Design News hasn’t been able to verify the scientific truthfulness of the video. Used in this format, is the battery chemistry really this volatile? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
(This video originally appeared on YouTube and was sent to Design News by Eric Doster, market development manager, Dozuki, a division of iFixit, who used it during his presentation on the Center Stage, during MD&M Midwest.)
Chuck, that was amazing. One hit and the thing went up in flames.
Obviously most batteries for PCs are not the flat pack variety, so they may not react the same way. I wonder if the battery has to be fully charged to burst into flames. I have some old cell phone batteries, one of which started to bulge (so it was replaced). We recycle batteries here, so I would not keep them around. Good thing, it seems.
Then again that much gasoline, liquid propane or hydrogen would make a good flame too. I've also seen videos of people shooting cells with a rifle and shorting the leads without any problems. Much like Edison's campaign against AC, it's a matter of what you want to demonstrate.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; I had a lithium battery blow up in my face. The chemistry goes from docile to explosive without the slightest hint of danger, so you really need to exercise great care around lithiums.
In this video the hammer blow probably caused an internal short in the bag style cell.
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