Attached you find photos of a Li-Ion battery's PCB. I'd like to know what this component is called and what its use is.

The component in question is the three pin stretched silver "bridge". The white blobs seem to be glue, while the black things you see are ICs. There is nothing beneath the brownish center of the component.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I was wondering if this might be a thermistor of some kind. It is in close proximity to those two black ICs but it is surrounded by the silastic glue which would act as a thermal insulator so I'm not certain. \$\endgroup\$
    – user98663
    Aug 31, 2016 at 7:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Wossname thermistors don't need such big terminals, as you want to pass as little current trough them as possible (current would heat them up and offset the measurement). \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31, 2016 at 8:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good point. Although thick pins would increase thermal mass. But I admit it's probably not a thermistor, as you say. \$\endgroup\$
    – user98663
    Aug 31, 2016 at 8:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ I notice that the two black ICs under the mystery object have all their pins completely covered in the silastic, is that a deliberate thing for elimination of creepage perhaps? \$\endgroup\$
    – user98663
    Aug 31, 2016 at 8:14

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This looks like a resettable PPTC fuse with an additional control terminal. The third terminal is used for external activation: when abnormal conditions like overcharge or overheat are detected by the battery controller, it can force the fuse to open even if the current stays within limits:

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The component sits on the glue blob rather than the PCB because it needs to stay hot when latched up. PCB would act as a heatsink and could reset the fuse before the short circuit is removed.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for your fast reply. How common are those? \$\endgroup\$
    – bot47
    Aug 31, 2016 at 7:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Pretty common. You'll find those in most laptop battery packs for example. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31, 2016 at 7:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have a manufacturer part number? \$\endgroup\$
    – user98663
    Aug 31, 2016 at 8:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Wossname No, sorry. I'd upvote an answer providing one. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31, 2016 at 8:10

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