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Old September 17th, 2014, 19:37   #1
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Lipo bag alternatives

Hi, I've recently switched over to 11.1v Lipo batteries, and was wondering if there is a cheap alternative to buying a Lipo bag or getting an ammo can. Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks!
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Old September 17th, 2014, 19:51   #2
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Old September 17th, 2014, 20:13   #3
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concrete floor...

make sure there's nothing in the area of where you're charging... around or above.

a metal toolbox on ceramic tile will also work.

A lipo bag will not stop a lipo fire, nor will the concrete or ceramic...

it will hopefully contain it long enough for you to do something about it or further prevent the spread of the fire.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 20:17   #4
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Metal ammo can (from army surplus store)
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Old September 17th, 2014, 22:30   #5
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I'm looking for something I can transport, and an ammo can is too bulky, and I'm wondering if there is a way to construct my own bag so I can transport them without one bursting into flames and the rest of my gear catching fire, if one were to get punctured during transport
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Old September 17th, 2014, 23:13   #6
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Is it because you are afraid of accidentally striking hit several times with an hammer while transporting it?

Lipo Battery fire. - YouTube



Now, on a more serious note, I guess you could find a small metal can in a camping/hunting store that would protect your battery. Or maybe an empty coffee can would do.

Personally I've been carrying my Lipos in a regular bag for years without issue.

EDIT: Actualy, the only issue I had was the small charging wire ripping at its base making it impossible to charge my battery, so I had to buy a new one.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 23:28   #7
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Lipo bags are really inexpensive - less than $3. I cannot think of anything else (off of the top of my head) that would be cheaper than that.

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Old September 18th, 2014, 00:12   #8
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I think a small pelican case for transporting lipo's would be good.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 00:19   #9
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a bag is not meant to transport them... they're for charging discharging the batteries.


I use something like this:

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Plano...age-P3600.html

go to walmart. they're 5 bucks. leave the whole box in the car, don't carry batteries with you on your kit.

A guy here in ottawa tripped and fell on a branch, it punctured the spare lipo that he was carrying in a pouch... it went up in flames while strapped to him.

No injury, but good enough reason not to carry a battery with you on your kit... at least without a hard case/box.

If you must carry one on your kit in a utility pouch, find an appropriate hard case to put it in that will at least offer some protection.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 00:31   #10
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I haven't actually used a lipo bag since the 2nd time I charged a lipo.
They charge right next to me, so I know right away if somethings going wrong.

They also only fail during charging if something bad happened to them prior to charging, so you've got really good safety windows on them.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 09:38   #11
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I've never used a bag for charging. Mine barely warm up during charging, less than any other battery I've used in the past actually. I charge ANY battery away from anything that could catch fire and always monitor them throughout charging. I use a Pelican case, (I already had a few) for transport. Not because I'm worried about a fire but it just keeps everything together. A bag won't help against them getting banged around, crushed or punctured, any hard case should suffice. I recommend plastic just in case an end manages to come off, (shouldn't) but that way less chance of it shorting out.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 09:57   #12
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Make sure you have the proper lipo handling equipment.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 10:02   #13
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Ceramic flower pots are a good alternative.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 10:16   #14
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Alright thanks, I guess a small hard case would work, yes that whole story with a Lipo going up in flames is what I was trying to avoid, thanks lurkingknight
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Old September 18th, 2014, 10:44   #15
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Just use care and common sense. I've been using lipos for years in RC Heli's and cars, I only use a lipo bag while charging, if it's going to go it's going to go, you do NOT have time to do anything about it once the reaction starts so definitely use something or put it on non flammable ground and away from flammables while charging.

During transport is the least likely time for a lipo to spontaneously catch fire, as long as you keep them protected (i.e. don't put a screw driver in the same container) you're fine. The vast majority of fires are because of over charging (either too fast or too much) and the left over small parts are from damage and of course on purpose. I've seen a 22.2v 3000mah lipo survive a heli crash from 50' up. Punctured, torn, ripped apart but it didn't catch on fire.

For transport I use everything from a Plano tackle box (for batteries, tools and spare parts) to lunch box's to tool boxes... etc. I've even used those cheap ziploc containers meant for lunches...

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