Who says firecrackers are the only things that may explode July 4 (that’s Independence Day here in the United States)?
Fires and explosions of lithium-ion batteries, aka li-ion batteries, are rare. But they do happen.
Check out some wisdom from Stanley Q. Woodvine, a homeless man in Vancouver. He wrote of a Fire whose battery either exploded or “was overheated to a point just short of exploding.”
Here are two ways to help reduce the threat:
1. Go for batteries from known sources.
2. Try to use the right chargers, with precautions against overcharing. The safest bets would be the same as the chargers that came with your gizmos.
The obvious question: Why is Stanley Woodvine homeless? I can think of all kinds of possible reasons. Here is his reply to a reader who wondered if he still lacked a home: “Yes. Why do you ask? Is someone giving free money and a apartments to people with blogs?
“Thank you. I do love these backhanded compliments.”