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What is the best way of storing lipo batteries together when not in use? There is a chance that the deans connector might contact a metal object especially when stored altogether in one container leading to a short circuit. Is placing an electrical tape at the tip of each battery's deans connector advisable or just an overdo. Please advise. Any picture layout will help. Thank you.

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mr dan

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Lipos I do not use , I store in the fridge in the garage, all my lipos have caps on the ends (battery buddies) these are a great help when you take more than a 16 lipos to the field , after use I just switch the cap to ablack one so I know that lipo is used already. I even slip them over my EC5 connectors as well.

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Amazing caps

Great job. Very wise. Thank you for the pictures.

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VKGT

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I have a couple of Ammo cans that I bought at the gun show. They work great and I mainly keep them out of the house anyway. To keep the connectors from touching anything, I typically put a piece of velcro across the connector to hold it to the side of the pack

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Stephen Born

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mr dan

Nice technique insuring safety. +1

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I like the cap and refrigerator idea! Very nice

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mr dan

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I like the cap and refrigerator idea! Very nice
My wife doesnt! LOL! I store them in there durring long periods non use after charging or discharging to a storage setting.

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cmdiduca

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Given how volatile these things can be, it's almost tough to find anywhere to store them.

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Muddin_Mavric

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Vesper WI

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i keep mine in a wood burning furnace in the basement. should they all start on fire all the smoke and heat will go right out the chimney i put them in a ammo can when charging them or transporting them.

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JOLT

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I keep mine in a cinder block box on a stone patio in my sunroom.

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RICHW

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Keeping them in an ammo container (which I have done on occasion) is OK if you don't lock down the lid and thus create a potentially explosive device. I put suspect batteries in the barbeque grill and was very glad i did that on one occasion. I left for two minutes and came back to a totally incinerated 3S pack.

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bart2546

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I keep mine in an ammo box BUT I removed the rubber seal from around the lid so that I can still latch it to keep it closed but it prevents it from being air tight. Works just fine.

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Gailvin

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How well would a steel tool box be for storing them?

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BisonFlyer

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I use a large ammo/rocket box for all my packs. I drilled 3 1" holes in each side (about an inch down from the top)to vent the case. It would be a smoky mess if they went up, but nice and safe aside from the smoke. I actually bring them to the field this way too since its the easiest way to carry a ton of batteries at once (aside from being heavy as hell).

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one of those big guys... I just painted it black and lined the interior to avoid any chance of a short (although a short really isn't possible even without any liner)

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GMPheli

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The best thing to store them in is a either a ceramic or metal container with a vent to the outside. The fumes that come off burning lipos are very caustic. If you just store them in say an ammo container, and they do burn. The room that they are stored in will get covered in the smoke which can causes a lot of corrosion. This is from a post from Peter Wales:

I had a lipo fire in my shop a few years ago, The LiPo was in the middle of a bench by itself and burnt the bench pretty bad, but that was all that got burnt.

The smoke left a carbonish deposit over all of the walls and all the paint needed sealing and repainting. Every piece of steel in the room went rusty, including my mill, lathe and pillar drill. All my tools went rusty as did every bolt head and nut on all my helis.

The smoke settled and left a fine dust everywhere.

The AC unit sensed the temperature in the room had increased so it turned on and sucked all the smoke and fine particles into the duct system depositing them in the next rooms. The particles were too small for the filters to catch them. The other rooms needed painting. All the cloth needed replacing as the fine dust had a high carbon content so when you touched it, it left a black streak. My wifes dresses in the closets and all of her hundreds of pairs of shoes needed replacing as they couldn't be cleaned.

You can contain the fire damage with LiPo sacks and other things, but the smoke will do a lot of damage and if you charge them up in your garage, just have a look and see how much steel is in there which will need cleaning or replacing.

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Toadster25

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I only have two lipos for my trex 450. I just leave them in the case with the heli. Is that a bad idea? I figured as long as the battery is just sitting around not being charged or discharged they would be safe or could a charged lipo just sitting around catch fire?

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Anthony.L

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I just leave them in the case with the heli. Is that a bad idea? I figured as long as the battery is just sitting around not being charged or discharged they would be safe or could a charged lipo just sitting around catch fire?
An assumption that many of us pilots make....however it's a bad assumption. There have been cases of lipos catching fire just sitting on a bench not doing anything. Granted, it's VERY rare.

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