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    Yup that box is good. Also charge in the flite test lipo bags provided with each of their battery sales , if not buy them. In my case I stick the leads out of the bag flaps to charge and close the bag. I've never seen anyone take that precaution but then Ive seen concrete block lipo charging boxes made on YouTube so pick your level of precaution.
    Check the lipo documentation for max charge rate.
    1C is usually safe.
    Always balance charge.
    When not flying put the batteries to storage charge.
    After a crash be cautious with the lipo and watch for combustion. I've seen two crash related fires and both were within minutes.
    They dont explode, just catch fire. So a lipo safe bag contains the flames.
    Maybe have a smoke detector right above where you charge (I don't but just a thought)
    Some use amo boxes to store. I use lipo bages placed inside tins, metal lunch boxes.

    Dont leave them in a car that is out in the sun.

    I've sometimes found there are as many precautions suggested as people so navigate as best you can.

    My two cents is start with a club and learn / copy them to start and as you gain knowledge try different things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCdiy View Post
    Yup that box is good. Also charge in the flite test lipo bags provided with each of their battery sales , if not buy them. In my case I stick the leads out of the bag flaps to charge and close the bag. I've never seen anyone take that precaution but then Ive seen concrete block lipo charging boxes made on YouTube so pick your level of precaution.
    Check the lipo documentation for max charge rate.
    1C is usually safe.
    Always balance charge.
    When not flying put the batteries to storage charge.
    After a crash be cautious with the lipo and watch for combustion. I've seen two crash related fires and both were within minutes.
    They dont explode, just catch fire. So a lipo safe bag contains the flames.
    Maybe have a smoke detector right above where you charge (I don't but just a thought)
    Some use amo boxes to store. I use lipo bages placed inside tins, metal lunch boxes.

    Dont leave them in a car that is out in the sun.

    I've sometimes found there are as many precautions suggested as people so navigate as best you can.

    My two cents is start with a club and learn / copy them to start and as you gain knowledge try different things.
    A nice list but there are a few others I would like to add, (Based upon experience)

    NEVER attempt to charge a hot battery!
    Refrigeration can reduce puffing, and refrigerated storage can reduce damage from long term storage, (even if fully charged).
    After a crash DO NOT place the crash battery in your lipo safe storage bag with other batteries. A fire from the crashed battery can cause serious overheating of the other batteries and even possibly an explosion of another battery! Isolate all suspect and damaged batteries until definitely cold and safe.

    Perhaps others have tips that they would like to add!

    Just what works for me!

    Have fun!

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    Picked these up from Hobby King.
    At one point I remember seeing someone test these with a propane torch.

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    Dispose of LiPo batteries by calling your local hazardous waste disposal facility and asking them what steps to take before bringing in the batteries to them.

    There are lots of posts on forums with suggestion on LiPo disposal.

    My thought is that I'll follow what my local facility wants me to do before bringing them in.

    Note that battery recycling bins and staff at place like Lowes/Home Depot are geared towards consumer electronic's battery disposal that are not prone to that same hazards as hobby grade LiPo batteries (Samsung cell phones experience being a spectacular exception).

    One forum thread
    http://forum.flitetest.com/showthrea...eally-bad-idea
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    EFL_LiPo_Battery_Guide.pdf
    Horizon/Eflite's LiPo Guide.
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