How to Keep Wireless Batteries Safe

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and lithium-ion-polymer batteries are used by most wireless devices because they are lightweight, contain no toxic materials, and are capable of holding their charge longer than others and can be recharged repeatedly. At the same time, these batteries are more sensitive to physical impact than alkaline batteries (used in flashlights) so they need to be treated with care. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety tips:

  • Adhere to the battery usage, storage and charging guidelines in your device’s user guide;
  • Purchase legitimate and approved chargers and accessories;  
  • Avoid overheating by not crushing, puncturing or putting pressure on the battery as well as keeping it away from heat sources such as direct sunlight and cooking surfaces;
  • Keep the battery away from other metal objects like coins and keys since it could cross the electrical connections; and
  • Avoid exposing the battery to water, which could cause corrosion and avoid dropping your device, which could potentially cause damage the battery.  
If you see or experience any incidents of unsafe mobile devices or accessories, please report it immediately

Dispose of your mobile device, battery and/or accessories properly. Wireless carriers and retailers, electronics manufacturers, charitable organizations and state and local waste authorities all offer ways to donate or recycle wireless mobile devices and equipment, often for free.
Last Updated November 2016