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How to Safely Store Lithium Ion Batteries

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Since their introduction in 1991, lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries remain popular among small and large corporations alike, due to their long lifespans and lightweight designs. Today we use them as the main power source for smartphones, laptops, tablets, military drones, and even electric cars. However, if lithium batteries are not stored properly, they can be extremely dangerous. In this article, we’ll offer some suggestions on how to store lithium batteries.

Tips for Lithium Ion Battery Storage

Temperature is vital for understanding how to store lithium batteries. The recommended storage temperature for most is 59° F (15° C). But that’s not the case across the board, so before storing lithium batteries, thoroughly read labels on proper storage for your specific battery type. Lithium battery storage buildings with climate control are ideal for storing bulk-quantities of Li-Ion batteries at specific temperatures to ensure a safe storage environment. how-to-store-lithium-batteries Also, be aware of the state of charge while storing. Always keep lead acid at a full charge during storage. Nickel and lithium-ion batteries should be stored at around 40% state of charge. If improper storage occurs, lithium ion batteries might become unstable. This may cause excessive heat to damage it internally and potentially catch on fire. Store cells with a charge between 30% and 50%. The cells can be stored fully discharged, although the cell voltage should not drop below 2.0 for optimal safety. The maximum voltage should not exceed 4.1 volts. Always follow the charging instructions provided with each Li-Ion battery.

How to Store Lithium Ion Batteries: Maintenance and Handling Precautions

  • Monitor battery charge status while charging
  • Ensure temperature controls are set to specified temperatures
  • Observe run time with a fully-charged battery
  • Ensure batteries self-discharge
  • Check batteries before placing them in storage for irregularities in charge status
  • Avoid exposing Li-Ion batteries to excessive vibration
  • Do not keep batteries in high or low temperatures
  • Always handle batteries with caution
  • Place batteries in storage after the building reaches compliant temperature levels
  • Do not use damaged batteries
  • In case of contact with fluid do not rub eyes. Immediately flush eyes at an eyewash station
  • Wash hands after handling batteries
  • In the event of contact on clothing, change clothing immediately

How to Store Lithium Ion Batteries with a U.S. Chemical Storage Building

Li-Ion batteries present challenges and hazards to manufacturers and industries who store these powerful energy tools. U.S. Chemical Storage provides safe, reliable, prefabricated storage buildings designed to safely store lithium batteries. Non-fire rated designs offer lithium batteries to be stored outside of facilities, while fire-rated lithium storage buildings can be located near or even inside facilities to provide efficient manufacturing operations. Lithium battery storage buildings are 100% customizable and can be equipped with charging stations. Use multi-room storage buildings to safely separate charging stations from battery storage. Other recommended options for lithium battery storage buildings include fire suppression systems, climate control, mechanical ventilation, fiberglass grated flooring and a variety of door styles for exit and entry.

Contact Us Today for Your Lithium Battery Storage Building Solutions

Let U.S. Chemical Storage engineer and manufacture a state-of-the-art, reliable lithium ion battery storage building to meet your needs. For a free consultation or quote, contact us online.


2 thoughts on “How to Safely Store Lithium Ion Batteries

    1. Elevated temperature generally hastens permanent capacity loss in Li-ion batteries. We recommend they be stored in a cool, dry location (like our pre-fabricated storage buildings) with AC and temperature controls to store them at around 15-degrees Celsius for the ideal performance. We strongly recommend you reach out to the battery’s manufacturer for specifics for your specific type of Li-ion battery’s limitations.

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