Paul C Buff Releases Notice on the Vagabond Mini Battery Pack (Like, Don’t Use It Around Water)



I’m an owner of the Vagabond Mini battery pack for my Einstein E640 monolight; and I love the little thing. Recently during Hurricane Sandy, it was able to charge things like phones and other products for my roommate and I. But today, the company has issues a notice about their little Lithium Battery Pack; like not to use the damned thing around water in the first place. The full notice is after the jump.


Dear Vagabond Mini™ Lithium Customer,

It has come to our attention that some Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system owners may be using their systems beyond recommended standards. We want to remind you of the warnings and safety precautions for the system in order to promote safe usage, to ensure longevity of use, and to avoid damage that may void your warranty.

As with all devices that use lithium batteries, Vagabond Mini™ Lithium users must observe all warnings and safety precautions.

DO NOT operate, store, or charge the Vagabond Mini Lithium™ system in or around water, rain, ground moisture, salt spray, dew, or any other liquids. Exposure to water (especially salt water) increases the risk of a potential battery fire.

  • When moving the system from one environment to another where condensation can occur due to temperature changes, do not operate or charge the system until all condensation has fully evaporated.
  • If your Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system becomes immersed in water for any reason, DO NOT operate or charge. Discard the battery properly and return the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium inverter to Paul C. Buff, Inc.™ for evaluation.

DO NOT operate, store, or charge the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system on or around flammable materials such as newspaper, carpet, wood sawdust, gasoline, etc.

  • Keep all components away from fire, flames, and heated surfaces.

DO NOT operate or charge a Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system if the battery gets uncomfortably hot to the touch. Unplug all cords and discontinue use immediately. An excessively hot battery may be damaged.

DO NOT operate or charge the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system unattended.

  • Turn the system OFF and unplug the battery charger when not in use.

DO NOT operate or charge the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system inside a carry bag or backpack.

  • Air circulation around the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system and charger must be provided.
  • Do not obstruct the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium system’s internal fan during use or when charging.

If you suspect that any components have become wet or are in any way damaged, discontinue use immediately and contact Customer Support.

Refer to your owner’s manual for a complete set of warnings and safety precautions. Failure to follow the warnings and safety information for this product may void the warranty.

If you have any questions or concerns about safe operation of the system or charging of the battery, please contact our Customer Service Team by email at info@paulcbuff.comor by phone at 1-800-443-5542 (Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00 pm, CT).

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