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When I think of pouring molten metal into water, I think of a steam explosion.
Granted, some Lithium Ion cells are capable of high discharge rate. But to assume that random salvaged cells can deliver such performance is risky.
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A word of warning: the LiPo batteries sold for RC vehicle use are made for high discharge rates, as high as 60C (discharge full capacity in 1/60 hour) for high performance RC aircraft. Laptop batteries are designed for a much slower discharge rate, typically 1C. Drawing excess current from the battery can damage it.
Hopefully Brett & Heather will end up better than some of the couples on that list.
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