How to handle ‘dead’ lithium-ion batteries

- Sep 28, 2018-

When your lithium-ion battery appears to be at the end of its life there is a temptation to view it as completely dead, but in reality units often still have power in them – just not enough to power the device they were intended for. The remaining energy can still be enough to start fires and explosions if the terminals are shorted out, say by placing the exposed battery in a drawer full of keys.

Its for this reason that shipping companies treat the transportation of old lithium-ion exactly the same way as they treat new units and why everyone should treat exhausted or new batteries as the same when it comes to storage and handling.