PSA: 9 volt battery burns down house

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  1. brewwagon

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    all batteries should be disposed of properly at the recycling depot :cool:
     
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    Who's losing sleep? You're the one that keeps bringing up the laws.

    Good for you, ignorance is perfectly legal.
     
  3. Frodebro

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    Except those destroyed in the fires, of course.
     
  4. Alamo

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    Exactly!
    I did just that on Saturday.
    I also check them with a multimetre.
    some old germanium MXR distortions just like the sound of sagging batteries - those one's aren't going to the recycler yet.
     
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    Irony thy name is Alanis.
     
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    A guitarist that I used to jam with a lot had a 9-volt short out on an allen wrench in his guitar case. The bugger blew up and put a big ole hole in the side of one of those stiff foam roadrunner cases. Luckily his guitar wasn't in the case at the time. Although, it did scare the crap out of him when he woke up to a loud bang in the middle of the night.

    One of my coworkers just got out of jail. He said that some guys in there were bridging the terminals on extension chords to light cigarettes in the bathroom! So of course I grabbed the 9-volt out of my car and we bridged the terminals to see if we could heat up the wire enough to light a smoke. The battery got too hot to hold pretty quickly making us wary about exploding it, so we never got to find out if we could use it as a lighter.
     
  7. Lunchie

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    I don't throw my batteries in the trash until its time to put it on the curb, that way if there is a fire its the cities problem :D. Yes, you should have them recycled but my town hasnt given us a place to recycle them so they get tossed.
     
  8. lineboat

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    I lost a home to fire 5 years ago. I'm paranoid as hell about everything you can imagine now, but it doesn't matter. There's always going to be some odd freak of an unheard of incident to throw a wrench in the wheel. I recently saw a ball of dust inside of an HVAC unit start a fire on the heating coils. Does that mean electric heat should be banned? Don't think so. IMO, we do the best we can and accept what life throws at us. Simple as that
     
  9. Swampash&Tweed

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    Great video and an excellent reminder, especially to the 9V junkies we have here. I never thought dead batteries produced anything. Wow. I will take heed! :neutral:
     
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    I almost burned one in my pants pocket with loose change.
     
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    We had a girl here at work set her freezer suit on fire by keeping a scanner battery in the pocket along with loose change.
     
  12. Vladimir

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    Well, I do recall back in the day when a battery in my pedal would go dead, I'd look up the ceiling and steal the one from the smoke detector. I guess you could say it was a fire risk.
     
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    When I worked as a hearing aid tech, one very prominate company made a remote control for some of their models using 2 x AA cells. One batch had an assembly fault which could short them out and some left a nasty burn on a few of the clients legs who kept them in their pants pocket. One actually started a fire. Doesn't have to be high voltage to start a fire.
     
  14. ItchyFingers

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    That was an eye opener. Thank you!
    BTW the way Lipos have probably burned down more homes than 9 volts though.
    I use Lipos in my remote controlled planes and they can get very hot when charging. I charge them in a metal box.
    Cell phone batteries, camera batteries, Lithium Polomer <<<<<or however you spell or gramatize all that.
    There are some interesting lipo fire stories here:
    (148) Lipo charged on correct settings ignites - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=654348
    (149) Lipo catches fire after crash damage. - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=662396
    (150) Lipo fire during charging burns house. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...43&postcount=1
    (151) Punctured lipo ignites - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...9&postcount=64
    (152) A123 fire during charging – cause unknown - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...99#post8554156
    (153) Cause unknown – Battery on benchtop burns http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=779431
    (154) Battery ignites after crash - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800629
    (155) Battery ignites during flight - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=127
    (156) Damaged lipo pack catches fire in flight - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=14
    (157) Battery ignites during charge - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=154
    (158) House Burns – Lipo charging in garage. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=191
    (159) Lipo charging in back of SUV catches fire - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=199
    (160) Lipo catches fire 2 hrs after charging and off charger - http://myhobbycity.com/showthread.php?t=2883
    (161) Dog bites lipo – lipo heats up but is dunked before igniting. - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...35&postcount=4
    (162) Garage Burns, charging with balancer http://www.3drc.info/forum/showthread.php?t=1137
    (163) Another Garage fire - complete loss - fire during charging - http://www.3drc.info/forum/showthread.php?t=888
    (164) New battery catches fire – didn't have connectors on it yet. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post10463160
    (165) 5 packs being charged burn - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=228
    (166) Pack on charger with balancer ignites - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=945715
    (167) Pack on balancing charger ignites - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=947656
    (168) Pack catches fire when lid closed on leads. http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t473552p1/
    (169) Pack on charger causes workshop fire. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=978810
    (170) Very new pack with GWS CP -LP charger ignites - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...8#post11861155
    (171) Pack puffs on charger – taken outside where it ignites - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=64
    (172) Pack gets hot on charger, ignites outside - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=363
    (173) Dropped pack catches fire minutes later - http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...3&postcount=28
    (174) Lipo catches fire for no apparent reason - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...11&postcount=3
    (175) Plane lands after short flight, battery disconnected, battery ignites shortly after - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=373
    (176) Battery ignites in plane during charging - http://www.jaxrc.com/forums/showthre...ight=lipo+fire
    (177) Pack on Display in Hobby Shop catches fire - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...98&postcount=4
    (178) Pack charging in van ignites, burns van - http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t519305p1/
     
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    any houses burned down today? I forgot to check the news....
     
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    I don't know why some have such a problem with this. The guy in the video made a point of taking personal responsibility for what happened to him, and simply passed on his experience and an easy safety tip. Completely the opposite from demanding laws or suing manufacturers. In fact, if you feel strongly about those things, I'd think this guy would be someone you'd hold up as a great example. Except for the "burning down his house" part, of course!

    Like rwsand, I got a small dose of the 9V thing once, I was doing something in kind of hurry and stuck one in my pocket. After a couple of minutes, it got very hot down there. The battery had shorted on a coin and started to heat up, fast. Danger, Willie Robinson!
     
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    the OP said this:
    that struck me as humorous; like how many lives have actually been lost due to 9V batteries? Absolutely none that I know of. How many lives have been lost due to jump-rope accidents? Probably a lot more than due to 9V batteries.

    so, yes - if you want to get all serious and worried - by all means, listen to this guy and follow his advice.
     
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    Wow! Thanks for the post!
     
  19. SybotCB

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    For the record, I saw a documentary of the coffee thing. And the lady that sued had a very good point and McDonalds practice with coffee was worth stopping.

    The media, (pushed by McDonalds) shortly after pushed to have her vilified as frivolous, even though she won. And it worked as that's the common belief these days.
     
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    I as well almost had a fire in my pants because of a 9V. I had changed out a wireless mic battery right before taking the pulpit and I put the battery in my pocket with some loose change. Every so often I would get this heat, and then it would go away, and then it would come back all the while I was preaching... pretty soon it got really hot and I started whacking my left thigh trying to figure out what was on fire. The congregation got a real kick out of it and I had a nice penny with burn marks on it afterwards.
     
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