**ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 19-20** Cell phone Lithium Ion batteries to be recycled are shown at ReCellular in Dexter, Mich., Monday, Aug. 14, 2006. With the number of cell phones in use worldwide hitting 2 billion and rising, recycled phones are playing a crucial role in the spread of wireless communications across the developing world. The odds are good that a refurbished cell phone in the pocket of a user in Bolivia, Jamaica, Kenya, Ukraine or Yemen originated with ReCellular Inc. Based in small-town Michigan, ReCellular gets 75,000 used phones a week, most collected in charity fundraisers, and refurbishes them for sale around the world.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Lithium ion battery safety tips

Lithium ion batteries power many of today’s most popular gadgets, including smart phones and laptops.