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    Should I Dispose Of This LiPo?

    Hi, I was wondering if I should just purchase a new battery due to this expansion of a hardcase LiPo. Thanks, and also what percentage of charge should I store LiPo batteries at, I believe my problem here was storing at full capacity.

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    With softcase lipos you can easily see swelling, when a hardcase expands it's pretty much a goner, Storing at full charge is bad, storing at 50% is better, about 3.85V.
    Problems.The manual's good starting point. Simple

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    If it is swollen, it is no longer safe to use.

    Cells should be at 3.85 volts for storage.... cells, not the entire pack.

    Storing at full capacity will certainly shorten their life span considerably.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    If it's swollen, you have to get rid of it. Charging a damaged or puffed LiPo = substantial chance of fire.

    As far as storing it at full capacity...you're probably right that it caused the damage. It's not healthy for LiPos at all. Charge it, use it.

    There is no storage "percentage" per se; you want the packs to be at 3.8v per cell. Get a decent multimeter from Radio Shack to check your packs before and after use (and right after charging).
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    Or a $5 cell checker from eBay.

    To dispose of your LiPo, hook a small load to it like a 12v light bulb and let it fully discharge outside in a metal container. Then you should be able to throw it away.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Thank you for all of your replies, I've heard of a method of placing the battery in a salt water solution, would it be safer to do this?
    Last edited by iaustin7; 02-10-2013 at 01:45 PM.

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    some lipo information from one of the manufacturers will help also. That way you will have more understanding on what to do. Saves buying new packs and keeping you and others safe from injury. Knowledge is power and an angry lipo can be a powerful beast.
    Problems.The manual's good starting point. Simple

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    I'm bringing it to the hazardous waste facility to get rid of it. Thanks again for your replies.

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    Lipos are safe to depose in the trash they are Environmentally friendly just make sure they are fully discharged .
    Last edited by rhardy60; 02-10-2013 at 06:31 PM.
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