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April 24, 2023

Lithium Batteries. How safe are they on boats?

Topsail News

Use a professional when installing the batteries

The Installation of Lithium-ion batteries and battery systems should be carried out by competent persons, and to suitable industry standards.

Do you need specific batteries for marine use?

Specific marine Lithium-ion batteries and electrical system components should be used, they are designed for the change in risk associated with installation in a marine environment.

How should I store my Lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries should be installed and/or stored in a well-ventilated, dry area and should be away from direct sunlight, heat, and water. They must also be protected from vibration. All battery system design should be done in a way that ensures all installed lithium-ion batteries are kept within the battery manufacturers specified safe operating limits.

Don’t mix and match

Different battery chemistries should not be connected in parallel or in series.

Make sure you have the right fire protection system

Traditional firefighting systems may not work on Lithium-ion battery fires and so appropriate fire protection and firefighting systems must be installed.

Make sure you remove damaged batteries immediately

Any batteries showing any form of damage must be removed from the vessel once identified, be they vessel systems or toys and accessories. Damaged lithium-ion batteries have been known to combust.

Always disconnect when you have finished charging

Do not leave equipment chargers on and charging when away from vessel and once the equipment is charged, make sure you switch it off.

Do I need to tell my insurer?

If you install lithium-ion batteries and/or battery systems on your vessel you must tell your insurer, or risk being left uninsured in the event of an incident.

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