Lithium Battery pack handling

Storage

  • Store in original UN shipping boxes until ready to use.
  • Should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Ideal temperature for storage is 23°C or below.
  • Segregate new batteries from used or depleted ones. Do not keep an over-abundance of depleted batteries.
  • Storage areas should be equipped with Class D fire extinguishers.
  • Carefully stack boxes to prevent crushing of batteries in lower boxes.

BEFORE USE

  • Know the expected temperature and voltage of the battery before putting it in the tool. This is printed on the battery pack.
  •  Check conditions of packs before use:
  • Make sure there are no cracks, dents, damaged connectors (not bent or broken), or signs of a pack being dropped.
  • Check the wires and harnesses for no kinks.
  • Note any discoloration on the outer tube. This could be the beginning signs of a leaking battery.
  • Note any strange odors, like rotten eggs, and be aware of any abnormal temperatures.
  • Be aware of the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) sheet included with every shipment. This can be reference in emergencies.
  •  Know or establish safety procedures and a safety chain of command. Have an exit plan should there be an emergency. Know plans for warning others in the facility.
  • Keep working areas free from anything that can electrically short a battery, such as metal tools or conductive materials.