Baditude Oct 8, 2018
I agree that all batteries should be used only within the parameters that they were designed for. The cylindrical Li-ion batteries (18650 et al) are designed to be used only in battery packs with BMS (battery management systems that include protection circuitry) in the portable power tool industry.

[​IMG] battery pack with BMS

But having said that, LiPo battery chemistry is much more volatile and likely to fail spectacularly when misused/abused when compared to the "safer chemistry" of today's IMR-hybrid cells. Our newer cells are much more likely to just vent gas than flame or explode like LiPo's can.

Whichever type of battery we choose to use, we have to accept that they are all potentially dangerous and use them wisely.