The Ultimate Guide to RC Car LiPo Battery Safety: Handling, Charging, and Disposal

The Ultimate Guide to RC Car LiPo Battery Safety: Handling, Charging, and Disposal

Are you keen on maximizing your RC car’s performance with LiPo batteries? Safety comes first. Here’s a comprehensive guide to safely handle, charge, and dispose of Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. Let’s dive in.

General Info on LiPo Batteries for RC cars

LiPo batteries are a game-changer in RC car performance, offering 350% more energy storage than NiCd batteries with 10-20% less weight. They boast quick charging times, typically under an hour, and don’t suffer from memory or voltage depression issues.

Understanding LiPo Battery Types

There are two main types of LiPo batteries:

Primary (Non-rechargeable) Metallic Lithium Cells: These contain combustible metallic lithium and demand a Class D fire extinguisher in case of fire.

Secondary (Rechargeable) Lithium-Ion Cells: Utilize lithium ions without metallic lithium, making them safer to handle in case of a fire.

Hazards of LiPo Batteries

Mishandling LiPo batteries can lead to fires, explosions, and toxic smoke inhalation. Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific handling, charging, and usage instructions.

Lipo batteries need to be charged and stored correctly.

Charging tips for Lipo batteries

  • Never let positive and negative leads touch to avoid damage or explosion.
  • Charge on non-combustible surfaces like cement or stone.
  • Don’t leave charging batteries unattended or store them in a vehicle.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher nearby, and never use water on LiPo fires.

LiPo Battery Storage

  • Avoid storing LiPo batteries where they can make contact with metal.
  • Store them in temperatures between 0°C to 50°C in non-combustible containers.
  • Maintain a partially charged state for long-term storage to preserve performance.
  •  Keep batteries in a lipo storage bag where possible
  • Keep Lipo batteries away from living areas when not in use
  • Keep them away from other flamable goods

Emergency Response and Disposal

  • Dispose of LiPo batteries through proper waste disposal procedures.
  • If electrolyte contacts skin or eyes, rinse immediately and seek medical help.
  • Do not inhale smoke from burning LiPo batteries; evacuate the area and call emergency services.