Safety Tips When Handling Li-Ion Batteries

Xerider gives you some safety tips if you ever think about carrying out a battery repair or battery change yourself.

1. Do not use a damaged battery

A swollen, damaged, deformed or leaky battery can pose serious safety problems. If you find yourself in any of these situations, immediately disconnect the battery and place it on a solid, non-metallic surface and take the battery to an appropriate waste disposal center.

2. How to handle a battery when it has been submerged

When your electric scooter or monowheel has taken a good shower, always check if the battery has taken on water. If the battery does not appear to be damaged, unplug it, remove it from the machine and place it on a stable, non-metallic surface to dry. If you have silica (moisture absorber) packets, place the battery in a box with the packets to absorb moisture. Clean the rest of your machine and let it dry for at least 3 days before reconnecting the battery to the scooter.

3. Always have a sandbox/foam fire extinguisher

Having a bucket of sand nearby when handling scooter batteries can be helpful. It's not for building sandcastles, but it can be an effective way to put out a possible lithium fire. As soon as you see smoke coming from the battery, pour the sand directly onto the battery. This will be more effective than a regular powder fire extinguisher. Foam-based fire extinguishers work just as well. You should therefore always have one of these 2 safety items on hand when handling damaged lithium-ion batteries.

4. Always check for debris after a repair

When replacing a battery in the battery compartment of an electric scooter, always check for foreign objects or sharp debris before inserting the battery. During a repair, screws or other metal shavings may have fallen into the battery compartment. When inserting the battery, sharp objects may penetrate the battery.

5. Use good quality batteries

You may have heard about hoverboard batteries randomly exploding a few years ago. Most of them were caused by low-quality, uncertified batteries, which are sold at very low prices.

UL certified batteries are stable and safe in most conditions. Quality battery cells from Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Sanyo are generally more reliable than li-ion cells made in China.

These 5 tips, simple to follow, may be useful to you one day if you decide to carry out the repair on your EDP yourself.
At Xerider we strongly encourage everyone who works with batteries to follow these few safety tips and with a little common sense (well-lit room, easy escape route, etc.) this should not be a problem. However, most Li-ion batteries are actually very stable and easy to handle, especially when they come from a reliable manufacturer.
On the other hand, if you are not sure that you can repair your machine alone, it is preferable to take it to a specialized repair workshop.