E-bikes, the eco-friendly option compared to the ones running on fuel is quite popular among Singaporeans.
I have seen a few whizzing past me in my neighbourhood—Singaporeans literally moving towards the smart nation initiative (was it a bad pun?).
Just like any other electric device, we have to charge it but what happens if you overcharge it?
Smartphones exploding while charging…we have seen it so many times we don’t even bat an eyelid.
So is it possible for an E-bike to explode from overcharging?
Yes, the same rules apply.
Last month, Bukit Batok was plagued with water fountains sprouting from the ground and now it experienced a firestorm.
Ok, that might be an exaggeration but a fire broke out in a household at Bukit Batok East.
And like everything else we write, there’s a lesson in it for everyone to learn from.
According to a post by SCDF’s Facebook page, they were alerted to a fire incident on Oct 12 in the wee hours of the morning on the second floor of Block 231 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5.
There were four people in the house—including an infant—whom were injured by the fire.
Luckily, they all sustained minor injuries and they received their treatment at NUH.
How did it happen
According to the investigations, the fire was caused by an E-bike that was left to charge overnight.
This was the result:
The fire burned up the living room and corridor.
All because someone decided that charging an e-bike overnight is a good idea.
For those of you with e-bikes at home, you might not want to replicate this explosive feat.
How to prevent it
Luckily for us, SCDF uploaded a simple infographic on how to prevent battery fires involving PMDs (personal mobility devices).
If you can’t view the image:
1) Avoid overcharging the battery, especially leaving it to charge overnight.
2) When charging such batteries, place them on hard flat surfaces to allow optimal dissipation of heat.
This one actually makes sense in a scientific way. Imagine being in a car without any aircon on a blazing day, you will eventually die because there is no way for heat to escape. The same theory applies to the battery as well.
3) Do not place the charging battery near combustible materials
All pretty much common sense but, well, we know it’s not as common nowadays #IfYouGetWhatIMean
Once again, thank you SCDF! #ANationofLifesavers
And stop charging stuff overnight. It’s not great for your device or your lives.
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Feature Image: SCDF Facebook Page