Why do batteries leak?
Batteries can start to leak as they are used and discharged, allowing battery fluid to escape.
What is battery acid?
Battery acid in household batteries is alkaline. This has the ability to damage the battery pack on your product, or could harm your skin and anything this comes into contact with. It’s important if you experience leakage of battery acid that you clean and dispose of the batteries promptly and safely.
How to clean a battery leak
Firstly it is most important that you ensure that the product is switched off and that you protect yourself. We would strongly advise wearing protective gloves, clothing and eyewear to reduce the risk of contact with your skin when removing the batteries from the product. Once removed, it is best to place the batteries in a sealed bag for disposal. * please see below for more information on the safe disposal of batteries
Battery fluid that has escaped from the batteries can be cleaned with a damp cloth, or any form of mild acid such as lemon juice or white vinegar could also be used. Simply use a cotton bud, or cloth to dab the area to remove any leakage until the area has stopped fizzing, it’s then best to dry the product and remove any remaining residue.
You can continue to use your product once you have cleaned the leak from the battery compartment and neutralised the alkaline.
*How can I dispose of the batteries?
Used batteries can be recycled by placing them into collection containers that can be found at many retail outlets and recycling centres across the UK.
Should you have any concerns or would like further advice our Customer Experience Team can provide further support.
The Lights4fun Team