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Offline ivan747

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Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« on: July 15, 2017, 03:25:02 am »
Hi, I have bulged (inflated) Li-ion battery from a cell phone at home that I need to get rid of, and safely. I haven't heard of any centers in this country that properly dispose of e-waste like this, so I'd appreciate your suggestions. It is quite bulged.

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Re: Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 03:33:59 am »
There's nothing particularly hazardous inside. You could put it in a bucket of salt water for a day or two to discharge it and make sure it has no energy left, then put it in the regular trash.
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Re: Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 04:24:52 am »
Or, you charge it up fully, stab it with a knife just for fun (somewhere outside), and after it stops erupting and has cooled down THEN put it in the trash.

The whole 'recycle batteries properly' thing comes from lead-acid and nickel-cadmium batteries, that definitely should never end up in landfill, due to the toxic heavy metals. Lead is poisonous, and cadmium is very poisonous. Lithium and copper, not really.

Though, I wouldn't want to breathe the smoke from a Li-Ion battery on fire.
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Re: Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 06:08:11 am »
Considering the Russians smashing lighters and deodorant cans with open flame nearby just for the bang, what's the problem here?
 

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Re: Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 06:18:39 am »
Light up the grill and toss it in. Make sure to post the video here.
 

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Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 12:29:27 pm »
There's nothing particularly hazardous inside. You could put it in a bucket of salt water for a day or two to discharge it and make sure it has no energy left, then put it in the regular trash.

Will a very slow, controlled discharge work? Like a 5k resistor or something?

I also like to see things explode, just not inside my property!!! The grill idea is a good one for isolating any fires.
 

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Re: Disposing of bulged Li-ion battery
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 01:34:45 pm »
Outdoors just slit the outer plastic and leave it on a brick overnight, and in the morning you can see that all the solvent has evaporated and then place it in a plastic bag and drop in the weekly garbage or place in the nearest ewaste bin, depending on where you are and if there is electronic recycling around.
 


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