Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Get Lithium from Lithium Batteries

Lithium is a very reactive alkali metal and is usually only found in metallic form in laboratories.  It can be pulled from lithium batteries with a little bit of force and a pair of pliers.

It’s a good idea to have an air-tight container filled with methanol to store the lithium, as it will quickly corrode in the air.

Grab a fresh lithium battery (used ones won’t work) and carefully peel back the outer casing of the battery to explode the core.  It’s easy to accidentally short out the battery, if you do you should submerge it in water to prevent fire or an explosion.

Once you have peeled off the outer casing, unravel the core and discard the plastic sheets and electrolyte.  There should be a thin strip of dirty lithium metal; you can wash it in methanol to clean it.  Store it in an air tight container to prevent it from corroding.

To test that this is lithium, cut a small piece off and drop it in water, it will react violently giving off hydrogen gas and creating Lithium Hydroxide.  

28 comments:

  1. i don't think it's safe to do this.

    anyway, it could be really helpful if you will also post the usage of this for everyday use.

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  2. Wow, I had no idea! Thanks for the add, and I'm showing some love for you!

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  3. your posts keep getting better and better!

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  5. so I need a brand new battery, and what can I do with the lithium then?

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  6. I know jack all about chemistry, but it's pretty interesting, actually!

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  7. Batteries are so interesting. Did you know a 9v holds 6 aaaa batteries?

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  8. So what do you do with the lithium then o.O?

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  9. i actually tried and it works. nice. SP

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  10. we blew up a small chunk of our science lab like this once back in the day.

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  11. if I ever need lithium, I'll turn to this ^^

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  12. Thanks for posting this, I might have to try it someday XD

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  13. Again, when can you post how to extract MDMA from home made items or create MDMA from baby bones.

    Keep up the good work!

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  14. Thank you for the kind comments on my blog :)

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  15. This could be useful some time in the future. Thanks. Showing some love.

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  16. Lithium supplies are running out right? Might be time to invest...

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