I always see people discussing the possibility of Lipo batteries exploding or catching fire. One of these discussions took place in our very own RC Nightmare Forum. I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone in the RC hobby to charge your lipos safely and properly.
The other day I came across this:
Lesson #1 – Do not leave your lipo batteries unattended while charging!
The image above shows the effects of leaving your batteries unattended. A guy had left his lipo batteries charging on his workstation while he went to run a few errands. The place caught fire. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Lesson #2 – Always charge your lipos in a protective lipo sack.
Also, in order to properly charge your batteries, you should always have them charging in a protective Lipo Sack. These are designed to manage the effects of a Lithium-Polymer Battery charging mishap. You can find a variety of different ones online. If you want to be really safe, put them in the protective sack and charge them outside!
Lesson #3 – Make sure to let your lipo batteries cool before charging.
This lesson/tip is pretty self explanatory. Do not run your RC for hours and then immediately charge your battery. This can lead to a fire as well. Let them cool down to an ambient temperature before putting them on a charger.
Lesson #4 – Balance your Lipo batteries.
Use a charger that has a cell balancer and balance your batteries every time you charge them for proper care.
Just a reminder that the RC hobby is fun, but can be dangerous if you don’t take care of your equipment properly!! Questions or comments? Post them below or join the discussion in our RC Nightmare Forum!