How to dispose of RC Lipo Batteries

Lipo batteries are deemed to be dangerous and are prone to exploding. The presence of lithium ions found in Lipo batteries make them explode reason being, lithium ions do not like being exposed to air.  With the innards of an old or damaged Lipo battery that has been disposed without the proper procedures are exposed, can cause an explosion. To make sure you have disposed a Lipo battery appropriately, here are some methods you can use.

How to dispose of RC Lipo Batteries

  1. Battery disposal services

This is the easiest hassle free method to dispose your Lipo batteries. Find a local battery disposal service and allow professionals to dispose it for you. Don’t risk disposing a Lipo battery if you are afraid of doing it yourself.

  1. Home disposal

We have established that Lipo batteries are dangerous and you can’t just throw them anyhow. When you are disposing a Lipo battery your mission is to ensure that you have discharged it completely and that is to 0 voltages. Here are some ways of discharging a Lipo battery.

  • Using a Lipo charger– a Lipo charger can be able to discharge a Lipo battery and this is done by ensuring that you are discharging at a small current like at 1/10 C.
  • Light bulb- this is the most common easy and cheap method to discharge Lipo battery. Opt for halogen light bulb instead of LED light bulbs because they have ‘’forward voltage’’. On a bucket with sand, place the battery inside and connect it to the light bulb outside. Leave it for 24 hours to drain completely and that is until the bulb goes off. To avoid any voltage build up, disconnect the connectors from the battery, strip the wires and connect the red and black wires to create short circuit. Your battery is stable for disposal.
  • Salt water- though slow and ineffective compared to light bulb, it’s the best way for physically damaged batteries that have a tear or split because they are not supposed to be discharged using the other methods. Put salt water on a plastic bucket, submerse the battery and cover the bucket. Salt to water ratio can be ½ cup salt to a gallon of water. Leave the bucket outside for two weeks. Finally remove the battery from salt, wrap it in a newspaper and dispose it in the normal bin.
  • Physical destruction- the least used and most dangerous method. Done by either shooting or using nails to puncture the battery.

 

 

 

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