‘Flyer beware’ is the advice for drone enthusiasts
Following a recent incident, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is advising drone flyers to beware of rogue batteries which can cause fires after bursting into flames.
"The fake batteries are difficult to spot at first glance but have a number of features which should cause buyers to beware," said Group Commander Stuart Crebbin of HWFRS.
"In this particular example, the wiring is in a different configuration, the wires are different colours from genuine batteries, the registered trademark is different and there are spelling mistakes in the instructions for use.
"Anyone intending to buy a spare battery for their drone should look at the detail of what they are buying and pay special attention to where they are buying from.
"If the price is too good to be true, then it probably is."
Even legitimate drone batteries – lithium polymer ion batteries - have been known to explode while charging.
HWFRS has obtained a special container to charge batteries for its own drones to avoid unnecessary risk.