Lithium ion batteries http://www.kplu.org en Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring http://www.kplu.org/post/japan-probe-battery-fire-boeing-787-finds-improper-wiring Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:<p>In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=172472575">The Associated Press</a>, citing the Transport Ministry report, said the ANA 787's auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:01:42 +0000 Scott Neuman 7823 at http://www.kplu.org Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring How can Boeing make the 787's lithium-ion batteries safer? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-can-boeing-make-787s-lithium-ion-batteries-safer <p></p><p>Airbus may back away from using lithium-ion batteries on its next generation plane. Does that mean Boeing needs to do the same on its Dreamliner? Not necessarily, according to an expert at MIT.</p><p>Boeing has hundreds of people working overtime to figure out why the lithium-ion batteries on its Dreamliner are more prone to smoke or fire than the company had thought.</p><p>Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel says the company has used lithium-ion batteries in satellites for almost a decade and that they made the most sense for the fuel-efficient, light-weight 787.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:47:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 7778 at http://www.kplu.org Lithium batteries had problems in laptops, before the Dreamliner http://www.kplu.org/post/lithium-batteries-had-problems-laptops-dreamliner <p></p><p>With its fleet of 787 Dreamliners grounded indefinitely, Boeing is <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2013/130114.html">looking carefully at the lithium-ion batteries</a> that power much of its innovative electronics.&nbsp;</p><p>These hi-tech batteries are also used in many popular gadgets, from laptop computers to iPhones to electric cars. They make your devices lightweight, and they recharge quickly.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 02:15:21 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7577 at http://www.kplu.org Lithium batteries had problems in laptops, before the Dreamliner