Is the Power Bank you are considering buying safe? Did you know that many Power Banks can catch fire if they are not certified?

Did you know that recently 170,000 un-certified Power Banks were recalled due tto fire hazard. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/AP-Specialties-Recalls-Power-Bank-Chargers/ 

It’s true! Even though you may me buying from a reputable company they may not know they are selling you a potentially dangerous and explosive electronic device!

In fact Thai airlines (and many others) have banned Power Banks from on board travel (read article)

Power Banks are made in 2 basic ways.  Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly or Li-Po for short) and Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion).

Lithium Polymer batteries have been around since the early 1970’s and can be made to be very slim and can be formed into unique shapes. This battery is fine BUT if the battery is not put together with a proper shut off switch or of if the charging switch is poorly installed in the Power Bank, the Power Bank can catch fire if overcharged.

A Lithium Polymer battery that is burning is almost impossible to put out the flames. Therefore if you are buying a Lithium-Poly battery Power Bank make sure it has the certifications such as shown below.

Lithium-Ion Batteries (also know as 18650 batteries) have been around since 1912 and are the standard as used by companies such as Samsung. These batteries are far more stable and have a greater lifespan.

They too need to be made into a Power Bank in a certified way but are far less likely to catch fire, even if the construction is not perfect.

Simply put, if your Power Bank supplier cannot provide certification, you may have a problem on your hands. Read the whole story here.


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