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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Lipo disposal

what do you do with old lipo batteries that have puffed up?
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Soak em!

Put them in a bucket with salt and water and leave them for 2 or 3 days and throw them in the regular garbage.....
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Put them in a bucket with salt and water and leave them for 2 or 3 days and throw them in the regular garbage.....


shouldnt you discharge it down before you throw it in a bucket of salt water?
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Yes as far as you can.
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Just out of curiosity, what happens if it is charged or semi charged and you drop it into a bucket of salt water? Does it explode? Does it start sparking and arking?
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Just out of curiosity, what happens if it is charged or semi charged and you drop it into a bucket of salt water? Does it explode? Does it start sparking and arking?
Nothing, it just helps to deactivate the chemicals quicker.
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Gotta tell ya

If I had a puffed up pack all I'd want is to dump it in the bucket, not fool around trying to get the last .01 of a volt and have the chance of it going off and damaging my charger. Old packs out of service sure but once the puff up and maybe it's been sitting around and you don't know how long it's puffed up......................
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If I had a puffed up pack all I'd want is to dump it in the bucket, not fool around trying to get the last .01 of a volt and have the chance of it going off and damaging my charger. Old packs out of service sure but once the puff up and maybe it's been sitting around and you don't know how long it's puffed up......................
I made up a 12v auto taillight/brakelight bulb into a proper auto socket and soldered the wires so both elements are on at once. Put a deans or bullets connector on the end and plug it into the battery and let it plugged in til the bulbs go out. Dead battery! Could use 2 bulbs/sockets but one will work too. Just takes a little longer. Put it outside in a safe area and let the bulbs dumper down! Then soak in salt water for a couple of days as stated. No risk with the charger.
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If I had a puffed up pack all I'd want is to dump it in the bucket, not fool around trying to get the last .01 of a volt and have the chance of it going off and damaging my charger. Old packs out of service sure but once the puff up and maybe it's been sitting around and you don't know how long it's puffed up......................
You won't damage the charger. You will have to change your charger to ni-cad or nimh to get the voltage low. The car light bulb idea sounds like the safest and best way. Just like we used to discharge the old round cells back in the day.

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Just make sure the water is as salty as you can get it. But everything else above is a good practice too. An old NiCd discharger works fine, and won't put the charger at risk.
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Ive taken quite a few 1 cell batteries to my local radio shack and just handed them to the person behind the counter.give it a try.
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Salt bath works great. Radio Shack sounds good but also check with Lowes and HD. Selling cordless power tools and spare batts so they likely also provide a disposal service.
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Geno, missed you this week end, hope to see ya on the 9th.
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Geno, missed you this week end, hope to see ya on the 9th.
One of these days I'll get up there. Sounds like there was a good turnout and most everyone had a good time. Wish I could have made it but as you know, following 20 years of 30+ weekends/year doing the Pro Cup thing and other big car racing means I now should be making a little more time for family. We've also been using the kayak a lot more recently, the usual gator sightings but saw a troup of monkeys a couple weeks ago.

As it stands now I plan to be at both Strickland June dates but subject to change. Choices, choices, choices. Hot asphalt or snorkeling down river in 72 degree water, hhhhhmmmmm!
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Yea, understand the family thing, enjoy the river, life can be good when we let it..
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