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This has prompted questions from people who are drawn to the idea of carrying out their own repairs, but who are worried about turning the battery into a fireball on their kitchen table.
So, how safe are smartphone batteries? Or, let's turn that around, how much can they handle?
Well, I decided to find out.
NOTE: Do not try this at home. My purpose here is to show you that if you do damage a battery, the outcome is likely not as bad as you might think.
As you can see in the video above, a battery -- in this case, a fully-charged battery -- can take a lot of abuse. I bent, punctured, then bent it some more. The battery did get warm and puff up a bit, but didn't explode or catch fire.
Afterward, off camera, I put more holes into it, but it didn't spark into life.
Don't let this make you complacent though. I've seen batteries -- especially the higher-capacity batteries found in power banks -- burst into flames or a shower of sparks after getting damaged.