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Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Guidelines
In this video, we'll talk about Lithium-ion battery safety guidelines for electric bike owners.
Hi, my name is Jason Kraft. I'm the CEO of Electric Bike Technologies in Pennsylvania and I want to give you some quick tips on safety around your lithium-ion batteries, whether for e-bikes or anything else, these safety tips apply.
We're going to run down a quick list. There's a PDF we're going to provide, probably share a link to that wherever we share this video, you'll be able to take that with you and study that.
Okay safety guidelines for lithium-ion batteries number one. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions, seems pretty simple but read that book no matter what you get, whether it's from Electric Bike Technologies or not. Make sure you're following that manual and all of those safety instructions around proper use, care, charging, and storage of your lithium-ion batteries.
Always plug into lithium-ion battery directly to a wall outlet. This one gets overlooked a lot. No stacking, no putting these into a strip, give it its own outlet, okay. That's the safe way to do it.
Don't use extension cords, don't use power strips. Always charge at room temperature. Lithium-ion batteries like to live the way you like to live, so those temperature are good if you're cold it's cold. Don't charge it if you're hot; it's hot. Don't charge it you want these basically at room temperature. You don't want to charge, a nice cold frozen battery and you don't want to charge a battery that's boiling already.
Always charge your battery in a well-ventilated area with a fire detection system. Okay, this is a battery safety thing. You want to make sure you're charging this somewhere where if gas does escape or something like that, that it's not going to cause a bigger problem.
Always monitor the battery when you're charging. This is kind of interesting for e-bikes because a lot of manufacturers, do recommend a balancing charge once in a while. If you have a battery with multiple cells but for the most part you want to be attentive.
You don't want to leave a battery charging unattended. You don't want to do it overnight while you're sleeping. Those are dangerous situations, you want to make sure that you're able to act if there is a problem.
Occasionally for those balancing recommendations you want to do an extended charge, that's fine but you want to pay attention, do not leave your lithium battery unattended while charging.
Do not stack or cluster lithium-ion batteries. So if you have a bunch of stuff, whether it's an e-bike battery or whether it's a smaller lithium-ion battery, you don't want to stack these things together. You create excessive heat the more you put them together, so don't do that. Let them have fresh air flow.
Do not use the battery or charger if it has been damaged. Okay, if it's been wet, if it's been punctured if it's been dropped. If you dumped your bike, do not do that. If something has been physically damaged, you want to stop, assess the situation. Get some professional help if you need it.
Don't charge that battery, if it's been dented or something like that. Never block your exit from the home while charging your lithium-ion battery. Again fire safety stuff, they want to make sure you can get out of the room if something goes wrong. So make sure you have an exit plan.
You never try to modify or service your e-bike or trike battery system. You don't want to do that you're not a professional. You didn't design these. Don't get in there messing around. That is one sure way to cause a problem. Get professional help, if you need to service your batteries. Don't try to do that yourself.
Never use a battery if it shows signs of physical damage. Again it's just so important that if you drop your battery or if you crack your charger or anything like that, you do not want to use those products. So, when you get them tested out, make sure they're good before you use them, or you want to replace them.
Never place lithium-ion batteries in the trash, recycling bin. This is very important this environmental aspect of all this. We're putting a lot of batteries out there, these large lithium-ion batteries you don't want to just throw these in the trash. You need to contact your local Waste Management Service company, or you can look online there are companies that specialize in the disposal of lithium-ion batteries.
We want to do that right. We have a great industry. It's a fun industry, electric bikes. We don't want to mess this up, we don't want to mess our planet up, we don't want to mess ourselves up. So do the right thing and dispose of your batteries properly.
I hope these tips are helpful, hope you find it useful. Again this is a general outline for battery safety when it comes to lithium-ion batteries, we all need to take care.
I hope this helps you have a good day.
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