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how to tell if a bettery is leaking?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jul 8, 2005.

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    hi all,

    newbie question here...

    I was wondering if there was a definitive way to tell if a battery
    (nicad/ li-ion or whatever) was leaking. I have seen batteries leak
    before (usually results in a white residue certainly in the case of
    nicads) but is it ALWAYS obvious to the naked eye? Is there any way to
    be sure a battery is intact? I was thinking of using litmus paper but
    that really requires a solution of some sort to test...

    In a similar vein, what causes batteries to leak? over charging?
    disuse?

    I have tried to research this but I have not uncovered a conclusive
    test to ensure a battery (of any type) is correctly sealed.

    Any information on this topic would be most gratefully received - I am
    keen to understand exactly WHY a battery might leak.

    gav
     
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