- Oct 2, 2019
Those fires were due to faulty circuit boards, and had nothing to do with the lithium-ion batteries. As far as the batteries catching fire, they do not just spontaneously combust. They have to get really hot before that can happen. Virtually all of them use smart chargers, which sense the battery temperature, and will not charge a battery that is too hot. Once the battery is fully charged, the charger will automatically shut off, to prevent any possible battery damage.How safe are they in regards to catching fire? I'd like to have a "warm/Fuzzy", but not if the "warm" was my house going up in flames. I just Googles electric lawnmower fires and 28,000 units sold by Lowes were being recalled, for this reason.
Well, the circuit board problem only occurs when the lawn mower is running, so unless you mow your carpet it won’t burn down your house. It’s a simple matter to determine if a product uses a smart charger, and anything you buy in a store definitely will have this, because stores don’t like getting sued for selling unsafe products. Yes, battery powered lawn mowers are more expensive overall than gas powered, but the reason you do it is for the convenience of no maintenance, easy starting, and the safety of not keeping flammable liquids in your garage. The warranty on lithium-ion batteries is typically 2-3 years, but in my experience they usually last much longer. Some of my batteries are over seven years old and still going strong. I can count on one hand the number of times a battery failed before the warranty expired, and in all cases the manufacturer made good on the warranty.Hello,
Thanks for the clarification, at least now, I can explain to my insurance company, it was a faulty circuit board, not the battery pack itself that burned down my house.
"Virtually" all manufactures use a fail safe charger doesn't cut it for me.
I think electric mowers are tagging along with electric cars, somewhat of a novelty item, until the owners of the first gen electric cars get a bill for 10k for a battery pack. Now they have nice boat anchor.
How long is the warranty on the battery pack on the typical electric lawnmower?
Have you ever considered the many dangers associated with the use of gasoline and other volatile flammable and explosive fuels ?Dangers of lithium ion batteries.......
I think I'll stick with gasoline powered equipment, thanks.
Agreed, but gas isn't going away - too much energy stored in there to walk away from in an industry like landscaping, forestry, agriculture...Have you ever considered the many dangers associated with the use of gasoline and other volatile flammable and explosive fuels?
A can of gasoline in a hot garage is far more likely to catch fire or explode than a lithium-ion battery.