Had a bit of excitement just a little while ago.
I have an Arrma Raider XL BLX buggy that I haven't used in a while so I decided to break it out and give it a go. I inserted my brand new Zippy Compact 3S 2200mah lipo into her and turned it on. The esc wouldn't arm at first but eventually after screwing with it, it finally armed. Mind you all this is going on inside my home. I gave it a little throttle and it zoomed across the floor, all looking good. Then I reversed it and it wouldn't respond. So I decided to tap on the esc and all of a sudden a white cloud of smoke came billowing out of the car. I realized pretty quickly the lipo was catching fire! I picked up the car and tossed out the door as the chemical reaction continued. I was able to disconnect the battery from the car but it kept smoking. Pretty much ruined my buggy and stunk up the house badly. Any ideas what could have caused it to go up in smoke? Now I'm afraid of my lipos and will be buying a storage container a.s.a.p. for protection. [ATTACH=full]53117[/ATTACH]
Sorry about the fire Flyte,
Good damage control reflexes man!
I have a good number of those batteries and never had a problem with them,... YET
I guess it could be a problem internal to the ESC but I wouldn’t think that to be the most probable cause.
It sounds like a possible short in the cable connections/connectors.
I never trust the battery/motor/ESC connectors from the factory.
I always re-solder them myself.
I also try not to use lengthy battery cables or cable Gender changers as that adds resistance and just another “possible” source for a short.
Another thing I always do and recommend is electrical taping over the motor to ESC connectors just to make sure there isn’t anyway they can short together.
I also store all of my not in use Lipos in a fireproof container just to be on the safe side.
I hope you get the problem sorted out.
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