Lithium Ion Batteries Raise Concerns…Again

Lithium Ion Batteries Continue to Cause Harm

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries have been a hot topic in the news for some time now.  Most recently, Li-Ion powered headphones exploded mid-flight, which resulted in minor burns to the user on her hands and face.  Within the last 12 months, there have been recalls from HP, Toshiba and Samsung for fire and explosion hazards that arise with the Li-Ion batteries used within their devices.  Over the last year, there has also been concerns regarding the Li-Ion batteries used to power hoverboards.  Tragically, a recent fire, that is believed to be caused by the Li-Ion batteries within a hoverboard, claimed the life of a young child.  We have said it before, and will say it again — when will alternative methods be found to power these devices?

The hazards associated with Li-Ion batteries are nothing new.  Li-Ion batteries have been known to pose fire and explosion hazards since 2006.  PC Pitstop even commissioned an experiment to expose the risk of Li-Ion batteries in 2006.  In 2013 they did a repeat of the experiment, showing additional measures were not implemented to enhance the safety of these batteries.

At some point, something needs to be done.  These batteries have not only put people’s lives in danger, but have claimed the life of a young child.  In a world where technological advancements happen daily, there has to be an alternative power solution.


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2 thoughts on “Lithium Ion Batteries Raise Concerns…Again”

  1. When you poke a sharp object in one of these batteries, thermal runaway is almost instantaneous. Please, people, do not try this go to You Tube and look for videos of people doing it.

    So there’s all this concern about having these batteries in headphones, laptops, power tools, and the like. But on the other hand there’s this huge slobbering love affair with Elon Musk’s Tesla – and other electrics – which wouldn’t be possible without a huge Li-Ion battery inside. There are a few people building huge buildings full of these things to store power during the nighttime hours at solar and wind farms. Wait until one of these goes up.

    The Cognitive Dissonance here is enormous. A tiny lithium battery in a headset is a problem, but a car with a thousand pounds of Li-Ion in it is heralded as a magical thing we should all rush out and buy to save the planet. The chances of a puncture in a car are far greater than a headphone….

    1. @Alan Robbins: Are we just trying to make these things to thin?
      Thinness is a feature I couldn’t care less about, or want to pay for. Is this all Apple can come up with to get their hands in our pockets?

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