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So I've got a bunch of...
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)13:54 UTC+1 No.639460 Report

So I've got a bunch of Li-Ion battery packs (mostly from cameras). I think about 2kg. Most of them are dead.

Can I do anything useful? Like, extract the lithium?
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Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)14:24 UTC+1 No.639466 Report

Lithium is cool but be careful pulling it apart.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVMuaDnsqiA
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Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)15:45 UTC+1 No.639486 Report

lithium poisoning makes you giddy and then dead. wear gloves. also, full skin, respiratory protection.
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Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)17:15 UTC+1 No.639519 Report

>>639460
Lithium is extremely toxic among other things.
Short answer: No, nothing 'cool' you can do with them. Drop them off at an e-waste facility so they can be properly recycled.
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Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)17:30 UTC+1 No.639523 Report

>>639519
If lithium is "extremely toxic" then what terms would you use to describe chemicals like potassium cyanide or ricin?
More than toxic, lithium metal is dangerously reactive and shit it forms in contact with air and fingers is corrosive.
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Anonymous 05/18/14(Sun)08:32 UTC+1 No.639800 Report

>>639460
If I had those I would test some to make sure if they still take a few charges and then put in my shitty electronics.

I keep putting more batteries in things than they should, like my cellphone, portable speakers, bluetooth headset, etc. Go nuts.
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Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)04:12 UTC+1 No.640162 Report

>>639519
Are you retard? Doctors prescribe powdered lithium to treat depression.

All lithium does is decompose water to form gaseous hydrogen and hydroxides, and the heat ignites the evolved hydrogen. Other than being pretty basic, you'd be hard pressed to intake enough lithium to hurt yourself. Just don't rip apart batteries and eat the foil.
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Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)05:02 UTC+1 No.640175 Report

>>640162
they stopped doing that ages ago, except for quack doctors I suppose. the therapeutic range is fairly small. and people get hospitalized for just taking the medication over a long period of time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_(medication)#Overdose
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Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)05:04 UTC+1 No.640176 Report

>>640162
also, transdermal adsorption, respiratory adsorption
also, dat violent reaction with water, also burns flesh.
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Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)05:10 UTC+1 No.640177 Report

>>640162
And people drink water, yet it can kill you.>>640162
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Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)05:11 UTC+1 No.640179 Report

>>640162
>Are you retard? Doctors prescribe powdered lithium to treat depression.
yeah, like a gram per day
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Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)17:14 UTC+1 No.640328 Report

>>640162
Idiot, that's not the same lithium as in batteries!
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Anonymous 05/22/14(Thu)03:58 UTC+1 No.641494 Report

>>640328
There's more than one element called lithium? News to me.
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Anonymous 05/22/14(Thu)05:16 UTC+1 No.641521 Report

>>641494
They use lithium salts doe depression genius. Lithium carbonate, lithium citrate, or lithium orotate. Some of which have dubious safety records in and of themselves. Meanwhile lithium batteries have dozens of formulations that use much more than just lithium. Lead sulfide lithium batteries for example. Yeah, thats sounds good. Nickel and iron are pretty safe too, on their own, but you wont see me cracking open a nickel-iron battery and playing around with what falls out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_battery#Chemistries
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Anonymous 05/22/14(Thu)07:27 UTC+1 No.641571 Report

>>641521
>but you wont see me cracking open a nickel-iron battery and playing around with what falls out.

No sense of adventure whatsoever.
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Anonymous 05/22/14(Thu)07:39 UTC+1 No.641579 Report

>>641571
I feel you there. Thousands upon thousands of tweakers play with Lithium batteries every day to make shake in bake crystal meth and they all seem okay.
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Anonymous 05/22/14(Thu)07:40 UTC+1 No.641580 Report

>>641494
Like the other anon said, the doctors won't prescribe powdered lithium, as it would be strongly corrosive. They used lithium salts instead.
Another thing is that the fact that something is/was used as a medicine does not mean that it is safe to randomly expose yourself to that stuff.
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Anonymous 05/22/14(Thu)08:26 UTC+1 No.641591 Report

>>641580
>the fact that something is/was used as a medicine does not mean that it is safe to randomly expose yourself to that stuff
>pic related
>radioactive toothpaste
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