Samsung's Note 7 Explosion Workaround Caps Charging at 60 Percent

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Whether you enjoy engaging in risky behavior or are just too darn lazy to exchange your Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has an option for the slackers and those oblivious to recent battery explosions.

A Samsung spokeswoman confirms that the company will release a Note 7 software update that will prevent the device from overheating (and exploding) by capping battery recharges at 60 percent. Timing of the update will vary by country, she said.

"In the US, Samsung is continuing to work with the [Consumer Product Safety Commission] and our carrier partners to develop and evaluate solutions that are best for US Note 7 owners," the spokeswoman said in an email to PCMag. "No action will be taken without the approval of the CPSC. Customer safety remains our top priority."

The CPSC last week urged "all consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to power them down and stop charging or using the device."

In South Korea, the Note 7 anti-explosion update will begin rolling out Sept. 20, according to the Associated Press, which cites an ad Samsung took out on the front page of South Korean newspaper Seoul Shinmun. Those in possession of a recalled Note 7, however, should really power it down immediately and seek an exchange, Samsung says. Note 7 owners can return to wherever they purchased the device or call 1-800-SAMSUNG to get an exchange.

Goinge forward, shoppers can look for a few markings on the box of replacement units that will signify that the phone is not explosive. Those indicators include a small black square on the white barcode label and a white sticker with a blue letter "S."

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