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Old 04-15-2019, 08:23 PM
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Kind of a weird subject, but does anyone know of an rc track that has ever caught fire? If so, was anyone hurt?
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:20 PM
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Back when lipos first started to take hold in car racing I witnessed a fire at the track. Guy forgot to set a lipo cutoff, ran the battery down too far, put it on the charger on a non lipo setting and lost track of what he was doing. Worst part was the battery wasn't in a charging bag, but rather a plastic battery box with other NiMH batteries. It happened on the pit table behind me and a couple spots over. I quickly unplugged all my stuff in my pit and stuck everything electric under the table (so if the sprinklers went off my stuff wouldn't get ruined by the water). I held my breath and got the hell out of there. The guy that worked at the hobby shop ran in with the fire extinguisher and got the situation under control. Several people who stayed in the smoke filled pit area had temporary breathing issues for a little while. After that the business owner was very apprehensive about lipo batteries.
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At a club in Germany



An overnight fire where some cars were stored during a race weekend, the fire brigade was on time to prevent more harm.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:29 AM
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i know of a hobby shop that went up just before Christmas back in like 1997. electrical fire. happened at night, no one was hurt, i was bummed because they had a USA-1 in there and it was lost. the place then moved across the street and reopened. finally went out of business several years ago.

a friend of mine used to race oval. at a race a few years ago a guy miss charged a lipo and it went up. it was extinguished before any real damage was done.

always double check your charger settings and use a lipo bag people! better safe than sorry
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Allegedly someone was using a REALLY puffed up battery in their nitro starter box, charging unattended and it burst into flames. Mix that with cans and cans of nitro fuel stored next to it equals 8 containers burnt to the ground. Ours was the 9th one down the line and LUCKY it was fine. But thousands and thousands of dollars gone. No insurance, not much anyone could do. At least various distributor and brands reached out their helping hands and offered huge discounts for those who were affected.






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All those stupid people who refuse to use a LiPo bag because nothing did go wrong......
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Nobody uses a lipo bag. You shouldn't be charging without watching the battery. Wrench on your car or something.

Does anyone make a lipo bag that a whole can fit in?
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Originally Posted by Zerodefect View Post
Nobody uses a lipo bag. You shouldn't be charging without watching the battery. Wrench on your car or something.

Does anyone make a lipo bag that a whole can fit in?
i use a lipo bag. even with me standing/sitting right there next to it.
hell i have a lipo that's starting to puff, i store it in a lipo bag.
do to temperature fluctuation's in the garage i store my packs in the house. im actually thinking about getting something like an old ammo box and fire retardant foam blocks and making a lipo storage container. at least try to keep any mishaps contained.
hell, maybe im just paranoid.
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Originally Posted by Zerodefect View Post
Nobody uses a lipo bag. You shouldn't be charging without watching the battery. Wrench on your car or something.

Does anyone make a lipo bag that a whole can fit in?
As if you always have an eye on the battery and as if a sudden swallow up is the only indication of an exploding battery and as if when that happens you can stop it.......
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I am surprised that the tracks don't require you to charge in a lipo bag. I would estimate over half of the guys at our track charge the battery in the car.
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Not an the track, but had a few lipo fires, never while charging.

I breathed in some fumes, if bad enough you can harm your lungs and stuff according to lipo msds.
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Terrible tragedy. All tools and plastic burn quickly. When a fire is eliminated, almost everything is destroyed, this is sad.
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Sometimes paranoid is a good thing
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