jwenting Jun 12 '13 at 5:40
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Fact: 73% of all statistics are made up. Anyhow: youtube.com/watch?v=jCx5_K_21_k –  Lennart Regebro Jun 12 '13 at 7:55
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There is plenty of people trying ad hoc experiments about what happens to phones put in a microwave:

Without peer-review and a proper literature search, there is a limit to how much we can trust these anecdotes. Further, these phones are old - not modern cell-phones.

However, in each video, the phone is completely destroyed - the the microwave is sometimes damaged. It should be sufficient evidence to convince people that this claim is a hoax.

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unacceptable answer, without peer reviewed scientific study it's just anecdotal... –  jwenting Jun 12 '13 at 5:41
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I certainly agree it isn't a peer-reviewed scientific study, and explicitly warn about that and limited its reliability. If you have a peer-reviewed scientific study, it should be voted up over this. However, I do not believe a peer-reviewed scientific study is likely to exist on this matter. They are not anecdotes is the sense that 'they (allegedly) happened to me, and I offer no evidence that they actually happened'. They are anecdotes in the sense they are the results of ad hoc experiments, not a scientific analysis. I explicitly admit that too. –  Oddthinking Jun 12 '13 at 8:14
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We could suggest the gullible all try this and video the result. That should give us some thousands of data points :-) –  Rory Alsop Jun 12 '13 at 11:46
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To be fair, the claim is only about microwaving batteries, not the entire phone. Although the graphic seems to be borrowed from an iPhone/iPod, and the claim specifically mentions Apple devices, which typically have non-removable batteries. At minimum, it's a confused claim. –  Flimzy Jun 12 '13 at 14:28
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@Flimzy: I considered that and concluded "A smart phone microwaved for just one minute" referred to the whole unit, not merely the battery. –  Oddthinking Jun 12 '13 at 15:01
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Snopes.com debunks this claim; the analysis even includes the graphic in the question above.

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Answers on this site should show a little bit of effort. Please try to give a full answer. Snopes talks about it, and? Do they provide references? Did you check them? –  Sklivvz Jun 25 '13 at 8:52
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