iAqua launches Lithium Safety Store™
A world leader in sea scooters, iAqua has now introduced the world’s first lithium battery fire and fuel safety storage box, with four independent early warning signals.
IAqua has released its patented Lithium Safety Store™, which has been designed to contain lithium fires, fuel fires and explosions. It can also reduce insurance premiums and prevent claim denial for improperly stored flammable liquids or lithium battery-related incidents.
Designed to store all a yacht’s lithium battery products, the iAqua Lithium Safety Store™ prevents fires caused by the thermal runaway associated with damaged, degraded, old or poorly designed and manufactured lithium batteries.
Lithium Safety Store™ is constructed with an inch-thick wall to contain all uncontrolled fires and heat, while the inner lining is made of a thick shell of Kevlar designed to withstand over 1,000°F for lithium fire, fuel fire and explosion protection.
Kevlar is lightweight yet five times stronger than steel, so ideal for containing gas or flammable liquid explosions. Due to its strength, lightness, heat-protection properties and low thermal conductivity, it’s the leading material used for bulletproof vests and fire-protection equipment, such as fire-fighter suits and gloves.
A core of specially formulated UL 94VO-rated insulation prevents heat reaching the outside casing. UL 94VO is the highest-rated level of flame resistance and means the material will self-extinguish in less than 10 seconds once the flame is extinguished, with no dripping of flaming particles.
The outside casing is made of weatherproof, high-gloss fibreglass or carbon-fibre, a lightweight option for the largest of three models.
Fitted with side handles and twin wheels, the Lithium Safety Store™ can be safely handled with normal protective gloves – even while an internal reaction/fire is underway – due to its ambient outer temperature design. This allows the unit to be moved to another area or even discarded overboard in case of emergency. The box is also equipped with ventilation ports to prevent gas entrapment.
The Lithium Safety Store™ has four non-slip rubber mounting feet and boxes are stackable. There are four lifting points moulded into the base, while the two side handles can also be used for lifting and as tie-down points. Heavy-duty marine 316 grade stainless-steel hinges and locks keeps contents secure.
It also features four independent early warnings, with the first remote signal provided by an in-built temperature sensor wirelessly connected to a phone. This unique feature can alert up to 10 people to any fire even if they’re not onboard.
By adding a SIM card as a back-up for the Wi-Fi, the Safety Store will send a text message as a second remote early warning, again to as many as 10 people. Thirdly, a 100-decibel fire/smoke detector provides a local audible alarm, while fourthly, a temperature-activated flashing red light provides a local visual alarm, which is helpful if boxes are stacked.
The Lithium Safety Store™ is available in three sizes and fits all iAqua and Seabob sea scooters plus drones, toys, power tools, larger e-foil/e-board removable batteries, flares, gas canisters, gas bottles, flammable liquids and fuel cans.
The LF18 model, measuring 40cm x 30cm x 25cm, has an internal capacity of 18 litres and weighs 5kg, while the larger models are the LF120 (65cm x 50cm x 50cm) weighing 15kg and the LF335 (1.3m x 56cm x 57.5cm) weighing 42kg.
A lightweight, carbon-fibre version of the 335-litre-capacity LF335 weighs 30kg. High-gloss light grey, navy blue and beige colours are available by special order.