Insurers are having to pay out increasing amounts for claims for damage caused by lithium-ion batteries. Because Thijs Hendriks had lots of these batteries charging on a work bench, its insurers insisted that they be kept in a special fire-resistant safe, mainly because there are still no rules about how bicycle batteries should be charged safely.
Safety for personnel and family
You hear more often about bicycle batteries spontaneously bursting into flames while they are being charged, causing enormous amounts of damage. Rob Hendriks was worried that something like that could happen in his workplace.
Rob Hendriks, owner of Bike Totaal Thijs Hendriks
“I live above the shop with my family. That’s the important reason why we now have a battery safe.”
Battery fire with huge consequences
The battery is the most vulnerable part of an electric bicycle. If the bike falls over, the battery can get damaged internally. If you then connect the battery to a charger, it can spontaneously combust and even explode. These are fierce fires where toxic substances are released and local residents have to be evacuated.
If you put your bicycle batteries in a Batteryguard safe, you keep any potential battery fire or explosion inside it.