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1.2 Safety

Safety Precautions

Rechargeable batteries can store tremendous amounts of energy. This can be a fire hazard or result in bodily injury, property damage and death if mistreated. If at any time you need to stop the analyzer simply click the on-screen Stop button. This will halt all charge and discharge current and return the analyzer to an idle state. Observe the following precautions:

  • Only use the device to charge secondary rechargeable batteries. Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.
  • The device should not be used for charging any kind of primary cells, including reusable alkaline batteries. It can be used to discharge primary batteries.
  • Always follow the battery manufacturer’s recommended charging and discharging requirements.
  • Never short-circuit the terminals of a battery.
  • Do not leave batteries unattended while charging. This is especially true for LiIon and LiPo battery types. These battery types can explode and cause fires, damage property, cause personal injury and death.
  • Consider using an explosion and fire resistance container to house the battery under test if required. This may include but is not limited to charging LiIon and LiPo batteries in instances where the batteries’ protection circuitry is suspect or under test.
  • Do not defeat any special protection features or circuitry in the battery or battery pack.
  • Use your own voltage and measurement equipment to validate current and voltage calibration. Re-calibrate if required.
  • Only charge LiIon and LiPo batteries that have built in protection circuitry to protect the battery from improper voltages and currents that may be applied for any reason.
  • Always observe correct polarity when connecting batteries.
  • Remove batteries from all equipment. Do not connect electronic equipment to a Battery Metric device.
    Failure to do so could damage your equipment and will void the warranty.
  • Keep the device in a well ventilated location such as on a table top, open shelf or rack. The device will generate heat during use and as such should not be used in an enclosed area. Do not use it in an enclosed cabinet or tight shelf area. Keep power supplies well spaced and ventilated.
  • Fully test all custom routine programs to ensure that they operate as expected in all possible situations that may arise.
  • Disconnect batteries when the device is not in use.
  • Only use the device in a dry location.
  • Do not connect a battery with a voltage greater than the analyzer’s rated voltage.