Someone here (okay, @JDRoberts ) said, “Batteries outgas, and consequently unless the Device is specifically designed to operate in an airtight container, it’s not a good idea to weatherproof it to that extent.”
This is news to me and seems improbable, but I haven’t sealed any devices yet. So let’s have a poll.
If you have sealed a device in silicone or something similar, have you ever seen a problem from outgassing? Rupturing or exploding? Or maybe it died young, you opened it, and found it had some kind of weird stain or fried look inside that might be due to harmful gas deposition?
Of course, I am talking about typical smart-home devices used with SmartThings. You are welcome to speak about other things you’ve seen, but clarify if it wasn’t from a smart-home device.
And please chime in if you have seen it or if you haven’t seen it. Because even if it has happened, it still says a lot if it only happened for a few out of many. If we are going to get a consensus, we need the positives and the negatives.
Please say what type of devices, how long they’ve been sealed, and with what.
I’m not trying to raise a ruckus. It’s just an honest question. Looking for real-world experiences.
@JDRoberts, that’s a good point, I should have made an option so folks who are sure they shouldn’t (so they didn’t) could also chime in. Just so we all get that input, too. But it will not let me edit a poll after the first five minutes. Also in hindsight it might have been smarter to simply ask if anyone has had ANY problem (or not) due to sealing their device. If anyone wants to consider this a vote on sealing (not necessarily outgassing per se), please vote on sealing problems in general (yay or nay).
It’s the first time I’ve made a poll… kind of fun!
- Yes, I’ve clearly seen a sealed outgas problem with one or more of my devices
- Yes, I think had an outgas problem, but I’m not certain
- Maybe I had an outgas problem; can’t be sure
- No, I’ve used a sealed device at least a few months with no problem
- No, I’ve had many sealed devices a long while with no problem