AirTag batteries made to prevent children from swallowing them may destroy the item tracker
Replacing an AirTag battery
What makes these batteries so deadly? The National Health Service reports that when Bitrex-coated batteries are swallowed by children, the body releases fluids such as mucus and saliva, creating a hazardous substance such as caustic soda that can burn through tissue. And don’t assume that just because a battery is dead, it can be swallowed without harm; that’s just not true.
Try to figure out exactly what kind of battery your child swallowed, but don’t let that delay your trip to the emergency room.
An alcohol wipe can help remove the Bitrex coating from a battery.
Some AirTags, as we mentioned, just stopped working when a Bitrex coated battery was used to power the device. This is because the Bitrex coating ensures that the battery contact of the AirTag does not touch the metal of the button battery. To solve this problem, users should take a small alcohol wipe and try to rub a small amount of the Bitrex coating from the battery, say no more than a quarter of the coating. A small cotton swab will also do the job or even a pencil eraser.
Use an alcohol wipe to remove a small portion of the Bitrex coating from the coin cell
Just don’t use any material to clean the Bitrex coating that you eventually want to put in your mouth. When a battery makes a good connection to the AirTag’s battery connector, the device will play a beep to let you know that there is a good connection. For other devices facing the same problem, make sure that the battery contacts match the cleaned part of the battery.
- Only buy high quality battery brands as they are more likely to be manufactured to higher standards with safety features.
- Store batteries in their original packaging until needed and keep that packaging out of sight.
- When you remove some of the bitter coating, you only remove a small amount and only remove it when necessary.
- Replace all screws, tabs, or other safety devices on the battery compartment of a device.
- Safely dispose of used button cells.