CellBlock vs Vermiculite: Battery Fire Suppression

April 20, 2018 Dylan Francis Vandemark

Vermiculite is useful as a lightweight and absorbent packaging material, but it doesn’t function well as a fire suppressant. Vermiculite will not extinguish a fire before its fuel supply is completely exhausted, so if you’re shipping flammable or combustible materials or goods, you might want to consider a safer alternative.

CellBlockEX is a lightweight filler that serves as a functional fire suppressant to quickly extinguish thermal runaways. Since every second of a lithium-ion battery fire presents an opportunity for a chain reaction, rapid suppression is essential for curtailing danger.

The following video demonstrates why CellBlockEX is superior to vermiculite as a packaging medium when shipping lithium-ion batteries or other potentially hazardous products and materials.

Dylan Francis Vandemark

Dylan Francis Vandemark serves as Vice President of Product Development for CellBlock FCS. He provides dangerous goods consulting, SMS training and auditing, fire safety and EHS consulting, lithium battery handling and safety consulting, and standards writing.

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