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  •  Disposal of Lithium Batteries (1+ / 0-)
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    and human health...

    Are there studies for a lay reader about lithium and health impact in water and air?

    If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama

    by ohcanada on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 09:57:48 AM PDT

    •  And how recyclable are they? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 10:18:55 AM PDT

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      •  Very (3+ / 0-)
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        Virtually 100% of the material can be reclaimed.

        BTW, NEVER discard Li ion batteries in the trash, It is not only an environmental hazard but potentially and explosion hazard.

        And dont pack ungrounded cells in suitcases, this has the same potential hazard and is illegal for air travel in many countries.

        "Life immitates art, but takes license." - ko

        by koNko on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 10:55:41 AM PDT

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          explaine the suitcase / battery problem?  What do you mean by ungrounded?  Are you saying they can explode just being in youur suitcase>  Yikes!

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            If the contacts are shorted by a metal object, the battery can overheat.

            Some (now most) compound batteries have a sensor to detect a hard short (verses a slow drain) and cust the circuit.

            Some older batteries do not have this feature and present a hazard, and bare batteries don't.

            Perhaps you may recall some Apple and other batteries sontaniously exploding or catching fire. This was cased by very fine metal fragments that were included in the manufacturing process and eventially caused shorts.

            Most batteries produced in the past 3 years or so should be safe, but some airlines prohibit them in checked luggage as a precaution.

            If you store the spare module in a nylon or plastic case it should be safe.

            "Life immitates art, but takes license." - ko

            by koNko on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 10:28:28 PM PDT

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