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    LIPO storage in hot weather 100+ degrees

    Hello everyone, I just bought an X MAXX and absolutely love it. After purchasing it I looked into the batteries which lead me to become aware of the possible dangers of LIPO batteries.

    While I was balance charging them for the first time, I read the truck manual and the charger manual and concluded that I would always balance charge, while attended, and storage charge them once I was done with the batteries and they had cooled on their own (I feel I'm doing everything right so far.)

    Now comes the part of storage and how to do it safely. I live in a house built back in 1925, no insulation, solid wood, window units that do not run all day long while the Wife and I are away, and our garage is detached from the house and not sealed, so dirt, animals, anything outside you can think of, can get in and does.

    I want to do what's right and best for these batteries and take care of them safely and properly for both me and my families protection and the safety and protection of my new investment. I live in Texas where we routinely see stretches of 100+ degree weather, sometimes up to 114 in the direct sun.

    I would like to ask for thoughts and opinions on how I can safely and properly store these batteries (while under storage charge, always) so as to minimize the risk of having them.

    Should I keep them in the house in a non sealed ammo can, covered with a big bag of sand to help snuff out any possible issues? The house has partial shade with a metal roof (old peer and beam house.)

    Do you think they would be okay to be left out in the garage in the same kind of situation as stated above, in 100+ degree weather? (The garage does have some shade over it, not full shade though, and it's old with a metal roof.)

    I love my X MAXX and intend on buying more RC cars in the future. Any advice and thoughts would be greatly appreciated

    Thank you in advance!

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    Congrats on your first Xmaxx. It is a one fun truck. Really strong. If you can, you get Purchase a fairly inexpensive bag for safe storage of your lipos. It is called a LIPO BAG and can be bought for fairly cheap.(Under $20) You can safely put your lipo's in it while charging them or storage charging them. Have fun!
    I have this kind...
    https://www.amazon.com/Zeee-Battery-...9701286&sr=8-3

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroRusty123 View Post
    Congrats on your first Xmaxx. It is a one fun truck. Really strong. If you can, you get Purchase a fairly inexpensive bag for safe storage of your lipos. It is called a LIPO BAG and can be bought for fairly cheap.(Under $20) You can safely put your lipo's in it while charging them or storage charging them. Have fun!
    I have this kind...
    https://www.amazon.com/Zeee-Battery-...9701286&sr=8-3
    I use one like this and also store them in the fireplace, which I don't use anymore for fires. If the lipos were to catch fire, it would be fine because it is meant to have fires in it. Have fun with your X Maxx!

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    Don’t cheap out on storage. Ammo boxes are okay if you have room around it but it will get hot if it catches on fire. What I would suggest is this.

    https://www.amainhobbies.com/batsafe...t-safe/p698675

    Or a better value for the space

    https://www.amainhobbies.com/batsafe...l-slv/p1165460

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoBelugas View Post
    Don’t cheap out on storage. Ammo boxes are okay if you have room around it but it will get hot if it catches on fire. What I would suggest is this.

    https://www.amainhobbies.com/batsafe...t-safe/p698675

    Or a better value for the space

    https://www.amainhobbies.com/batsafe...l-slv/p1165460
    Thanks for the reply. I bought one of these lipo bags to store them in, and to take them in when I go somewhere
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I also bought a Bat-Box to store them in while at home.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I'm trying to figure out where the safest place for the batteries is to store them at the house, I'm really not sure lol... obviously away from anything flammable and not in the house would be the best option, but the only other place I can store them is out in our detached garage which is not climate controlled, it's not sealed, there are rats, mice, and squirrels that run around inside the garage on a daily basis, there's dust, high temperatures of 100+ degrees in the summer, and down to as low as 13 degrees (very rare) but more average of 35-60 degrees in the winter.

    The garage is also where I store all my woodworking stuff, so there's tons of wood everywhere, and the garage it's self is made of solid wood. It does have a cement floor, but I'm just not so sure how good for the batteries it would be to store them out there. So they stay in the house.

    I do my best to take care of them, storage charge them after every use (After I've let them rest for an hour) even if I only plugged them in to test my steering repair, they were storage charged after. The house doesn't have central heating and AC either, we have window units, so the temperature will vary based on season, until we are home again.

    I was thinking about converting an unused closet into a storage area within the house. Cover all the walls with sheet rock and the flooring, keep them in the bat-box in there and leave it at that.

    I'm sure there are people that live in apartments that have RC vehicles and lipo batteries, though they are climate controlled year round, they don't have the option to store them in a garage. The best I can do is be diligent with my care for the batteries and hope for the best.

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    I have my lipos in an ammo can stored at my workbench in the garage. Attached, insulated but unheated/cooled garage here in the upper Midwest. I'm more concerned with the 1, 2, 5 gallon gas cans that are stored in a garage than a lipo battery. I've been to many garage fires where the aerosol cans are popping upon arrival and after everything is over have come across unruptured (luckily) 20lb propane tanks and oxy-acetylene tanks sitting on the floor.

    A majority of the lipo fires you see are due to negligent handling of the battery as well as stupidity to intentionally light them off. I've seen plenty of cars that are on fire blow up, flying 10-15 feet in the air and landing upside down - in the movies - but have yet to see one do that in real life.
    The Super Derecho

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