Battery Emissions

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  1. GaDrone

    GaDrone New Member

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    I have a friend who is going to dump several drones (DJI Mostly), controllers, etc., becasue he feels that the batteries, some of which are not that old and all hold charges, are giving off toxic emissions. He claims that when he opens up the tac case, he smells an odor. He also claims it irritates his throat.
    Does anyone have information about this?? I understand keeping them in storage state, etc., but, now, do we need to be cautious of breathing in toxic fumes from our batteries???
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  2. WTFDproject

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    Sounds like your friend has at least one damaged or defective battery. They need to be removed from the house and stored in some safe place until the bad battery (or batteries) is identified.
    Your use of the phrase "some of which are not that old" implies that some are old. Do a search on the forum for proper ways to dispose of LiPo batteries. There may be local restrictions as well.
     
  3. GaDrone

    GaDrone New Member

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    Thanks, so the answer is yes, batteries do cause emissions? Toxic, from your response.
     
  4. DoomMeister

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    #4 DoomMeister, Jan 17, 2020
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    From the response it can be taken that damaged batteries can be a problem. A damaged battery can outgas. Damage can come from over charging, over depleting, physical damage by crushing or puncturing. Those batteries should be properly discharged and sent to battery recycling.

    A properly maintained LiPo battery does not give off toxic emissions. I would suggest your friend and yourself use a good charger capable of placing the batteries at storage charge when not in use. In the case of the DJI smart batteries make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions for proper care.

    Your friend needs to assess his batteries and remove old or damaged batteries from his stock. Worse than toxic emissions is the chance of those gases/liquids igniting and burning if they are being given off by damaged cells.
     
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  5. Steve Carr

    Steve Carr Member

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    I've noticed a similar outgassing which occurs when attorneys speculate and formulate fictitious medical maladies created in a vacuum of scientific evidence. The resulting human symptoms present as outrageous claims of loss of well-being which are remedied by green injections (cash). The outgassing is pungent and generally offensive to a discerning nostril.
     
  6. Jagerbomb52

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    Just in case you need a visual reminder of not taking care of your Lipo batteries.

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  7. PatR

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    A normal lithium battery does not emit much of anything. A damaged lithium battery can do all sorts of things. For those that elect not to take care of their stuff, there’s a lot of sense in getting rid of all of it. Much easier to blame equipment rather than yourself for failing do do thr things you should.

    OTOH, is the dude with the stinky case sure some errant mouse hasn’t become trapped inside and died? Perhaps a friend tossed a piece of dish in the case? I’ve put some pretty rancid stuff under the seats and in glove boxes of cars. Be a good idea to check.
     
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  8. Mrgs1

    Mrgs1 New Member

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    Reminds of the scene from Alien.
     
  9. GaDrone

    GaDrone New Member

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    Appreciate the effort, friends.
     
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