What should I do with a lithium ion battery that is inflated and about to explode?

Carol A August 19, 2013

I have a netbook that after charging, the soft-style battery popped the battery cover off. It now looks like it is about to explode. What do I do?

  1. Susendeep D
    November 10, 2013 at 11:22 am


    I hope you are now safe and have successfully disposed the battery to a secure place and using new batteries.

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  2. Tsf O
    August 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Remove the battery carefully and dispose it as recommended on the battery, change the batteries and make sure you do not over charge otherwise you will face the same issue, also check your charger voltage on voltage meter as some time charger can cause such damage.

  3. ??????? G
    August 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Stop using it immediately, remove it and put in in a safe place, as advised in one the previous comments. You can't just throw it away, please, call your local waste disposal company and have it disposed professionally.

    • Carol A
      August 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Thank you :)

  4. Oron Joffe
    August 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Carol, I agree with Kannon and Dalsan in terms of the danger. The first thing to do is to remove the battery and put it in a safe place. A safe place would ideally be outside the house, in case it should go on fire, but you should protect it from the elemenets. Perhaps put it in a plastic bag, and store in in a metal container if you can get one.
    Secondly, assuming the battery came from the laptop’s manufacturer, contact them and ask for a remedy! Batteries should not expand, and shouldn’t be overcharged – this is a safety issue and ought to be part of the design. It’s possible that the company has already issued a recall for your model, but if they haven’t, no matter, They will deal with you and what they ought to do is to replace the battery and possibly replace the charger and/or repair the laptop (again, the battery should not be allowed to overcharge, it is a design fault). If they don’t respond, contact a consumer group and they will take up the matter on your behalf, but most manufacturers take these matters seriously given their liability for injuries etc.

    • Carol A
      August 20, 2013 at 1:37 am

      This was a great help. I appreciate it ..... thank you :)

  5. Hovsep A
    August 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

    if you will buy a new battery check the laptop manufacturer site.

    Buying a Replacement Battery for Your Laptop

    Proper laptop battery usage guide

    • Carol A
      August 20, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Thanks so much for the info. :)

  6. Dalsan M
    August 19, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Kannon is spot on, but if possible, find a place where you can dispose of the battery since in most places it is illegal to dispose of the battery in the garbage. Definitely do not leave the battery in any area with direct sunlight or heat since the battery would be more sensitive to these. When purchasing a new battery, be sure to purchase a decent brand from a decent reputable store or website. If you don't, then the possibility of this happening again would be higher. As for now, place the battery in a metal container just in case it does catch fire.

    • Carol A
      August 20, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Thanks so much :)

  7. Kannon Yamada
    August 19, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Hello Carol, this is VERY important. The most important thing is that you STOP CHARGING the battery. I know you've likely taken this precaution, but it needs repeating.

    Another important thing is that you also must replace this battery and never use it again. It can potentially explode and cause a fire.

    Here's a video of what overcharging a Li-ion battery can do:


    • Carol A
      August 19, 2013 at 3:35 am

      thank you

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