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    I gave my boss a Smoktech Bolt mod, a Trustfire TR001 charger, and three AW 18500 protected batts for Christmas. He's been loving the heck out of it until yesterday. He calls me up and tells me that his batteries have been taking about 8 hours to recharge. Then he says that he put one of the batteries in to recharge and the battery exploded. Destroyed the battery and charger and left a charred spot on the floor.

    He's saving the remains for me to look at this weekend.

    I'm trying to think of what could have gone wrong and I've only come up with one possibility so far. I noticed once that he always takes his charger with him. I noticed that he carries his spare batts in the charging slots of the charger. My thinking is that if he uplugged the charger with the batteries still in the bays, that the charger drained the batteries. Then when he plugged the charger in at his house, it caused the batteries to fail and detonate.

    I've never had any problems with any of my batteries or chargers, but I've never left batteries in an unplugged charger either. I've also never had a battery take 8 hours to charge.

    Any ideas?
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    Thanks for posting about this, please find out as much as you can, so that perhaps the cause can be narrowed down and added to the knowledge base! I have personal interest as well, as my setup is the same except I use the green Smok batteries. Not sure if leaving the batts in charger would drain them as you theorized, perhaps a more knowledgeable poster can comment. I do know that anything which could cause cuts/nicks or other damage to a batts outer casing is a very bad idea, sounds like his transport method might have been a bit unsafe. Can you find out if there was any casing or other damage to the batt?

    As for the charge time...I haven't timed mine but it does take a long time...will clock it next time I charge one.
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    Also, I have read of overcharge issues with this particular model of charger (they've been around for a few years), but supposedly the manufacturer addressed it. However, I also read that one user's supposedly "fixed" version was still overcharging. It's possible that the explosion was caused by simple overcharge. In any case, I never let the batterys sit in mine after the light turns green, which is generally a good idea with any Li Ion battery/charger. Actually, more than a good idea...I'd say it's mandatory. And after reading this I'll be even more attentive. So thanks again for reporting!
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    Damage to the casing may be possible, but I'm pretty sure that whatever evidence of casing/cover damage there might have been will likely have been obliterated by the detonation. If it did, it would have probably been more problematic in the device, instead of the charger.

    This situation is really bugging me. I really like my boss and I feel responsible.

    I'm pretty sure most folks don't transport their batteries in the charger, but if you do it may be a good idea to stop.

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    I don't know too much about this but my instruction booklet say to plug the charger in first before putting the battery in...keep us updated would you?Thanks

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    Sounds strange and I would also hate to recommend something to someone, boss, friend, family and it go blam.
    Are you sure these are Protected and Genuine AW cells.

    That would be discernible from the wreckage.

    Hope you find out, and don't lose a vaping convert.
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    They were definitely genuine AW batts. Bought them from Super T.

    The more I think about it, I'm sure it had something to do with the batts being in the charger when it was plugged in. Problem is, I can't explain how I'm sure.

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    Sounds like something may have been amiss with his set up. I've not had any battery I use in any PV take 8 hours to reach full recharge. JMHO

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    i don't get it. over a year goes by since i've seen any posts about exploding mod batts and now i hear of 3 cases of mod batts blowing up in less than a month.

    As for exploding egos, thats a fairly regular occurance, i've seen atleast 6 threads about it in 12 months.

    maybe the mayans were right.

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    Batteries have been exploding in things for years. The technology is just better now to get the word out there. I check my batteries every time they come off my Tr001 and they're always 4.1 I consider that very acceptable. I really wonder though about carrying the batteries in the charger and plugging it in, I've never checked the voltage to see if it spikes or anything in mine.

    Please keep us posted about what happened when you see the remains of the incident, I'm sure we're all curious.

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