Industry Topics

Battery Safety – Take immediate action when a battery is visibly overheating

For a battery with flame or a battery with signs of overheating (e.g. smoking, smoldering or melting), immediate action is required. If the battery is connected to a battery charger, always unplug the battery charger first. After unplugging the battery charger, then: For a battery with signs of overheating, pour copious amounts of water on […]

Use Original Power Tool Manufacturer Batteries – Avoid the Hazards of Knock-Off and Counterfeit Batteries

Li-Ion batteries have become the industry-standard energy source for cordless power tools. There are numerous beneficial reasons for this – with an accompanying need for safe handling (see PTI’s industry topic, “Safe Handling and Use of Li-Ion Batteries for Power Tools”). Another important safety aspect is thoughtful battery selection. Reputable Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) have […]

General Lithium Ion Battery Safety

Safe Handling and Use of Li-Ion Batteries for Power Tools For many years, the chemistry used in power tool batteries was commonly nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) and nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd). During the past decade there has been an almost universal conversion to lithium-ion (Li-Ion). There were numerous reasons for the change, such as higher energy […]

Battery Safety – Understanding Battery Recycling

Recycle your portable rechargeable batteries to conserve natural resources, to prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream, and ultimately, to preserve our environment. Portable rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. The most common recycled portable battery chemistries […]

Safe Transportation of Batteries

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) has issued information to inform the traveling public about the importance of properly packing and handling batteries and battery-powered devices when they are carried aboard passenger aircraft. The information includes reference to the Federal Regulations that passengers must follow when traveling with these products. PTI encourages passengers that are […]