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Old 06-24-2011, 02:47 PM #1
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Default Buying Li-Ions for my Dad - Safety Concern

My father (who is of sound mind BTW) has a birthday coming up. I recently visited my parents at their cabin and my dad fell in love with my Q5 flashlight. He is used to plastic body flashlights and D-cell maglights

Long story short I figured it would be a great birthday present to get him a decent flashlight, 18650, and charger.

However I worry about the dangers of Li-ions. I baby my cells while charging making sure to keep an eye on them and see if they are getting hot. I also usually check the voltage after charging.

My father is even more anal than myself so I think as long as I explain the danger all should be fine. What do you guys think? Would you feel ok giving an 18650 as part of a present?

I have never had a cell vent or had any issues so I am unsure of how often people have problems with them.


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Yeah if you make sure to explain how to handle li ion batteries and if he is anal as you says he is, I think you should be fine!
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Um... actually to me, all batteries are somewhat dangerous, not just lithium battery. I think your dad can handle it But then again, yes you should talk to him about the danger... but I personally think lithium is safe as long as you put it under right temperature, don't make short it, and then don't over charge it... it should be remain stable for a long time
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Um... actually to me, all batteries are somewhat dangerous, not just lithium battery. I think your dad can handle it But then again, yes you should talk to him about the danger... but I personally think lithium is safe as long as you put it under right temperature, don't make short it, and then don't over charge it... it should be remain stable for a long time
The D-cell alkalines he is used to dont have a history of bursting into flames spewing toxic fumes....so I consider Li-ions a bit more dangerous....

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Helios;

I would not be concerned about giving your dad a 18650 cell.

Just make sure the cell has passed #UL1642 safety testing.

This testing abuses the cell in many ways and is required for legal shipping.

This generally means a "name brand" cell from a major manufacturer.

I like Sanyo/Panasonic, LG and Samsung cells in my builds (all UL tested).

A good charger is also a requirement.

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P.S. I have used hundreds of these cells in RC trucks (high amp drains) and lights,
and have never had a cell even vent.
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Yeah I have some of your cells Larry and they have been great.
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