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How to Keep Yourself Safe When Handling Lithium Batteries

12V, 24V, or 36V Lithium batteries are a popular type of battery found in many boats, RVs, and other vehicles today. While they are generally safe to use, there are some safety precautions to take when handling and storing them. In this article, the experts here at Next Gen Lithium will discuss the safety hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries and how to avoid them with proper handling and storage techniques. Keep reading to learn more!

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Store Batteries Away From Combustible Materials

The most common home and office materials — paper, wood, and fabric — are also common combustibles. It's important to store any lithium batteries away from these items or any other flammable objects. The best way to store batteries is in a storage case with a lid or a box like the one they came in. When charging lithium batteries, ensure that nothing is blocking or on top of the batteries or the charger — especially combustible materials.

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Keep Batteries From Contacting Conductive Materials

When handling lithium batteries, it's important to keep them away from conductive or electrical materials, including most metals, as well as water and other liquids. To safely separate batteries from conductive materials, it's best to keep them properly stored when not in use.

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Charge and Store Batteries in a Fire-Retardant Container

Charging lithium batteries in a fire-retardant container will help stop a fire from spreading if a battery were to catch on fire. It's also very useful to keep a few spare but charged lithium batteries in such a container. This way, if one or more batteries begin to malfunction or power, they can be quickly replaced by another one that was safely stored and is now ready to go.

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Separate Fresh and Depleted Cells

Lithium batteries are made up of positive and negative electrodes that become depleted eventually. Keeping them in separate compartments or storage cases will make sure they don't come in contact with one another by mistake, depleting the cells even further. Never throw out depleted batteries — instead, look for a lithium battery recycling service near you. 


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