Batteries are everywhere in our modern society. The demand for mobile devices (laptops, phones, tablets, cameras etc.) is huge. We love the productivity, convenience and entertainment these mobile devices provide to us at work and play.
But it is VERY IMPORTANT that we all understand that batteries can be dangerous if not used, handled, charged, transported, maintained or disposed of correctly.
Most modern battery packs hold a tremendous amount of electrical energy that can be dangerous if not respected and handled properly. The biggest danger to our property and persons are burns and/or a fire caused by improper use of your device or battery pack. Additionally there is potential for harmful chemical contents to come into contact with our bodies and injure us if something should go wrong with our battery or the electronic device while using the batter pack.
Batteries Direct provides the following safety recommendations for all customers and battery users interested in maximizing battery safety.
RULE # 1 is to READ and FOLLOW the safety instructions included with your Device's Owner’s Manual or Operating Instructions Each manufacturer will usually have a discussion about battery safety. Pay attention and observe all of those instructions, safety warnings and cautions. They are there for your protection and the best source for device specific recommendations. If you have any questions about how to safely use your battery with your device, please call the device manufacturer and they should answer those questions.
List of Batteries Direct Battery Safety Recommendations:
> Always charge and use your device on a hard, flat, smooth, NON-COMBUSTIBLE surface.
> Always make sure the Air Vents are free from obstruction and are getting maximum air-flow circulation. Blocked or partially obstructed (even dirty) air vents can cause a severe spike in temperature in your device that can cause catastrophic failure of your device and/or battery pack which may lead to fire and/or potentially dangerous releases of chemicals - both of which can cause injury, property damage or death.
> Never charge or use your laptop computer or other devices on a carpet, rug, blanket, couch, bed or similar surfaces. Critical air circulation to cool your device can be lost when it is charged or used on a soft (even mildly soft) or uneven surface. This reduced airflow can lead to a very dangerous overheating situation resulting in fire.
> Never store or charge a device in a briefcase, backpack, suitcase or other enclosed or confined environment. That will cause a very unsafe spike in device and/or battery temperatures.
> Periodically clean the air vents and internal areas (that you have access to) on your device. Dust, Lint or other "dust bunnies" are potentially combustible materials. Also excessive dust, lint or "dust bunnies" can also restrict proper convection and cooling airflow - leading to fire.
> If you smell smoke or anything burning, immediately turn off your device (if safe) and unplug it from the wall and contact the device manufacturer.
> If either your device or AC adapter is running HOT - please pay attention to that. That is a warning sign. You should call your manufacturer and ask them to help you troubleshoot the problem.
> Do not buy refurbished, used or damaged battery packs.
> If your device has a cooling fan, make sure it is operating properly.
> Never leave your laptop computer plugged into an outlet (charging) unless you are there.
> Please never charge or use your device directly on your lap, or while it is in a pocket or other clothing.
> Never take a battery pack apart. Disassembling a battery can subject you to chemical burns and electrical shock.
> You should never short circuit a battery.
> Never connect or bridge the positive and negative contacts of a battery - that risk severe electrical shock or explosion.
> Do not carry a battery pack in your pocket.
> Do not carry or store a battery pack with loose coins, keys, paper clips or other metal objects - as those metal objects could short circuit your battery causing a fire, electrical shock or explosion.
> Recycle your battery packs according to your local municipal waste guidelines. Battery chemicals do not belong in our landfills. Battery chemicals from landfills can be toxic to wildlife and humans as they can potentially leech into groundwater tables.
> If you have dropped or damaged your battery in any way, contact us or your device manufacturer for a battery safety evaluation.
> Do not use your battery if it looks deformed in any way. Immediately replace misshaped, deformed or damaged battery packs.
> Never throw your battery into a fire. That risks possible explosion and as previously mentioned is not the legal or environmentally friendly way of disposing your your battery pack.
> Always update to the manufacturer's newest BIOS or software release. There are sometimes critical safety enhancements included in those software updates.
> Immediately comply with all manufacturer safety recalls.
Batteries can make our lives more productive and enjoyable, but they can be dangerous if not understood and used properly. If you have any safety related questions, please contact Batteries Direct at (650) 949-1212.
It is impossible to come up with "the complete battery safety list". So this is by no means meant to be the comprehensive list of ALL the safety precautions you should observe regarding battery safety - such a list will never exist. Please use common sense when using battery packs. If you have additional recommendations that you think we should include on this list, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.