Photo Credit Alex Praglowski Aviation
Canada A320 at Fort Lauderdale on Dec 25th 2020, Passenger's Cell Phone Battery Charger on Fire on Short Final
The Canadian TSB reported the flight attendant informed the flight crew after the aircraft had landed and had turned off the runway. No emergency was declared and the aircraft taxied to the gate. Read More
Q&A With Ray
Lithium-Battery Fire Containment
"Q & A with Ray"
Raymond Goyco, Jr. is CEO at Baker Aviation Services Group and co-founded HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment more than 13-years ago. His knowledge of lithium-ion battery containment in today's powerful portable devices is exceptional and his passion for safety goes above and beyond. This new Q&A With Ray column will appear regularly to answer your questions about this real threat on aircraft and how to contain it!  Send your questions to info@hot-stopl.com
How often does a lithium-ion battery runaway incident occur on airplanes?
This is one of the most common questions I get asked. The FAA has reported that one lithium-ion battery fire occurs on aircraft every 10 days in the US. We have experienced an average of two incidents per month from our customers alone. They alert us when the HOT-STOP 'L' bag has been deployed to contain a device and we begin the process for the no-charge replacement. Keep in mind that many incidents go unreported to the public and therefore we believe there are many more occurrences happening around the world.
What devices seem to be experiencing more battery runaway issues today than others?
We began this HOT-STOP business in 2007, well before most people knew about the threat. The focus was more on laptops at that time but in 2016 we all became aware of this fire hazard when a major mobile phone manufacturer had a battery issue that resulted in recalling 2.5 million devices. Today, we see many types of devices, including waterproof phones, causing eruptions, but more commonly are the e-cigarettes and related batteries that are experiencing thermal runaway on business and commercial aircraft.  Keep in mind that the real threat increases when low-end lithium-ion batteries from black market providers are used that have not been formally tested.  It's not worth the risk of buying the least expensive battery or charger, therefore we always recommend using manufacturer approved accessories.



CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION
Do you have unanswered questions? We want to hear from you.
Send your questions to info@hot-stopl.com
DID YOU KNOW?
Li-Ion Battery IQ - What is mAh? 
You may have seen electronic device descriptions, especially for power banks, that include a milliamp hour or mAh, and wondered what does this mean? As indicated in the chart below, the mAh determines the battery power and helps determine watt hours too, an important measure for airline carry-on limitations. As a universal unit of measure, mAh is also referenced in some lithium-battery fire containment testing.
 
At HOT-STOP 'L', we always want to help you choose the right fire containment bag size for the types of devices you are bringing on board the plane. In some cases, we custom design and test containment kits to accommodate higher mAh or watt hour ranges. See the typical mAh range below for common personal devices and contact us with any questions.

Watt hours = (mAh x Voltage) / 1000
mAh = (Watt Hours x 1000) / Voltage

Standard nominal voltage for li-ion batteries is 3.7V but can be 6.5V or more
BATTERY TYPE
MILLIAMP HOUR
(mAh) RANGE
WATT HOURS* RANGE
Smart Phone
2,000 - 4,000
7-15
Laptop
2,000 - 6,500
7-24
Tablet
5,124 - 11,080
19-41
Portable Charger
2,000 - 26,800
7-174
Kindle
1,420 - 4,750
5-18
*Lithium batteries with more than 100-watt hours require airline approval to carry-on. One spare battery, not exceeding 300 watts, or two spare batteries, not exceeding 160 watts each, are permitted in airline carry-on bags.
EASA - Safety Information Bulletin 
SIB No.: 2020-04
Lithium Batteries used in Emergency Locator Transmitters

The affected ELT and battery packs, in case of a thermal runaway, may release gases on fire.... Read More
HOT-STOP®'L' ALLOWS ZERO!
FLAME SPREAD/FUEL CONTRIBUTE/SMOKE DENSITY
SEE TEST VIDEO HERE

HOT-STOP® 'L' proprietary materials and fabrics meet or exceed the following specifications:

- U.S. Coast Guard Spec. 164.009
- U.S. Military Spec. MIL-C-270079
- U.S. Military Spec. MIL-I-24244
- NFPA Spec. 701

THE SCIENCE
The exterior fabric will not support combustion and meets FAR 25.853
requirements. The fabrics have excellent tensile strength and are highly resistant to abrasion. The material is rated for 1500°F continuous service with a 2080°F melting point. The inner core is rated for 2300°F continuous service with a 3200°F melting point. The exterior fabric meets FAR 25.853 requirements.

IN CASE YOU  MISSED IT
BAKER FORMS NEW AVIATION SERVICES GROUP
NAMES INDUSTRY VETERAN RAY GOYCO, JR. TO CEO ROLE
HOT-STOP Doubles Test for Fireproof

30-Minute Fire Penetration Test (FAA AC 20-135) Performed by FAA-Registered Laboratory Read More...
RELATED NEWS
Check out these stories...
Xiaomi Explains Why A Customer's Redmi Note 7 Pro Exploded
The Conception Fire: Solving The Puzzle
How Lithium Batteries Fail
 Sydney Airport passengers evacuated 
Smoking 2015 MacBook Pro Amazon Package Explodes
E-Cigarette Battery Causes Baggage Hold Fire
Convention Centre Evacuated After Small Fire Caused By Battery
Amazon's New Kindle Waterproof
78,500 Laptop Batteries Recalled For Fire, Burn DangerFAA Bans Cargo Shipment of Lithium Ion Batteries on Passenger Flights
Vape Pen Explodes on Delta

Man Dies When Vape Pen Explodes
Power Bank Runaway on Royal Brunai
E-Cig Explodes on American Airlines
E-Cig Explosion CA
iPhone X Upgrade Explosion
AirTransit Flight Grounded 
Exploding laptop 
Battery causes fire insideSouth Brevard County airport hangarAn e-cigarette caught fire onboard a Pegasus Airlines 
HOT-STOPL.COM
HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment Products are Made in the USA and are proven to contain runaway lithium-ion battery devices until they burn themselves out. To learn more about the Zero Tolerance HOT-STOP 'L' EVO Fire Containment Kits that quickly contain 100% of toxic smoke in addition to fire and spewing molten metal fragments, go to www.HOT-STOPL.com


BAKER AVIATION SERVICES GROUP, LLC
Master Distributor for HOT-STOP® 'L'
4400 Glenn Curtiss Dr. , Suite 210
Addison, Texas 75001 | Dallas Addison Airport
Office: 972.248.0457  | baker-aviation.com  |  
Ask for Ray Goyco, Jr. Ray@baker-aviation.com