Lipo Battery Fires are Real

February 11, 2015
This is the story of what happened to our friend Jim, he is also a member of That Drone Show's Flight Team and The Team Captain for International Drone Dat in San Diego, please help him and his family, listen to his story and please donate https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/96d7/the-jim-bonnardel-shop-fire-recovery-fund?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_wall&utm_campaign=dsp_dt2&fb_ref=Default Lipo fires are real my friends.... this is my shop, on its way to burning to the ground. Family is ok, house is fine, but 30+ years of RC Business is 100% gone. I will recover, but its going to be a tough road back The scenario is this: I was charging batteries preparing for our 3rd Saturday of the month event, the SD Electroglide. I was also planning on bringing my DJI S800, and 3DR Iris muti rotors. So on my 'charge bank' I had charged 6 3S 5100's and 1 of my 1 6S 10000 without issue. I then put on the 2nd 6S 10000 battery (on the same settings from the other one) and remained there. I had been in the shop 2.5 hours charging everything, and the outside temp had started to drop. I figured I'd go inside to the house to get a cup of hot chocolate and come back out. I made the drink and was standing in the living room talking with my wife as I was headed back out when I heard my oldest son yell from upstairs "Dad, the shop is on fire!" Every parent can instantly recognize the tone of your child's voice when it is a real emergency. I ran to the back door to see that big ball of orange glow at the end of my property, helled "Call 911" and bolted to the hose. I was putting water on it and not making any progress, so I just backed off and waited the 3 minutes for the sirens to come into listening range. I was gone 10 minutes tops. I was charging in a 1 gallon ceramic pot ... I had been using that method for years. The charge wires would come out of the little spout that the ladle was supposed to go through. I thought it was safe. Was it that battery, or one of the others still on the bench that had just been charged? In any case I'm extremely confident there was no dumb-thumb activity on the charger settings. Did a battery wire short to a tool on the bench? Did one just go thermal in an area that there was plenty of other materials to catch? I dont know. The fire department got the same story you just did, and the best we got was "Fire due to LiPo Battery". Please understand that any funds collected go directly into equipment used in our community outreach programs. Teaching kids about how R/C leads to engineering careers and more. We lost lots of training qeuipment in the fire. Your donation will replace that.
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