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Here's Samsung's new 8-step battery safety test

Samsung has published details on new and improved safety protocols alongside a video explanation of what caused the Note 7 fires.

Published onJanuary 23, 2017


Samsung has announced new quality assurance measures, including an 8-step battery safety check, following the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7 last year. The protocols were outlined in a Samsung blog post today, alongside a video explanation of the Note 7 fires.

Samsung says its 8-step system features a number of improved safety tests encompassing X-Rays, durability and disassembling procedures, visual inspection and a delta open circuit voltage test (which assesses changes in voltage throughout the manufacturing process).

Update: Korean government confirms Samsung's Note 7 investigation results

In addition, Samsung has devised new measures which include examinations on accelerated usage and a “charge and discharge” test. Find out the details of each below.

Samsung also says it has formed a “battery advisory group” of external researchers and experts to make sure the company “maintains a clear and objective perspective on battery safety and innovation.”

Samsung, naturally, will be eager to reassure consumers about the safety of its products and no doubt try to impress them with messages of multi-step safety checks and initiatives. Still, the Galaxy Note 7’s cancellation will have been costly and avoiding similar battery problems in future is in Samsung’s best interests — you would expect it to go to great lengths to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

I’m surprised Samsung has only just begun to test charging and discharging, though. Seems quite important, that.

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