An image circulating over the weekend claims to quote a Harvard study which allegedly states that you can charge your cell phone in the microwave 15-25 times faster than plugging it into the wall.
It’s a hoax.
If you place an electronic device in the microwave, it will no longer be operational and could create a fire hazard. It will also likely damage the microwave and emit toxic fumes.
The hoax circulating over the weekend includes a graphic that reads:
Any iPhone can be charged in a microwave oven, 15-25 times faster than the charger that came with it! Try it now:
Step 1: Plug your cable into the phone
Step 2: Put your iPhone in the center of the oven and coil the cable around it.
Step 3: Set the timer on the oven for 10-20 seconds
Step 4: You now have a charged iPhone!
This works because microwaves use the same principles as wireless charging pads, by rearranging the electrons in your iPhone’s battery, to gather at the negative terminal. Remember to leave your cable plugged in!
Note that the Harvard URL (either with a zero or the letter “O” in the url above) does not exist.
Though the graphic being circulated lists a Tumblr profile, we couldn’t find this graphic posted by that popular account, so it’s possible someone attributed this “fact” to that account to lend credibility to the claim.
The video below demonstrates what will happen if you place your cell phone in a microwave oven:
Using a microwave oven on a cell phone will likely destroy your phone and the microwave.