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Shipping Lithium Batteries - with Low Cost Parcels
Mark McManus|May 2017
Lithium batteries (sometimes called Lithium cells) are brilliant.
They’re one of those pieces of modern technology that just works away in the background, keeping our world running, without even being noticed.
Do you have an iPad? An electric car? A smartphone? A pacemaker?
Lithium batteries are what keeps them going, day after day. Essentially, they’re rechargeable batteries, which last longer than your everyday AA or AAA. Most households probably have around 3-4 devices containing these little beauties, and you might not even be aware of them.
They’re more powerful than the norm too, which means they have the power, in a tiny casing, to run complex and important stuff – some of it potentially life-saving.
But isn’t there always a downside?
Lithium batteries can be dangerous. If exposed to certain conditions, Lithium batteries can overheat and explode.
So, the long and short? Lithium batteries need to be handled with loads of care. We thought we’d help you out with a few tips about how to do that – you’re welcome.
Can You Ship Lithium Batteries?
Yes, you can, but not on their own. Low Cost Parcels accepts products that are powered by lithium batteries, but not a shipment of one or more lithium batteries. You need to take a few precautions first. And this stuff is important so pay attention.
Packaging Lithium Batteries
- Always leave your battery inside the device it was intended to power. Don’t remove them and try to ship them separately. Just don’t.
- Always place your device inside a plastic bag. It helps to combat static interference. It’s also there as another barrier in case there’s a fire.
- There are some regulations on this kind of thing. They’re written by the very clever folks at International Air Transport Association (IATA) and they absolutely must be followed, or else. They go something like this: Never package lithium batteries near to metal objects. Place that gaffer tape on all electrical terminals – it helps to prevent overheating.
- Always turn your devices off before packaging them up to avoid any potential for overheating. Use gaffer tape to protect on/off buttons or switches from being accidentally turned on during transit.
- Don’t send more than two lithium batteries in one parcel.
- NEVER send a faulty battery via a courier or by any other means. We’re serious about this. It’s against the law and WILL be punishable by, at the very least, a huge fine.
- Finally, if you’re sending your device overseas there might be other, different regulations and guidelines that need to be followed.
Ensuring safety and excellent arrival condition is always important. Low Cost Parcels prides itself on such matters.
But when you’re sending fragile of potentially dangerous items like Lithium Batteries it pays to be even more uptight about your packaging. We have some general guidelines for packaging here
but, because Lithium batteries are a little joy of their own, here are some more hints and tips for safe transit.
Yes, we’ve already covered some of these above. But, you know, they’re important. Let’s just go over them again.
Do You Have a Device Containing a Lithium Battery?
- Turn your device off
- Use the gaffer tape to ensure it won’t get switched on accidentally
- Stick it in a plastic bag
- Wrap it up carefully to make sure there’ll be no damage from movement or accidental dropping
- Secure the outside of the parcel with strong tape
There are literally thousands of devices out in the wild world that contain these amazingly helpful, yet potentially hazardous, little life-sources. Below is a list of just some of them.
It’s your legal responsibility to declare Lithium batteries in your packages, so make sure you’ve checked before you send. If in doubt, the manufacturer of your device will be able to confirm either way. Don’t leave it to chance.
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