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Species: Lithium primary battery

“Often found in smoke alarms. Mean and unpredictable.”

Prevalence: Found especially in smoke alarms and devices that require plenty of energy, such as toys and radios.

Lifetime: Usually several years in devices such as smoke alarms.

Behaviour: Mean and unpredictable. Perhaps the most dangerous battery of them all, as its adjacent terminals are prone to short-circuiting. When in contact with other terminals or metal objects, Nippers may cause fires.

Handling: Both of the terminals located at the end of the Nipper must be taped over as soon as the battery is discarded.

Read more: Safety

Recycling: Nippers are taken to a Fortum high-heat treatment plant for hazardous waste, where the resulting flue gases are processed carefully.

Read more: What happens to returned batteries and accumulators?

Did you know: The fire-prone Nipper is not allowed to fly unless carefully protected.

Appearance: Angular and relatively small, about as tall as an AA battery. Can easily be confused with alkaline batteries that are available in the same model. Nippers are distinguished from alkaline batteries by the text “Lithium”. They are also lighter than alkaline batteries.

See what lithium batteries look like