Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by RyanL, Jun 21, 2006.
someone set up us the bomb.
Lithium would be my guess. Faulty lithium cells can plate out lithium metal on the anode if the charging circuit allows for too much voltage. At the same time the cathode starts to oxidize and build up O2 in the cell. If the battery ruptures the metal would react with the air and burn (in an oxygen rich atmosphere no less). Think sodium metal but much MUCH more volatile. For added kicks some of the electrolytes in lithium cells are also very flammable.
There are a lot of safety measures in lithium cells but when they go they can really go.
wasn't there some laptop manufacturer that issued a recall because the batteries could be overcharged and may explode?