Lithium-ion batteries

Find out the best way to charge and dispose of Lithium-ion batteries

What are Lithium batteries?

A Lithium-ion, or Li-ion, battery is a type of rechargeable battery. They have become a popular choice as they are fast to charge, last a long time, and contain a lot of power for their size. 

Some common products that use these types of batteries are: 

Are lithium-ion batteries dangerous? 

Responsible use of lithium-ion batteries makes them safe for everyday use. Due to chemicals inside them, they should always be charged, stored, and disposed of responsibly. If the battery has been dropped or damaged, then they can catch fire and explode. 

Recycling batteries

Lithium-ion batteries, just like alkaline batteries, should never be placed in your general household rubbish. As they contain chemicals that can catch fire and explode, they need to be recycled correctly.  

Most local recycling centres will accept batteries and should be deposited alongside Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) items. To find you closest recycling point at

Alternatively check with your local authority. Your manufacturer may offer a recycling service.

How to charge Lithium-ion batteries safely

Improper charging of these batteries can result in fires or explosions. Here are our best tips to ensure that you can charge your lithium-ion batteries safely and prolong their lifespan.  

  1. Charge and stored in a cool dry place 
  2. Don’t charge while you are asleep
  3. Never charge a device, such as a mobile phone, under your pillow 
  4. Always use the charger that came with the device or from a reputable supplier 
  5. Don't put the device in the way of exits or in hallways 
  6. Unplug chargers when the batteries are at full capacity 

Further information

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are working with partners including Electrical Safety First and ROSPA to promote safety information regarding lithium-ion batteries. 

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