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LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby wildblue30 on Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:04 pm

Here is a video someone posted on the RC Groups Tundra forum. Pretty dumb idea, and even more so with bare feet...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... faAvaK7liA
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby retiredVTT on Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:56 pm

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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby wildblue30 on Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:47 pm

I see that now Bill. It looks like he decided to remove it from YouTube.
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby bdg on Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:42 pm

Hmmmm.... bare feet... LiPo.... dumb idea..... sounds intriguing!?

I understand that there are recycling depots through HRM for LiPo batteries.... Note that I haven’t done this yet.... These are really meant (I believe) for laptop type Li-Ion batteries, but I *believe* that LiPos are also suitable. I would suggest that these should be 100% discharged first - monitor the battery throughout and do this outside and connect a 12V car light bulb to the battery until it is discharged. Then you can disassemble the battery.... is this the best option? I don’t know and I am open to better suggestions!!!
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby wildblue30 on Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:00 pm

bdg wrote:
I understand that there are recycling depots through HRM for LiPo batteries.... Note that I haven’t done this yet.... These are really meant (I believe) for laptop type Li-Ion batteries, but I *believe* that LiPos are also suitable. I would suggest that these should be 100% discharged first - monitor the battery throughout and do this outside and connect a 12V car light bulb to the battery until it is discharged. Then you can disassemble the battery.... is this the best option? I don’t know and I am open to better suggestions!!!


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I made an EC3 harness with a 12V light bulb just for that purpose, but it does take a while to discharge. I have also used the salt water method, as suggested by Greg at MSC. I cut the connectors off of the old LiPo and then place them in a bucket of salt water, then leave it to sit and discharge into the brine solution for 24 hours. I use an elastic band to keep the red wire lead away from the black lead to avoid a short circuit.

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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby bdg on Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:15 am

Great idea. And I have certainly "heard" about immersing in an electrolytic solution to dissipate the final charge. I am sure that this whole topic has been discussed in the past and I don't want to shift the focus of this thread.... but the point is still timely....

This is the link to HRM and the recycling program: https://www.call2recycle.ca/batteries/. They specifically reference the Li-Ion batteries but not LiPo batteries.

The next question is: "What do you do with the cells / battery once it is safely discharged?". I have seen a reference online that Lipo is a "variant" of Li-Ion and therefore can be accepted through the recycling program identified above....
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby JohnOSullivan on Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:37 am

I have recycled LiPolys through Staples with my NiCads etc without problems.
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby retiredVTT on Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:07 pm

JohnOSullivan wrote:I have recycled LiPolys through Staples with my NiCads etc without problems.



At this link there are several locations given where batteries can be dropped off, such as Staples, Rona, and Princess Auto.

https://www.call2recycle.ca/locator/
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby wildblue30 on Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:38 am

Ok, here is a link he posted later on the forum. See if this works...

https://lipo.lol/boom
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Re: LiPo disposal method (box cutter)

New postby bdg on Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:19 am

That is a Darwin moment.... "don't try this at home" and then trying to extinguish the fire with his bare foot.... definitely not the "gold" standard for disposal...!

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