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Fire caused by the catastrophic failure of a Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) rechargeable battery pack

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Severe fire damage created by the burning Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) rechargeable battery pack

Severe fire damage created by a burning Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) rechargeable battery pack

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The charging table, destroyed in the fire

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Remains of the battery pack

Remains of the battery pack

How this fire happened

The battery pack was placed on charge at approximately 09:00 a.m. - on a workbench and the fire alarm sounded at 09:50 a.m.

The owner looked into the room in question and noticed flames and smoke coming from the area of where the battery pack was sited.

He entered the room and unplugged the charger unit from the mains, then dropped the battery and charger on the floor and stamped on them both.

He did however state that smoke was seen coming from the rubber matting on the table where the battery pack was sited.

He then vacated the building and waited for the arrival of the Fire and Rescue Service.

The owner of the battery pack had stated that the battery itself was totally discharged and had suffered impact damage on a number of occasions whilst being used.

The effect it had

Safety message

Current publications and instruction manuals advise that Li-Po batteries are susceptible to impact damage and if involved in such impact damage, they may be prone to overheat and ignite.

Additionally, it is also advised that a Li-Po battery should never be allowed to fall below a certain minimum voltage or be allowed to be totally discharged.

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Latest Update :
02 February 2015
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