Batteries and cells

It is something that most people will recognise: You want to quickly watch a film or video clip on your telephone, tablet or laptop as you lie in bed. To make sure that your device is fully charged in the morning, you connect it to the charger next to you. What many people don’t know is that the batteries in such devices can cause a fire.

“Do you handle chargers and batteries safely in and around your home?”

“Chargers and batteries are not dangerous if used correctly.”

“However, they present a risk of fire if they overheat.”

“So never leave electrical devices lying around in direct sunlight… “

… and remove them from the charger as soon as the battery has fully charged”

“The risk of fire increases when batteries are damaged.”

“So be very careful when handling electrical devices.”

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More and more modern devices are operated by lithium-ion batteries (or li-on batteries). These lightweight rechargeable batteries or cells can be found in, for example, smartphones, laptops and electric bikes. Such batteries contain a lot more power than standard (penlite) batteries, and thus offer many benefits. However, because these batteries are more powerful, they can also increase the risk of fire. This page shows how to deal with chargers, batteries and cells in a safe manner, thus reducing the likelihood of fire.

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