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Old Feb 16, 2013, 12:42 AM
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Dire lipo "situation"

Gents,
While charging small 2s lipo for my umx carbon cub, I fumbled one of the small lipos and it fell into the engine compartment of my wife's vehicle behind the washer fluid reservoir. Da$@ it all! Try as I might, I cannot rescue the lipo and cannot figure out how to remove the reservoir. I'm aware of the fire hazard and I'm seeking advice. Could I douse the area with salt water or some other liquid that would disable/destroy/render inert the lipo? Anyone have any thoughts? The car is a POS and the lipo is dirt cheap but my wife and children are not.

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Dodger
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 04:21 AM
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Yet another great example of why not to charge LiPolys under the hood.

Get help and remove the resovior if necessary. Salt water will not work even if battery is submerged in it for weeks 24/7.

If you fcan see it then [erhaps something very sticky on the end of a stick ( wodden dowel) or perhaps one of the flexiable mechanical claws. Once again find help such as a mechanic even a DIY tytpe who does most of their own maintenance work.
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 05:26 AM
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Well, its a good thing it fell in the wifes car and not yours!. Take the car apart and ge the lipo out
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 07:57 AM
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Go to Harbor Freight
Find one of these, they are very handy.
24" 2-in-1 Pickup Tool http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch...ool-94162.html
Use it to grab the wires from the pack.

I'd also pick up these at the same time.
15 Lb. Capacity Telescoping Magnetic Pickup Tool
Telescoping Mirror
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 11:33 AM
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IMO strong metal fingers and lipo's are not a good match. While it will work it could short the wires or poke the small cells if not careful.
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 11:57 AM
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IMO strong metal fingers and lipo's are not a good match. While it will work it could short the wires or poke the small cells if not careful.
Rick
Hum he does have a point. But everyone is right, you gotta figure out how to get that battery out.
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 12:25 PM
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Rick is right. Those metal fingers are crazy sharp and will make quick business of silicone insulation. I have a set of these that I put a few layers of small diameter (~1mm) shrink sleeving on each tine after filing the sharp edges to use for more delicate retrieval work.

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:19 AM
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What kind of car is it?

I own a paint & body/mechanic shop and have worked on almost every kind of vehicle. Most of those washer jugs are easily removed.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 08:40 AM
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lipo magnet.
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