Sciencemadness Discussion Board
Not logged in [Login ]
Go To Bottom

Printable Version  
Author: Subject: Exploding Lithium thionyl chloride battery cleanup?
International Hazard

Posts: 1223
Registered: 26-7-2004
Location: Middle Earth
Member Is Offline

Mood: A trace of hope...

shocked.gif posted on 2-2-2023 at 14:47
Exploding Lithium thionyl chloride battery cleanup?

A colleague has just had a small lithium thionyl chloride battery explode on his desk - not sure why, possibly getting reverse charged through a fault.

I've advised doing a dry cleanup first, before wet cleaning, use of gloves and good ventilation.

Is there anything else we should do, or be careful of?

The main worries are the thionyl chloride and the lithium tetrachloroaluminate, I believe.

MicrosoftTeams-image (7).png.jpg - 237kB

Helicopter: "helico" -> spiral, "pter" -> with wings
View user's profile View All Posts By User
Herr Haber
International Hazard

Posts: 1209
Registered: 29-1-2016
Member Is Offline

Mood: No Mood

[*] posted on 3-2-2023 at 14:15

Heat of explosion probably vaporised most of the minute amount of SOCl2 in the battery.
Nice mark on the desk :) I'd clean a wide area just as you said though. Mostly because it's a work area and you're quite likely to touch something then touch your face.

The spirit of adventure was upon me. Having nitric acid and copper, I had only to learn what the words 'act upon' meant. - Ira Remsen
View user's profile View All Posts By User

  Go To Top