Modern consumer and commercial electronics now run off of batteries made of lithium. Lithium batteries are very convenient because of their improved ability to hold a charge relative to the old alkaline type. However, lithium batteries are also very dangerous. In fact, they are classified by the Department of Transportation as “dangerous goods”, just like gasoline and propane. Companies that need to ship products containing or packed with lithium batteries need to be aware of the dangers inherent in the process and follow all rules and regulations governing their safe transport.
The Types of Lithium Batteries
To start with, it may be useful to define the different types of lithium batteries. There are two primary types of lithium batteries:
- Lithium metal batteries: These batteries are normally of the non-rechargeable variety. Lithium can be formed as a metal, and in its metallic form, it is the main component of these batteries.
- Lithium ion batteries: Lithium ion batteries, on the other hand, are slightly different. These batteries only contain lithium in its ionic form. Unlike lithium metal batteries, lithium ion batteries are rechargeable.
Be aware that different battery chemistries exist as well, as these could play a factor in how you prepare them for packing. Some examples of the other lithium battery chemistries include lithium polymer, lithium iron phosphate, and lithium air.
The Dangers of Shipping Lithium Batteries
Although most lithium batteries are safe for use, one only needs to look at the recent debacle surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone to know how dangerous they can be. Lithium batteries can overheat and catch fire. The fires that result from a lithium battery are very difficult to put out and produce dangerously toxic fumes. Ensuring that products packed with or containing lithium batteries are packaged safely is critical for minimizing this risk of combustion.
Lithium Battery Packing Tips
All domestic and international shipments containing lithium batteries need to follow explicit regulations regarding their packaging. A strong, rigid outer packaging must be used every time and proper labeling needs to be affixed to the outside of this packaging. In addition, you must declare to the logistics company that your cargo contains lithium batteries.
Perhaps most importantly, a lithium battery or a product containing one is at a much higher risk of catching fire if it is manufactured poorly or defective in some way. Conduct a thorough quality check of your goods to ensure it meets the highest standards – this will reduce the risk of a fire or short circuit in your shipment.
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