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A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility

During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill, an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries. (The video originally appeared on YouTube.)
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10/24/2014 | 2 comments
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Jaybird2005
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And.....
Jaybird2005   10/31/2014 3:56:01 PM
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i can carry this on a plane, but not a tube of toothpaste......

Whirlarang
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A glimpse of the future?
Whirlarang   10/31/2014 3:45:05 PM
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This is  disturbing, but most people would not smash their laptop batteries with a hammer. However, physical damage is not the only cause of fires in lithium-based batteries.

Imagine this: there is a large apartment building with an underground garage.  To accommodate the wishes of a number of their tenants, they have installed a multivehicle electric charging system. There is a cluster of say, six or seven cars around it. All have lithium battery packs weighing thousands of pounds. A short occurs while charging one of the cars, and the resulting fire spreads to the others in the cluster. This fire would be almost impossible to extinguish because of the very nature of the materials fueling it.

And that says nothing of a terrorist who realizes this potential.

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