Important Safety Information

Charging, Use and Handling of Small-Sized Lithium-Ion Batteries

The Samsung SDI production process prioritizes product safety and ensures the highest product quality.
While cylindrical Lithium-Ion Batteries may appear similar to other types of batteries, the higher energy density in combination with flammable organic electrolyte, rather than traditional aqueous electrolyte, may pose an increased risk of harm if not handled properly as compared to other battery chemistries.
Samsung SDI is not liable for death, serious injury, or property damage related to the charging, use and handling of Lithium-Ion Batteries inconsistent with the safety procedures and practices below.

WARNING

Lithium-Ion Batteries store large amounts of energy.
If not used and handled properly, Lithium-Ion Batteries may cause fire or explosion and result in SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH.

Proper Charging
Warning

STOP CHARGING immediately:

  • If you see smoke, see leaking fluid or smell foul odors;
  • If the battery or battery pack is bulging, deformed or discolored; or
  • If hot to the touch.

Place Lithium-Ion Batteries and charger outside on concrete surface away from house or other flammable materials. DO NOT use again and dispose of batteries. See “Proper Disposal” section.

  • 1. ALWAYS refer to your device instruction manual or the charger instruction manual that came with your device for proper charging instructions.

    Retain the original product literature that came with your device and its charger for future reference.

  • 2. ONLY use the proper charger specifically designed for your Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs.

    A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack could increase the risk of fire when used with another type of battery pack. Safeguards in both Lithium-Ion Battery Packs and Lithium-Ion Battery chargers may prevent short circuiting, overcharging, and overheating that could result in fire and explosion.
    The electrical current from USB ports, cigarette lighter outlets, phone, tablet, or other chargers may be too high for your Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs and could result in thermal runaway and fire or explosion. Thermal runaway can occur if the internal battery temperature rises to a temperature that causes new exothermic reactions that generate more heat. This additional heat can cause the reactions to occur faster and may lead to fire or explosion.

    • Lithium-Ion Batteries must be charged with constant current/constant voltage (CC/CV).
    • The charge current must be lower than the maximum charge current specified by Samsung SDI for your battery.
    • The charge voltage must be lower than the maximum charge voltage specified by Samsung SDI for your battery.
  • 3. Consumers or end-users should only charge Lithium-Ion Battery Packs using dedicated chargers supplied with their device.

    Protection circuitry incorporated in both the Lithium-Ion Battery Packs and their dedicated chargers is essential to provide a system to prevent short circuiting, overcharging, and overheating that can result in battery venting, fire, and explosion.

  • 4. DO NOT charge individual, cylindrical Lithium-Ion Batteries if you are a consumer or end-user.

    If Lithium-Ion Batteries are to be charged individually, ALWAYS align the plus (+) and minus (–) terminals correctly. ALWAYS insert batteries into the charger in the proper orientation.
    Individual Lithium-Ion Batteries cannot offer the same level of protection as Lithium-Ion Battery Packs.

  • 5. ALWAYS monitor Lithium-Ion Batteries and Battery Packs while charging.

    Adult supervision required. Proper monitoring may prevent short circuits, overcharging, and overheating that can result in battery venting, fire, and explosion.

  • 6. CHARGE indoors at room temperature.

    If the temperature is too high or too low, your batteries may be damaged. If the humidity is too high, your battery may be damaged.

  • 7. DO NOT place charger and Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs under your pillow, on your bed or on your couch.
  • 8. DO NOT leave Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs on the charger for prolonged periods of time.

    DO NOT overcharge Lithium-Ion Batteries. Lithium-Ion Batteries and Battery Packs should not be charged overnight.
    It is possible that your charger may shut down after a period of time. See your charger manual for additional information.

Proper Use
Warning

STOP CHARGING immediately:

  • If you see smoke, see leaking fluid or smell foul odors;
  • If the battery or battery pack is bulging, deformed or discolored; or
  • If hot to the touch.

Place Lithium-Ion Batteries and charger outside on concrete surface away from house or other flammable materials. DO NOT use again and dispose of batteries. See “Proper Disposal” section.

  • 1. INSPECT Lithium-Ion Batteries and Battery Packs before use.

    NEVER use a Lithium-Ion Battery or Battery Pack with visible damage or if you suspect internal damage may have occurred. NEVER remove outer plastic cover or use a battery or battery pack with a damaged cover. DO NOT use again and dispose of batteries. See “Proper Disposal” section.

  • 2. DO NOT use individual, cylindrical Lithium-Ion Batteries if you are a consumer or end-user.

    ALWAYS confirm that your device has the proper safeguards for the use of individual Lithium-Ion Batteries.
    If individual Lithium-Ion Batteries are to be used in a device, ALWAYS insert batteries properly and align the plus (+) and minus (–) terminals correctly. If your device has two or more batteries, it may function even if one battery is not properly aligned and result in fire or damage to your device.
    Individual Lithium-Ion Batteries cannot offer the same level of protection as Lithium-Ion Battery Packs.

  • 3. NEVER remove individual Lithium-Ion Batteries from Battery Packs.
  • 4. ONLY use the correct size, capacity, and type of battery specified by your device manufacturer.

    DO NOT use any battery or battery pack not specified for use with your device.

  • 5. NEVER attempt to use, to modify, or to build a device that does not have proper safeguards for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

    These safeguards can automatically turn off the power and may prevent overheating and fire or explosion. Samsung SDI is not aware of any e-cigarette, vaporizer, or battery powered fan on the market that have the proper safeguards to safely use Lithium-Ion Batteries as the power source. Currently, there are no requirements for manufacturers of these devices to include the necessary safeguards for over current, overcharge, or low voltage protection.
    To ask if a Samsung SDI Lithium-Ion Battery may be used in a particular product, please submit your question using our website:
    http://www.samsungsdi.com/cs-center-inquiry.html

  • 6. ALWAYS properly charge Lithium-Ion Batteries and Battery Packs.

