lithium batteries.

Submitted: Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 13:45
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Any body know if this has happened in Oz

GPS was placed in its bracket in the windshield and left in the sun.

The battery overheated and exploded!

Looks like a good lesson to learn. I would bet this also applies to cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, and other devices that use lithium batteries.

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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 15:21

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 15:21
Hi Bill

These photos have been circulating for years and they have been posted on the forum before (cant find thread)....My understanding is that it has nothing to do with a gps containing lithium batteries exploding....

Snopes rates it as FALSE

Which is not to say it can't happen (?) just that the pictures you have posted are not a true example of it.

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 15:37

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 15:37
hi no
but last week while in perth during the heatwave I forgot and left my nav-man 400 gps on the windscreen when it was 39deg for 2 hours and when I came outside and opened the car the gps was so hot
I had to get a piece of rag so I could get it off the screen it was burning hot still had 12v power on plus glaring sun

I made a firm decision there and then never to do that again as I have fear that it could result in a fire luck doesn't last 4 ever
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Reply By: sweetwill - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 16:41

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 16:41
g/day Bill.
A little Armaoil and a cloth will fix it.
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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 18:12

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 18:12
its on the net so it must be true
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Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 18:16
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Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 22:10

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 22:10
I suggest not to be to sure that it has not, does not happen!!!.
While THAT actual picture may not be correct, Lithium batteries have exploded
Just google
Lithium batteries exploding

Nokia, for start, had major problems& issued recalls for THOUSANDS OF PHONES

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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 23:53

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 23:53
Near Bendigo, just last year, a small girl using a dvd player in the back seat of the family car had the unit explode and catch fire while it was in her lap.
The car was stopped at the time and the father was at the front of the car and heard the noise and the his daughter crying. He saved the situation very quickly but some hand and face burns were suffered by the little girl. Also the car required repair to trim. Could have been worse if adults weren't on the spot.
Dick Smith had to recall all units sold by order of authorities.

The girl isn't a fan of DVD players now.

Not sure of the legal wrangling going on post the event.
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Reply By: Adam H - Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 10:11

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 10:11
Hi All

i am a avid remote control car freak and use lithium batteries for there amazing performance, but i will tell you if you treat these batteries badly they are close enough to a bomb that it doesn't matter. if my batteries get over handling temp after using for 30 min i discard. Don't want the batteries blowing up in my RC car.
Just be careful with these types of batteries.
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Reply By: Brian 01 - Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 10:30

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 10:30
Quite apart from what has been said...Be very aware that the Lithium iron Phosphate (LiFePo4, LFP) batteries being advocated for use in RVs are a vastly different beast to the Lithium ion (Li) batteries featured in those above events.
LFP batteries have a very much better safety record, but of course, at this early stage there are fewer in circulation, and generally not in totally uneducated hands.
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Reply By: Keir & Marg - Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 15:11

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 15:11
I fly RC model aircraft which are electric and use Li-Po (lithium polymer batteries) as noted by the RC car poster above. Li-Po's can explode if charged incorrectly, discharged too quickly, or damaged, but I do not believe that Li-Po's are used at all in GPS or mobile phone batteries; NiMH, LiFe or Li-ion batteries are used almost exclusively for GPS/phone applications.
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