Lithium metal ions have become a popular choice for batteries due to their high energy density and low weight. One notable example is lithium-ion batteries, which are used in a wide range of electronic devices, from smartphones to laptops.
While the widespread usage of lithium-ion batteries in various rechargeable devices like golf carts, e-bikes, mobile phones, laptops, and e-readers is convient for users, growing risks have emerged surrounding the technology.
While these lightweight and rechargeable batteries offer extended life and cost-effectiveness, their improper use, storage, or charging can lead to significant damage and potential fire hazards. So much so that some train operators have now banned e-bikes for this reason.
The London Fire Brigade says that lithium batteries are the fastest-growing fire risk in the capital, and reports that in 2023 they are called out to an e-bike/e-scooter fire once every two days.
to safeguard your clients from the risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, consider these essential precautions:
Regular Inspection: Periodically examine batteries for dents, deformation, or signs of overheating. If any damage is detected, discontinue use immediately.
Use Official Chargers: Always utilize the charger provided by the manufacturer for the specific battery.
Buy from Reputable Sources: Purchase replacement batteries only from trusted and reliable manufacturers or suppliers.
Avoid Overcharging: Disconnect the battery and unplug the charger once the device is fully charged. Avoid leaving items on charge continuously, especially overnight.
Safe Charging Environment: Charge devices in well-ventilated areas. Avoid covering lithium batteries during charging and keep them away from high temperatures or direct sunlight.
Install Early Warning Systems: Ensure the presence of functioning smoke alarms as part of your safety measures.
For more information, The London Fire Brigade has further learning resources on their website, and we encourage everyone who owns, or is thinking about owning a product utilizing lithium-ion batteries to read it.
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