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Old Nov 02, 2008, 05:19 PM
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My new lipo cought fire!

And it only had 10 flights! When I charged it after a flight it just cought fire!
And it was on the charger that came with the battery!
It was a 3s 1800 mah battery. Why and how did this happen?
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Old Nov 02, 2008, 05:40 PM
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What brand and model of charger?
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Old Nov 02, 2008, 05:44 PM
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the one that comes with the st model cessna 182 rtf.
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Old Nov 02, 2008, 05:58 PM
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the one that comes with the st model cessna 182 rtf.
I suck at reading minds, is this your charger?
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Old Nov 02, 2008, 06:12 PM
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that is the one Mine is in black but they are the same. I"m so confused.
After many years with li po I have never experienced anything like this before!
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Old Nov 02, 2008, 06:25 PM
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Did you give the battery time to cool down? They don't like to be charged right away if they are warm right after flight. Also, the charger shown in the link is a lesser quality charger that probably doesn't balance the cells like another charger...there is a good chance it failed. With chargers, you get what you pay for; I would suggest investing in a better unit, Like the CellPro.

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Old Nov 02, 2008, 06:50 PM
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That charger is a 2/3 cell charger that charges through the balance taps, it would be real hard for the user to mess up. Since the battery burned up while on the charger the manual says to use, I would say to try to get RCS to send you a new one.

The most common cause of LiPo fire is operator error, but in this case the charger is so simple to use that I don't see how that could be possible. The most likely problem is a fault in the charger. I recently saw a thread where one fellow advocated placing several batteries in parallel on a $5 charger overnight while he slept. He refused to believe that he was at risk for a fire as he was experienced with batteries and chargers and was blind to the possibility of equipment failure.. Hopefully your fire did no other damage and you'll be able to get it flying again soon.
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