Lithium batteries are becoming increasingly popular for use in the automotive industry. However, it is important to understand the safety risks associated with these batteries, as improper use or mishandling can lead to severe injury or property damage.
We all know lithium batteries are the future of energy storage, but if handled properly, they can be safe. In this blog, we’ll discuss five lithium battery safety tips that everyone should follow.
It’s essential to keep lithium batteries in their original packaging when not in use. This helps prevent short-circuiting and other dangerous malfunctions. When transporting lithium batteries, store them in a secure container and keep them away from heat sources. Ensure the battery is discharged to 50%, and for further safety, the handler should be in protective gear to avoid injuries from damaged batteries.
Overcharging a lithium battery can lead to thermal runaway, a difficult process in which the battery overheats and potentially catches fire. To prevent this from happening, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and charge your device according to their specifications.
It’s also important to avoid discharging it. A discharged lithium battery can result in cell damage and lead to overheating. To protect your battery, charge it before it reaches below 20% capacity.
Lithium batteries are sensitive to extreme temperatures and can be damaged if exposed to temperatures above 140°F or below -4°F. To protect your battery, avoid leaving it in hot conditions as the electrodes may start to degrade or charge it in cold weather resulting in permanent plating formation on the anode. In both conditions, the battery will be negatively impacted.
If you notice any damage to your battery, such as bulging, leaking, unusual smell, or other abnormal signs, don’t attempt to repair it yourself. Instead, contact the manufacturer or a qualified technician for assistance.
Following the above-mentioned tips can help to reduce the risks when handling lithium batteries and help keep you and your devices safe.