Battery Safety

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All batteries must be handled with care All batteries including rechargeable batteries have a chance of failure. Battery failures can happen in many ways.

  • Suddenly stop charging
  • No longer supplying power to a device

These are simple failures which require replacement and proper disposal of the battery.

However, in some instances, there can be a larger scale failure.

  • Batteries can vent. This means that the gasses inside the battery build up pressure until a breach is found and they are released.
  • Batteries can catch fire and explode.
    • NEVER overcharge or discharge a battery more than it's stated capacity.
    • NEVER overheat a battery.
    • DO NOT drop, throw, or subject your battery to blunt force actions.

In the event of a battery venting, overheating, or catching fire. Quickly remove it outside and away from combustible materials. If you are unable to do so please do not hesitate to call your local emergency services.

Basic Rules To Follow

  1. Charge them often. Do not try to fully discharge the battery packs frequently. This only adds strain. Several partial discharges (regular use) with frequent recharges are better for lithium-ion than one total discharge.
  2. Avoid heat. Short battery life is more likely to be caused by heat rather than charge/discharge patterns. Keep the lithium-ion battery cool. Avoid a hot car, for example.
  3. Don't charge up the battery pack just to store it away. When storing for long periods of time, keep the battery at a 40% charge level. Consider removing the battery from a laptop when running on fixed power. (Some laptop manufacturers are concerned about dust and moisture accumulating inside the battery casing.)
  4. Use the right charger. By now you probably know that each kind of battery has its own technology, its own rate of charge and so on. Charging lithium packs correctly is one way to extend their life and to avoid damage.
  5. Don't use old batteries. Avoid purchasing spare lithium-ion batteries for later use. While it makes perfect sense to have 2 or 3 extra battery packs, so that you always have a fresh one charged up and ready to go, it isn't a great idea to just buy up batteries and keep them around for years before using them.
  6. Do not leave charging batteries unattended, there is a risk of fire. Use a charging bag for safety.

See Also

Lithium Ion Batteries

Torchy The Battery Boy

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