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Species: Lithium-ion battery

“Modern and popular. Pumps plenty of energy into its slim body.”

Prevalence: Found in devices such as mobile phones, laptops, power banks, cameras and cordless tools such as drills.

Lifetime: Several years when treated well.

Behaviour: Increasingly common, modern and popular battery type, as it efficiently pumps plenty of energy into its slim body.

Handling: Must be handled with caution, as Littie may be damaged if dropped, twisted or squeezed. If an accident occurs, the cell-structured Littie may short-circuit internally, causing it to die or, in the worst case scenario, even explode. Littie’s terminal must be taped over when it approaches the end of its lifetime. The terminal is often embedded in its flat body.

Read more: Safety

Recycling: Litties contain significant amounts of ingredients such as cobalt and copper. These are recovered at the Akkuser plant in Nivala and reutilised as industrial raw materials.

Read more: What happens to returned batteries and accumulators?

Did you know: Despite its name, Littie only contains around 1% lithium. There can be many other variations in Littie’s DNA as well.

Appearance: Usually flat and streamlined. Can be recognised from the “Li-” marking on its side (“Li-Ion,” “Li-Pol,” etc.)

See what lithium batteries look like