A Minute for Safety - Lithium Battery Handling

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Lithium and lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries used in consumer products such as laptops, cell phones, medical devices, automobile and aerospace applications.

Proper storage and handling of lithium batteries maintains their integrity and can prevent fires, explosions and potential exposures.

Before putting lithium batteries into use, consider these best practices:

  • Confirm the size and capacity of the batteries you are choosing to use.
  • Don’t solder leads to battery cases.
  • Always use the same size and rating batteries in series or parallel connections.
  • Use batteries in groups that are from the same age and history of use and application.
  • Don’t mix new batteries with older batteries.
  • Only use battery packs that are equipped with electronic protection circuits.