This fire in my home town is suspected to have been started by a LiPo. (Though that hasn't yet been confirmed by the fire investigation authorities.)

"A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, says Les is a member of the Nelson Model Aero Club."

Thankfully the occupants are both safe, and fully insured, but boy they were lucky to get out alive. Imagine if this happened at night when they were asleep.

I store my LiPo's in fire proof bags in the house. I'll store them in fire proof bags in the garden shed from now on.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/67536649/Intense-blaze-dest...

http://nelsonlive.co.nz/news/2015/03/fire-destroys-stoke-couples-ho...

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Comment by Jonathan Hair on March 30, 2015 at 6:25am

The bags are better than nothing, but I suggest some metal ammo boxes. I store all of my lipo's that way.


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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on March 30, 2015 at 6:45am

@Jonathan,

Yes, metal ammo boxes are the best, but it is getting harder to find metal ones as they seem to be making them out of ABS plastic now.

Regards,

TCIII AVD

Comment by Erman Ozen on March 30, 2015 at 7:26am
Should be no problem finding metal ammo boxes. Have a look at ocal army surplus stores or eBay. Bought my 50 cal box for 20GBP. Rubber waterproof seal, added closed cell foam to the bottom and sides as well as small pieces as dividers between batteries and i use the bags while charging.
Comment by Dave Wicks on March 30, 2015 at 7:49am
I found a great military ammo box at a garage sale for $5. Filled the bottom with half an inch of sand and keep 2 lipo bags inside the ammo box.
Comment by Cala on March 30, 2015 at 7:56am

I use a common metalic tool box, It's safe?

Comment by John Stuart on March 30, 2015 at 8:37am

I use a converted metal post box. I've noticed metal boxes have become really expensive if you buy them new, so converting something you already have is a cheaper option.


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Comment by Sgt Ric on March 30, 2015 at 8:49am

I also bought two ammo boxes a few years ago, but now I worry that once they are latched shut, they would create one heck of a b0mb.  The amount of smoke and flame generated by a lipo "cooking off" frankly scares me! 

Comment by Aaron Wiedenfeld on March 30, 2015 at 8:55am

I have the fire proof bags, in a big heavy duty metal cabinet with wheels and vent holes so it won't blow and I can move it away from flammable stuff. The cabinet is right next to where I work, and so I also have a fire extinguisher on my desk to keep the fire from spreading. I also am ushally sitting right by them monitoring them while I work on the computer.

PS, I'm terrified of lipos if you haven't noticed hehehe

Thanks!

Aaron

Comment by Erman Ozen on March 30, 2015 at 8:58am

If the ammo box is air tight that should help starve it of oxygen should it decide to smolder and catch fire, one would hope.

Comment by Aaron Wiedenfeld on March 30, 2015 at 9:01am

@erman actually lipos make their own oxygen

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