Do not burn old flashlight batteries


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/11/do-not-burn-old-flashlight-bat.html


#2

Probably wasn’t the best advice even then but perhaps marginally better for the environment than landfill.


#3

Burning NiCad batteries are environmentally regrettable. Burning LiPo batteries are “get a new house”.

We’re pushing the limits of battery tech. Don’t fuck around with them.


#4

agreed, the new ones, especially LiPo are so much more exciting


#5

Well that seals it then, this Radio Shack Battery Club card is totally useless if I can’t even burn these crappy carbon batteries in the fire!


#6

See, now I want to go and test that.


#7

Keep a bucket of sand handy. Not child-safe toys.


#8

And this is why God invented YouTube.


#9

#10

But how will I keep my home shipshape?


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#12

Eugh. “May help prevent soot formation”. How wishy-washy. I hope Popular Science rose above such frippery.


#13

My father always used to pull apart old zinc-carbon batteries, and put the zinc and carbon on the coal fire. He did it to avoid having to sweep the chimney. I can’t see how such a tiny amount of material could clean a whole chimney, and he was a scientist, so I doubt if it convinced him either. We usually burned phurnacite which was not supposed to give as much soot anyhow. I cannot remember our chimney ever being swept.


#14

Do not burn old flashlight batteries

Don’t tell me what to do

/explosion


#15

Can we get an “oddlyspecificadmonishments” tag for future posts?


#16

I kept my LiPos in a little besa block house in the shed, with a single tile roof.


#17

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