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Old Jan 12, 2009, 09:18 AM
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What can lithium batteries do for you??!!


I started out yesterday taking my 1/18 buggy in the truck down the road by a levy that we usually run at and while I was there got a ticket for tresspassing. The surrounding neihborhoods decided to sign a petition to keep people away because the kids are tearing up the levy and the golf coarses with 4wheeler's. It was a local sheriff that I knew so the ticket was only $25.00 and wil be thrown out, no big deal. Well before I left there I decided to throw a battery on charge on the front seat like i've done many times before, so it was no big deal. It took me about 10min to get home and decide that "I was not going to bring the battery and charger into my hobby room to finish the charge" instead I just left it charging in the truck. I went in and started finishing up a friends heli when I heard my neihbor screaming fire If you knew my neihbors you'd understand the rolleyes! Then my wife starts hollering to me that our truck is on fire I grabbed the hose and started spraying my newly finished house and just watched the truck burn! We happen to no most of the crew that work the fire department so you can imagine the reaction we got from them So I ask, what can lithium do for you?!
Old Jan 12, 2009, 04:00 PM
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This is exactly why you're supposed to charge lipos in a fire proof container & not leave them unattended. You know I'd say that most of the fires I see reported by people are with chargers that were hooked to a car's battery.
Old Jan 12, 2009, 04:01 PM
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This is exactly why you're supposed to charge lipos in a fire proof container & not leave them unattended. You know I'd say that most of the fires I see reported by people are with chargers that were hooked to a car's battery.
You said a mouthfull sir! Never again will it happen like that!
Old Jan 12, 2009, 04:55 PM
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man, sorry to hear the battery went off in your nice truck, well maybe you can use it as a LESSON to those who take them to lightly.... i allways try and keep my batteries in a ceramic container just incase they do blow up, must ahve got a whole lot of "nice" comments from the guys at the FD
Old Jan 12, 2009, 05:51 PM
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I wanted to add... Not on or inside your car. And try to keep them on a fire resistant surface as well.

It's too bad the place I work doesn't sell the battery boxes we use for testing batteries. They are much better than anything I've seen yet available to the public. But even if they did I'm sure the price would be out of reach for most of us. I guess the next best alternative is Mark Wood's lipo sack.
Old Jan 12, 2009, 06:04 PM
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I wanted to add... Not on or inside your car. And try to keep them on a fire resistant surface as well.

It's too bad the place I work doesn't sell the battery boxes we use for testing batteries. They are much better than anything I've seen yet available to the public. But even if they did I'm sure the price would be out of reach for most of us. I guess the next best alternative is Mark Wood's lipo sack.
Actually i'm looking around for a battery bunker.
Old Jan 12, 2009, 06:26 PM
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Actually i'm looking around for a battery bunker.
I use a steel box with slide on cover for baking bread. Not too expensive. Maybe not the best, but feel quite good already.
Storage in my fridge is the same kind with thermometers in and out. But for carrying I have a thick stainless steel medical grade enclosure encased in a thick wood blast-proof box. Stainless part contain the fire, wood part have to deal with blast from inside and bumps from outside. All their markings and color are explicit enough to mandate a bomb disposal unit if found unattended.

YOU GOT lucky not to lose your whole car to the fire... most of the damage can be easily repaired I think...
Old Jan 13, 2009, 01:13 AM
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The truck is clearly totaled beyond anything, so just send the truck my way


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Old Jan 13, 2009, 03:44 AM
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Actually i'm looking around for a battery bunker.
They tell me the small ones we use that you can actually carry by hand cost the company $1,000 to make The large ones are close to $5,000 & you roll them around. Government paid for of course

The thing about lipos, especially larger lipos is, when they go off & are in something sealed or close to sealed... you have a bomb. They need to vent. And the fumes are pretty toxic. The bunkers we use have a suppression venting system that lets them vent but are still sealed. If that makes any sense? But we do much larger, more powerful, stouter batteries than lipos. Single use, very high voltage.

From the videos I've seen, Mark's lipo sack is pretty nifty for us hobbyists. As far as charging. I really see no big threat when transporting them as long as they don't get banged around or short.

I'm the world's worst about not taking care of them the way I should. Charging 7 or 8 of them at a time & leaving the room I transport them in a fishing tackle box But in my defense, most of my lipos are pretty small. They would mostly just smoke if they did anything. A lot of mine are just single cells.
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The truck is clearly totaled beyond anything, so just send the truck my way


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Old Jan 13, 2009, 12:40 PM
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expensive way to tint your windows...
Old Jan 13, 2009, 08:15 PM
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Humm...smoke tented....don't think DOT will approve.


Well he'll get a new interior with a lingering smell he well not soon forget.
Old Jan 15, 2009, 05:45 PM
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Charge them in a fire proof safe... fairly cheap and easy to get at your local "mart"
Old Jan 15, 2009, 07:17 PM
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Charge them in a fire proof safe... fairly cheap and easy to get at your local "mart"
I thought about that, I have a small one that I never use up in the attic
Old Jan 19, 2009, 07:52 PM
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Battery Bunkers


I've used pyrex bowls on flame retardant tiles, currently store in ammo boxes while charging in a lipo sacks...... However; just bought one of the large Battery Bunkers from Battery Bunker dot com

Sorry for your loss and all that paperwork!
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 10:44 AM
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Now I'm going to buy a lipo bag. That sucks dude. Any recommendations on a good cheap lipo bag. I don't want any of my stuff to explode.


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