Safe Use Of Lithium Ion Battery For Ebikes And Escooters
Safe Use of Lithium Ion Battery For Ebikes And Escooters
Using lithium-ion batteries for e-bikes and e-scooters. As the popularity of these electric modes of transport grows, it’s important to address the fire safety concerns associated with their charging and storage.
Just like the batteries in our mobile phones, e-bikes and e-scooters rely on lithium-ion technology for power. However, if these batteries and their chargers are of substandard quality, damaged, or misused, there’s a risk of overheating. This can lead to intense fires, releasing toxic gases and smoke with very little warning.
In a recent investigation conducted by the consumer safety charity Electrical Safety First, nearly 60 listings on popular online marketplaces were found to contain highly dangerous e-bike chargers that didn’t meet UK safety standards. This highlights the importance of ensuring the safety of our charging practices.
To help protect yourself and others from the dangers of e-bike, e-scooter, or lithium-ion fires, please follow these safety guidelines:
– Whenever possible, avoid charging your e-bikes and e-scooters indoors.
– Do not store or charge them in communal areas, as this can hinder people’s ability to escape in case of an emergency.
– Charge your batteries while you are awake and alert, and avoid charging them when you are away from home.
– Keep a safe distance from combustible or flammable materials while charging.
– Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly. If you charge or store your e-bike or e-scooter in a garage or kitchen, consider installing heat alarms for better detection.
– Always use the manufacturer-approved charger and carefully follow the instructions.
– Remember to unplug the charger once you’re done using it.
– Regularly check your battery for any signs of damage.
– Avoid covering chargers or battery packs during charging, as it may lead to overheating and fire hazards.
– Never overcharge your battery. Refer to the instructions for recommended charge times.
In the event of an e-bike, e-scooter, or lithium-ion battery fire, do not attempt to extinguish it yourself. Instead, prioritize your own safety by getting out and staying out, then call emergency services right away.
Stay safe and enjoy your rides with peace of mind!