Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries are a common type of rechargeable batteries used in laptops, phones, and more. Although li-ion batteries are an amazing invention, they can overheat because they pack a large amount of energy in a small amount of space. Overheating or using them the wrong way can result in explosions that cause injuries and fires. Here’s how to use li-ion battery safely to avoid explosions:
When purchasing electronic devices, they should be checked for the label of an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriter’s Laboratory. The manufacturer’s instructions must be followed carefully.
Only batteries that are designed for a particular device should be purchased. The manual or the product’s official website provides information on what kind of batteries to use.
The batteries must be inserted the right way. Many people accidentally place batteries the wrong way, which can damage them.
Batteries should not be overheated, and the device should be unplugged once the battery is fully charged.
Charging a device on flammable materials, such as the bed, couch or on paper is a safety risk and should be avoided.
Li-ion batteries must not be kept in high temperatures or near heat sources, such as direct sunlight, radiators or laptops.
Batteries must not get wet or be exposed to water.
Li-ion batteries should not be kept in the open where they can get damaged. They should be stored in a secure, dry, and cool place, and away from flammable materials, as well as separated from metal objects.
If there are signs that the battery has a problem, such as overheating, odour, leaks, or change in colour/shape, the device should be shut off and moved away from things that can catch fire.
Throwing li-ion batteries in the trash is never a good idea. This causes pollution and can be a fire hazard.
To properly dispose of li-ion batteries, they should be taken to a battery recycling location. The local waste management service provider can also provide disposal instructions. Batteries should be put in a sealed metal container before recycling them.
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