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    Important Information! Lithium Batteries' Regulations Are Changing!

    Hi All

    Just got this from my mail forwarding service (this service provides UK and US mail addresses)



    As of the 1st of January, 2014, the regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will change regarding lithium batteries.

    From that date onwards, some lithium batteries or combinations of batteries will be considered "dangerous goods" and cannot be shipped .
    To avoid disappointment and inconvenience, be sure to check your product specifications carefully against the restrictions summarised below before you purchase . This information will also be published as an FAQ on our website.


    LITHIUM BATTERIES

    IMPORTANT! As you may know, there is a risk of certain lithium batteries catching fire. New regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in effect as of 1st January 2014 restrict the shipment of certain specific types of lithium batteries, which are considered "dangerous goods" - which we do not handle. Although not all lithium batteries are affected by these regulations, be sure to check your product specifications carefully against the restrictions below.

    In general, lithium ion batteries with laptops, cameras, mobile phones and similar products will be limited to one battery in the product and one spare battery. But don't rely on that rule of thumb; it's important to check the specifics of the battery or batteries you want to ship - before you purchase the product.


    NEW IATA RESTRICTIONS FROM 1.1.2014:
    The restrictions are based on the "Wh" value. "Wh" means Watt hours.

    The following batteries cannot be shipped:
    LITHIUM ION BATTERIES with
    over 2.7 Wh and less than 100 Wh per battery and more than two batteries per box, OR
    over 2.7 Wh and less than 100 Wh per battery and more than 8 cells per package.

    LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES with
    over 0.3g lithium and less than 1g lithium per battery and more than two batteries per box, OR
    over 0.3g lithium and less than 1g lithium per battery and no more than 8 cells per box.


    HOW TO CALCULATE WH VALUE
    mAh = milliamps
    V = volts

    mAh/1000 x V = WH
    OTHER RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS:
    We will not ship any lithium batteries (ion or metal type) which are confirmed or suspected to be defective or damaged.
    We will screen the batteries in all electronic items at our export facility and will not be able to ship any items to you that fall into the above categories. That may mean that the product has to be returned to the merchant or disposed of. If a prohibited battery is packed with other items, it might be possible for us to remove it and ship you the other items in the package.
    More information is contained on these restrictions at IATA - Lithium Batteries
    If you have any products in your suite that may be affected by the regulation changes, please ensure you ship them now.

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    "If you have any products in your suite that may be affected by the regulation changes, please ensure you ship them now."

    this bit gave me a brain freeze.

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    Hi Dan
    The suite is the customers overseas mailbox ( the lingo gets me confused at times too lol)
    Last edited by Rhojin; 19-12-13 at 06:11 AM.

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    DHL in Australia asks for much the same they are one of the few who will send out lithium batteries as long as the WH's is not too high. Remember they allow laptop batteries which are huge and powerful small little ego batteries will easily fall under the WH limits. But I suspect more and more companies will stop transporting these items and it will be done more and more by dedicated air transport companies like DHL.

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    The way I am reading this, Its not that restrictive for Vapers. We have to understand the difference between Batteries and Cells.

    A battery consists of 2 or more cell’s joined together to make a “Battery”
    A single 18650, is a cell.
    An eGo is a cell

    So, One Battery ie Computer similar can be shipped. The last computer battery I dissected contained 8 x 18650 x 2000mah cells. This equates to 59.2Wh for the total battery.

    Up to 7 cells ie 7 x 18650 can be shipped with the correct Markings on the package.
    Up to 7 eGo cells Can be shipped with the correct markings

    Wh for a 3400mah 18650 cell = 3400 / 1000 x 3.7V = 12.58 Wh
    Therefore 7 cells can be shipped in one properly prepared and marked package.
    Of course, the vendors have to come to the party and correctly label the packages even when the package is loaded below the shipping upper limit.



    This is actually better than the blanket knee jerk ban that seems to be in place at the moment.

    Am I reading it right???
    Because I trust no-one Who tells me FACTS with no proof

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robray View Post
    This is actually better than the blanket knee jerk ban that seems to be in place at the moment.

    Am I reading it right???

    I believe so. The stupidity that has been going on with most of the Fasttech orders being returned in October etc was the knee jerk reaction. The rules stated above bring it in line with the DG policy of most airlines which allows the carriage of small Li-ion cells (albeit in carry-on). I haven't double checked, but the W/h ratings seem to be the same. Only the really big power cells are prohibited.

    Now, if Singapore Post and Hongkong post can figure it out we are back in business?
    Chris: Tobacco free since 17:00 15th March 2013.

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    Just reading the OP again, I think the comapny has it wrong.

    The following batteries cannot be shipped:
    LITHIUM ION BATTERIES with
    over 2.7 Wh and less than 100 Wh per battery and more than two batteries per box, OR
    over 2.7 Wh and less than 100 Wh per battery and more than 8 cells per package.

    LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES with
    over 0.3g lithium and less than 1g lithium per battery and more than two batteries per box, OR
    over 0.3g lithium and less than 1g lithium per battery and no more than 8 cells per box.

    According to the rules these figures are the UPPER limits of cells and batteries that CAN be shipped






    http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/d...ry-changes.pdf
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    Because I trust no-one Who tells me FACTS with no proof

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    So Rob, I don't understand any of that so can you give me an idea about ecig batteries like the egos and MVP's. Are they within the restrictions or not?

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    Ego's 1100mah = 1100 / 1000= 1.1 x 3.7v = 4.07Wh so eight per package

    Ego's 650mah = 650 / 1000 = 0.65 x 3.7v = 2.405Wh so no limit up to 2.5kg per package.

    18650 2000mah = 2000 / 1000 = 2 x 3.7v 7.4Wh so eight per package

    Make sense?
    Because I trust no-one Who tells me FACTS with no proof

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    Yes, thankyou. I just didn't want to do the calculations, I knew you would do it for me. Thanks.

 

 
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