You know you can fly it in drones. You could play with your car for 60 miles an hour for half an hour or an hour yeah you basically it’s like a fuel tank. You could almost carry as much runtime as much fun time as you need, so they come in little ones and big ones, but there are three key things you should know about them that you should do or should not. Let happen to your batteries for safety’s sake, because these things can be very dangerous. Number one is never allow them to get damaged so i’m breaking the rule. I broke the rule yesterday, i’ve been using these soft case packs for forever. You know, through my whole, rc crawling 4a, but i forgot about the hard case, because why do i need hard case? The reason is, as you play with fast cars, you need this case to help protect the cells inside in a crawler it doesn’t matter. Hardcase is just extra weight, but in a fast car you need it. So i had this thing on an arma creighton and i thought it was all good. This thing was like three four pound three pounds. This thing is huge, so 26 volts on this thing, but after i ran as i was charging it, my buddy said whoa: do you realize what you’re looking at so right? There is a danger zone. It was in its own compartment battery compartment, but because of the hits he was taking, he was pounding against the the uh, the guides, the support guides and right there.
It took some massive impact and this is so close to to detonation to just catching fire, because once once these lipo cells touch oxygen, they just don’t like oxygen. I don’t know why you know we like oxygen once they like oxygen, it lights on fire, it’s automatic. It doesn’t you don’t, need a match or anything once that thing hits air it will catch in the fire will burn through each cell very intense this thing, so i burnt a battery. That was one third, the size of this and the fire was intense. So i don’t know this thing probably put a fire through my whole garage in for about 30 seconds, so the power that this impacts is incredible, so you cannot let your cells get compromised or damaged. You cannot let oxygen hit the lithium cells so use hard case when the situation needs it, but protect it, but when this happens time out call it quits, um, it’s, it’s time to go home and i’ll. Tell you about disposal of this in a little bit. The number two thing that you need to know about these batteries is: you have to charge them correctly. Don’T don’t get a five dollar charger. Ten dollar charger to charge this or this it doesn’t matter. You need a smart charger. Their very existence depends on them. Getting the the right amount of voltage and stopping when it is fully charged. If it doesn’t stop, you know it’s going to light on fire.
You know not instantly, but you know, even if it’s a trickle charge, it might take 10 hours while you’re sleeping it’s gon na light on fire. So it has to be a smart charger. You have to charge it as lithium and coupled to that, you wan na always balance charge it. You know if it’s more than a one cell battery there’s, always a balanced port and it’s your mission to balance charge them because when they are not balanced, you never know when they’re not balanced. You know it’s more likely, they’re they’re fairly balanced. But what about that case when they’re not balanced it’s? This thing is gon na keep charging all the way to 12.6 volts it’s not going to stop, but if a if a, if a cell is severely imbalanced or severely low, what’s going to happen, 4.2 volts per cell is it’s going to keep charging, even though some Of the cells are already past 4.2 and after 4.2, volts is when it puffs up and detonates that detonates lights on fire and it lights on fire, because when it’s puffy, it breaks the plastic sheet and it hits oxygen lights on fire. Okay, the third thing that you know about lithium batteries is when to dispose of them and how to dispose of them. Okay, so when you have the the issue it pops up, you probably have a lot of batteries, some batteries that are kind of puffy. You know a little puff.
A little is okay, but once it gets it’s it’s getting fat, it’s, stressing the case the mylar case, you have to get rid of it because when that case breaks and it gets puffy the as you’re using it um as you’re loading it when it breaks, then It’S going to light on fire and how you dispose of it is, i just did it with this this battery is you want to discharge it discharge? It all the way, all the way to 3 volts 3.23 volts if you’re, if you’re, if your charger allows it you could, you could put it on a lot of chargers, they won’t they won’t discharge too much but that’s enough. If you want, you can put on a motor or a light until it’s completely dead, and what you want to do is you want to bring this to a recycling center or a battery recycling center? So hopefully you have one close to you, but the worst thing you could do is you know you give up on a battery because of this it’s fully charged, and then you throw it in the trash uh that puts everyone in danger, because this thing has so Much power so much firepower, uh that it could really hurt someone. You know the garbage man uh collects. It puts it in the trash compactor or or at the at the um, the recycling center. They they put it to a contraction factory, pierce, the the sheath and the thing lights on fire.
So not a good thing. So those are the three top safety things that you need to know about.