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Safety tips for charging lithium batteries The trend towards e-bikes is still growing. According to Austrian sports trade, almost every second bicycle sold now belongs to this category. But again and again it comes to fire accidents when charging the bikes with electric motor support. Read more...
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The trend towards e-bikes is still growing. According to Austrian sports trade, almost every second bicycle sold now belongs to this category. But again and again it comes to fire accidents when charging the bikes with electric motor support.
Due to the relatively low weight and a high energy density, the majority of e-bike batteries are lithium batteries. However, these react violently to strong heat and mechanical damage. Even with the smallest, invisible cracks in the separators of the batteries (membrane between anode and cathode), internal short circuits can occur during the charging process, which can cause fire. Careful handling and proper disposal, however, can prevent the occurrence of uncontrolled chain reactions.
The following tips should be followed:
Use only the original charger to charge the e-bikes.
Charge batteries only in dry condition at room temperature and in fireproof place, eg. stone floor.
Do not place the charger and especially the rechargeable battery near flammable materials and equip the room with a smoke detector.
Do not charge e-bikes unattended overnight.
Particularly critical is the charging of lithium batteries, if they have not been used for a long time. Lithium batteries can be permanently damaged by deep discharges.
If the e-bike is transported on the roof luggage rack of the car, remove the battery from the bicycle.
Do not use dropped and / or damaged batteries – dispose of them properly – at the dealer or municipal collection points. Mechanical damage can lead to fire.
Do not disassemble or modify lithium batteries.
Mask the poles before disposing old lithium batteries.
Reference: Institut für Schadenverhütung und Schadenforschung der öffentlichen Versicherer (LINK)