And automobiles shouldn’t go faster than 5 mph, razor blades should be dull to prevent cutting wrists, all bullets should be made of styrofoam to prevent misuse, McDonalds coffee should be served lukewarm, yada, yada.
At some point people need to realize that top performing items require some intelligence and understanding. Lacking that, and many people are too stupid or too lazy to learn, they should be left alone by fools. Just because someone can buy something, that doesn’t mean that they should. The same can be said of firearms and that’s why I included styrofoam bullets.
Li-Ion cells and the lights that use them are superb but if someone is lacking knowledge they should disqualify themselves from using them. Everything you write about making them idiot proof would compromise their usefullness or add cost to the units. All to allow morons to use them and penalize the folks who can use them safely.
Case in point… multiple cells in a light adds additional complexity to Li-Ion use. When I help someone enter the world of Li-Ion I suggest relatively inexpensive lights that use only one cell. I have them go over their order with me so that they don’t buy junk, or I order for them (there are counterfeit cells out there as well as counterfeit lights.) . Then I give them a rundown of danger signs and what not to do. That pretty much keeps them out of most things that can cause harm. I’ve helped 2 families so far and those lights and cells are still in use with happy owners and no incidents to report. Oh, and children don’t get them anymore than a child would be given a firearm unsupervised. A Li-Ion cell is a stick of dynamite used improperly, no doubt about that, but that’s exactly why they work so well in responsible hands. I stress the “responsible hands” part. The irresponsible can’t be trusted with anything and we can’t lower standards down to their level.