A sort of explanation for exploding batteries – with explosions!


The folks over at uBreakiFix decided to put together a little video that purports to explain why lithium batteries explode. They do briefly, only very briefly, mention that abnormalities in the flow of ions between the positive and negative electrodes is what can trigger an explosion. They also suggest that one potential cause of an abnormality would be overcharging. Unfortunately, that is the extent of the attempt to explain why lithium batteries explode although they do try to make up for it with several clips of exploding batteries.

The video explains the team decided to test batteries to see what it takes to make them explode. To accomplish this the uBreakiFix team took a bunch of batteries, removed the safeguards, and then pumped them full of too much voltage. The results are quite spectacular.

The uBreakiFix team also has some suggestions to help ensure a long, safe life for your lithium batteries and the devices containing them. This includes things like not letting the batteries overheat and using the correct charger. They also mention the more common problem of batteries swelling due to the gases trapped in the case, a situation that calls for replacing the battery.

You can check out the video below of all the explosive action even if it does not really help explain why a battery in normal conditions might end up exploding.


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.