    See “Proper Charging” section.

  • 7. ALWAYS replace all used Lithium-Ion Batteries at the same time.

    A combination of old and new batteries may result in fire or explosion.

  • 8. DO NOT dismantle, open or shred Lithium-Ion Batteries.
  • 9. ALWAYS use Lithium-Ion Batteries that are the same size, type, capacity and manufacturer.

    NEVER use different types or sizes of batteries or batteries from different manufacturers together. Mixing different types (e.g. alkaline, nickel-metal hydride, nickel-cadmium, etc.), sizes, or capacities may result in fire or explosion.

  • 10. REPLACE Lithium-Ion Batteries when the time between charges decreases significantly.

    NEVER use or charge Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs if the voltage is less than 2.5 V/cell. When the time between charges significantly decreases, check the voltage of the Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs before charging.

Proper Handling
Warning

To Prevent Fire:

  • NEVER use a Lithium-Ion Battery or Battery Pack with visible damage or if you suspect internal damage may have occurred. DO NOT use again and dispose of batteries. See “Proper Disposal” section.
  • DO NOT carry individual, cylindrical Lithium Ion Battery in your pockets, your purse, or on your person. AVOID contact with metal objects, including coins, keys or jewelry.
  • DO NOT leave Lithium-Ion Batteries in your vehicle or in direct sunlight.
    • - Temperatures over 60 ℃(140 ℉) may damage your Lithium Ion Batteries.
  • DO NOT attempt to heat Lithium-Ion Batteries or a portion of Lithium-Ion Batteries.
    • - NEVER place Lithium-Ion Batteries near a cooking surface, iron or radiator.
    • - NEVER solder on or near Lithium-Ion Batteries and Battery Packs.
    • - NEVER place in microwave oven, dryer, conventional oven, or high-pressure container.
  • AVOID water. Replace batteries if they get wet.
    • - Lithium-Ion Batteries may operate normally after getting wet, but the internal circuitry may slowly corrode and result in thermal runaway.
  • KEEP Lithium-Ion Battery Packs away from static electricity.
    • - Static electricity discharge may damage internal safeguards inside battery packs.
  • NEVER crush, puncture, or hit Lithium-Ion Batteries with another object, like a rock or a hammer.
  • DO NOT step on or press hard on Lithium-Ion Batteries.
    • - The batteries may internally short-circuit and result in a thermal runaway. While individual, cylindrical Lithium-Ion Batteries may look like alkaline batteries, Lithium-Ion Batteries are more sensitive to stress, especially if dropped on a hard surface.
  • 1. FIRST AID – If battery fluid gets on your skin or in your eyes, wash immediately with water and seek medical attention.
    Battery fluid may cause irritation or burns.
  • 2. ONLY use Lithium-Ion Battery Packs if you are a consumer or end-user.

    Battery packs should have safeguards to prevent thermal runaway.

  • 3. DO NOT handle individual, cylindrical Lithium-Ion Batteries if you are a consumer or end-user.

    Individual Lithium-Ion Batteries cannot offer the same level of protection as Lithium-Ion Battery Packs.

  • 4. NEVER short circuit Lithium-Ion Batteries, Battery Packs or battery holders.

    Forcing Lithium-Ion Batteries to discharge may result in leaks, fire or explosion.

  • 5. WIPE terminals with dry cloth before use, if dirty.
  • 6. For air travel, leave battery packs installed.

    Removing battery packs from devices does not enhance safety.
    Pack spare batteries in carry-on baggage. Flight crew members may be able to better monitor conditions in the passenger compartment to prevent an incident, and, if an incident did occur, may be able to access fire extinguishers quickly.

Proper Storage
Warning

ALWAYS store Lithium-Ion Batteries:

  • Away from children and pets.
  • In a dry location at room temperature and in the original packaging until ready for use.
    • - DO NOT store in refrigerator or freezer.
  • Partially charged.
    • - Lithium-Ion Batteries with either no charge remaining or fully charged may be unstable and could lead to thermal runaway and result in fire.
  • 1. DO NOT remove individual Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Packs from the original packaging until required for use.
  • 2. ALWAYS remove Lithium-Ion Batteries or Battery Pack if the device will not be used for several months, if possible.

    Batteries may leak if left in the device for extended periods of time.
    After extended periods of storage, always check the voltage of the batteries or battery pack prior to charging. NEVER use or charge batteries or battery packs if the voltage is less than 2.5 V/cell.

Proper Disposal
  • 1. ALWAYS dispose of batteries according to local, state or federal laws. DO NOT put Lithium-Ion Batteries in the trash.

    Consult your local waste authority for information about recycling or disposal options. You may be able to bring Lithium-Ion Batteries and Battery Packs to local stores for proper disposal.

  • 2. ALWAYS cover terminals with tape to prevent inadvertent contact with other batteries or metal objects.
  • 3. DO NOT mix alkaline or other types of batteries with your used Lithium-Ion Batteries.
  • 4. DO NOT place used batteries in piles, drawers, bags, boxes or other containers together.

    Used batteries may still have a partial charge remaining. If the partially charged batteries come in contact, the remaining stored energy could discharge and cause a fire.

  • 5. NEVER dispose of batteries in a fire.

    Fire may cause the batteries to explode result in chemical burns and serious injury.