This Is Why You Should Never, Ever, Puncture A Battery

The Hydraulic Press Channel has lost some of its appeal over time, but it regains a little novelty when it crushes something that explodes. In a completely unsafe demonstration, the channel's purveyors compressed a battery pack with fiery results.

I'd recommend skipping to the 4:30-mark, as everything before that is a promotion for the channel's mobile game.

To convince the unfortunate Varta power bank to explode, a number of screws are placed on the press, pointy side up. Once the pack is positioned on the screws and the hydraulic press activated, well, you'll understand why batteries have warnings about not puncturing them.

Image: Hydraulic Press Channel

Yes, they have a tendency to blow up. I'm also not sure if those fumes would be healthy to breath. I'm going to go with "no".


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    This is why we don't want li-ion batteries in the checked-in luggage areas of aircrafts! Imagine a bit of man-handling of your luggage, then some turbulence in flight, and you can see it would be very possible to get into a situation where a battery like this was punctured. Just what you want with all those flammable clothes around, in an area of the aircraft no-one will notice is on fire until the alarm goes off.

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