The 18650-style lithium-ion battery is one of the most common types of batteries used in households worldwide. It’s versatile, easy to find, and relatively inexpensive. They’re also very safe to use, but like any battery, there’s always a slight risk that something could go wrong and that an explosion could occur. So, why does this happen, and what can you do to prevent this from happening to you?
Explosions of 18650-style batteries are caused by overcharging the batteries. This causes permeant damage to the internal workings of the battery. However, if your batteries are constructed properly, this is not likely to happen to you. Instead, most household battery explosions occur because of faulty batteries. Amazon and eBay have hundreds of listings of fake and dangerous 18650 batteries. These batteries may have been wired improperly, causing them to short-circuit. Even in this case, a properly-constructed battery will also feature a pressure valve at the top that prevents explosions from occurring.
In normal use, the 18650 batteries that get explosion are generally inferior batteries. The safety of regular lithium-ion batteries is actually quite good. The main reason that can cause the lithium battery to explode is that the battery with poor quality is prone to the internal short circuit during use.
Even though using high-quality batteries will prevent most explosions from happening, it’s also important to note that other issues such as high temperature, deformation, or even puncture of the battery may also cause the battery to explode. Using your batteries safely and keeping them out of harm’s way will protect you from dangerous situations.
So, what can you do to prevent a battery explosion in your own home? Besides buying your batteries from well-known brands, our primary recommendation is to buy branded, high-quality chargers for your rechargeable batteries and devices. This will make sure that batteries are not accidentally overcharged, which can sometimes occur with low-quality or off-brand chargers. You should also always store your batteries in dry, non-humid environments, and in room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Doing these things can make sure that your battery stays functional and undamaged.
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