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Claim from Facebook:
Did you know?
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.
asked Jun 11, 2013 at 1:58
Mark MayoMark Mayo
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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.
answered Jun 11, 2013 at 7:58
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Snopes.com debunks this claim; the analysis even includes the graphic in the question above.
answered Jun 24, 2013 at 1:09
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