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french fried lithium,still works

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by W9WQA, Feb 13, 2020 at 3:59 AM.

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  1. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    either the charger or me or both malfunctioned and in ? 30 minutes i smelled fumes. looked and saw a smoking big fat
    batt. grabbed the wires and dropped it on the deck in snow for 3 days.
    retrieved the charge cable and for fun checked batt volts. looked good so i plugged it on a radio,looked good so i keyed it, looked good so i keyed am. volts dropped just .8v.'
    tried a good same batt and it looked the same as the fat one!!!
    so the fat smoked lithium looks ok...??? i gotta say, how come?? didnt expect it
  2. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most likely capacity is way low. It won't last long.
  3. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    U talkin bout me?

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not me, But your girlfriend does.

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  5. KE5MC

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    "fat, smoked, lithium, ok" should not be used in the same sentence. :)
    I look at it this way, the grenade (battery) has had the pin pulled and the spoon has stuck in the down position from now... Just a matter for time.
    I know electrically it measures OK, but the other mechanical 'stuff' is just waiting to complete the cycle.
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  6. K3RLD

    K3RLD Ham Member QRZ Page

    So what do you do from here? Store it out in the shed in a metal paint can? Throw it in the trash for pickup? What's the proper method for disposal?
  7. KE5MC

    KE5MC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    In your area look for a recycling center that accepts lithium batteries and turn it in to them.
  8. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    funny thing is i lost a better one, 6 amp because i let it discharge too far.
    this one is same as another. both look alike so far with load tests.
    report back later.

    way too much worrying goin on here!!
  9. KE5MC

    KE5MC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    No worries here. Just an informed opinion/comment. Lots of energy stored in a Lithium battery and toxic fumes when they let good.
    Good Luck,
  10. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Disassemble it and post detail pics of individual cells, BMS, etc.
    ( Eye protection recommended )

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