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how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by ASH26V » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:27 pm

I have a few batteries that are toasted. what would be the best idea in getting rid of these things...I just cannot stop thinking about concequinces when tossing them in a dustbin and it sets the damn rubbish collection truck on fire.... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by Wonko the Sane » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:43 pm

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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by thefrog » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:51 pm

I discharge old packs before disposing of them. I use a 12v 55W car headlight bulb (or 2 in series for big packs) with crocodile clips. I hook it up to the pack and leave it for a day or so. Then check the charge is zero and throw away; that's it.
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by ASH26V » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:00 pm

thanks Frog I'll do that, lol wonko far from sane...think i'll give your idea a miss :lol: :lol:
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by danie.e » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:35 pm

Nice large plastic bucket of water. Dissolve a cup of table salt in the water. Submerge batteries in water and store in a safe place where kids, animals, or birds cannot get to them. After 2 weeks, simply throw the batteries in the dustbin. They are now safely destroyed, cannot burn or explode, and the plastic can be reclaimed at the local municipal dump.
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Unread post by TimB » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:42 pm

They should not end up at the municipal dump. They should be incinerated at a hazardous waste facility.
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Unread post by danie.e » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:02 pm

Forgot to mention, the Lithium, Copper, Iron, and phosphate salts that remain after chemical destruction with salt, are now eco friendly, not poisonous, so will not endanger the environment. The same goes for LiFe batteries as well.
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by ASH26V » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:12 pm

thank you Danie....I reckon i'll do it with Salt water then , Thanks
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by Trex600 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:33 pm

If there is one person here on Avcom that knows Chemical Compounds then it is Danie.e, and Yes I have read this procedure on other sites whereby you place your old LiPo's in a "Salt Solution" to neutralize them before disposing them in the rubbish din safely. :D :D :D
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by cabeng » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:46 am

Danie is 100% correct

but it is a lot more fun to take a 6" nail and poke a hole through the center , Makes a lot of smoke , does not burn!
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by Jase » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:49 am

cabeng wrote:Danie is 100% correct

but it is a lot more fun to take a 6" nail and poke a hole through the center , Makes a lot of smoke , does not burn!
Careful saying that Cabeng, many Lipo's have gone up in flames when punctured. Not trying to go against what you saying but dont want to see someone getting hurt. I often wonder if its the Lipos charge state at the point its punctured that makes it react differently.

Can someone tell me if the Lipo is discharged with a bulb initially and then dead shorted afterwards what its safe state is afterwards. Chemically, environmentally etc.

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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by clivem » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:59 am

+1 on the salt solution - i use a 12V bulb firts then chuck it in the water, then the bin

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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by danie.e » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:30 am

You do not have to discharge the bat before dumping into the salt solution. Some charge actually accelerates the electrolytic process of salt formation. To puncture the battery is NOT advised unless: 1) You have a Death wish or 2) Like deformity
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Re: how do I get rid of Lipo batts

Unread post by madjake » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:05 am

Aaaah so thats what Blender does with his old lipos. He is not actually fishing in this big salt solution of ours at the coast he is neutalising his lipos by way of using them as sinkers. Makes sense to me now clever man that is :lol: :lol:
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