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    What Are the Dangers of Lithium Batteries?

    Lithium batteries have become the leading power source for cell phones and other mobile devices because of their ability recharge and carry nearly double the voltage that traditional batteries such as alkaline or zinc-carbon batteries do. They do possess hazards when not properly used or disposed of.

    Fire Hazard
    Fire and explosion is a serious risk when lithium batteries overheat. This is especially problematic when transporting entire shipments of batteries.

    Skin Burn
    Those batteries found on mobile devices such as laptops or cell phones can run extremely hot and burn skin on contact.

    Short Circuit
    Because of their small size with high voltage capacity, lithium batteries can discharge extremely high currents if they short circuit. The result is a shock that can be as effective as a stun gun.

    Charging
    When these batteries are charged too fast or overcharged, they pose greater risks. This accelerates possible failure in the anodes within the cells, or the charger could combust.


    Chemical Reaction
    At the core of the lithium battery is its chemical composition that induces high current charges. If for any reason the casing is breached, a chemical burn is highly likely.
    Lithium batteries (like all batteries) should not be stoed long term in the equipment you use, as a chemical reaction will destroy the equipment.


    The Army store Lithium (Radio) batteries in an air tight vault. Lithium gasses are fatal - where the casing has failed; and finally, Lithium battaries can no longer be sent via Aust Post.
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    I'll never use them in my 580EXII again, when I took them out after about 70 flashes they were hot enough that they burnt my hand.
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    Your post sounds authoritative, PJI254, but what are your sources of information?
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    I thought this warning came on all battery packaging
    C&C most welcome, please if reworks are made post what adjustments etc have been made so I can learn from them

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Your post sounds authoritative, PJI254, but what are your sources of information?
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    University of Edinburgh and my dealings with them whilst in the Army
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJI254 View Post
    University of Edinburgh and my dealings with them whilst in the Army
    If you are going to plagiarise someone else's words (word for word), at least acknowledge that: http://www.ehow.com/facts_4962571_wh...batteries.html

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