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Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

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Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

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Lithium Battery Deliveries (Wednesday, November 28, 2012)
From the 10th of January 2013, The Civil Aviation Authority and the Department of Transport have agreed new rules for the Royal Mail and have prohibited Lithium batteries being sent through their postal network. This means all sales of Lithium batteries will have to be delivered using our courier DPD and the delivery charge for these products will be £6.95 for a next day delivery. The product groups affected include; Lithium coin cells, standard Lithium batteries AA, AAA and 9V, photo Lithium batteries, mobile, camera and camcorder Lithium-ion batteries.


The Royal Mail's guidance :
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Batteries that are classed as dangerous goods by the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Technical Instructions are prohibited. Please contact the manufacturer for transport information.
Lead acid batteries (car batteries) are prohibited.
Some lithium batteries may be sent using our Royal Mail Tracked service (limited to high volume commercial customers). Restrictions apply.

Stock up now for all your devices. Even a spare battery for you mobile phone or you car remote, doorbell transmitter ect will be banned
http://tamebay.com/2012/11/royal-mail-bans-postage-of-lithium-batteries.html
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Apparently gasses are prohibited too yet that didn't stop a well known fizzy drinks manufacturer from sending me a freepost returns packet for returning an unopened can of fizz to them. Fizzy drinks cans contain a small amount of compressed gas don't they?
What I was shocked to discover is that they'll carry air gun pellets.. yet afaik, air guns themselves are no longer legal?
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they are providing they are below a discharge energy limit http://www.basc.org.uk/en/shooting/airgunning/air-rifles.cfm
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Re: Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

The thing Is the technology for a safer lithium battery has been available for 3yrs.  Watch Me
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So how do they propose to stop all those mobile phones that are sold on ebay then?
Something tells me this is one of those rules someone thought up that they have no real way of enforcing but it will exist to bully someone somewhere when the time is right.
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For reasons which I don't understand - it is OK to ship a battery inside a item
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Re: Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

It's been a few years since I had to worry about this as a designer of battery powered devices manufactured in the Far East but I can't remember any problems with air freight with lithium batteries either inserted in the device or batteries supplied bulk. When I say I can't remember having any problems this was after reading the regulations regarding air freight. If I remember right it was to do with the power it could deliver if shorted and for bulk shipments of batteries only could the individual batteries short with each other. The answer to both for coin cells is no.
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Apparently gasses are prohibited too yet that didn't stop a well known fizzy drinks manufacturer from sending me a freepost returns packet for returning an unopened can of fizz to them. Fizzy drinks cans contain a small amount of compressed gas don't they?
What I was shocked to discover is that they'll carry air gun pellets.. yet afaik, air guns themselves are no longer legal?

Airguns are legal and can also be sent through royal mail by individuals but not by shops.
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Re: Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

Pictured: Terrifying picture of burned out lithium battery that grounded Boeing's hi-tech Dreamliner jets across the globe
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2264437/Pictured-The-lithium-battery-grounded-Boeings-hi-tec...
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How do you make an aeroplane with no batteries?  Cheesy
Or is it just batteries containing Lithium?
If so, lead-acid batteries would be perfectly safe, as would Hydrogen fuel cells.

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How do you make an aeroplane with no batteries?  Cheesy

Just Like This.... 
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Re: Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

Back to the old rubber bands then!
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Re: Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

Lead acid (gel) batteries can overheat and cause fire though it is quite rare, lithium batteries are much more prone to conflagration if they are poorly manufactured. When lithium batteries flare it is pretty intense almost like a magnesium fire I can understand why couriers are wary of transporting them.
It is dumb of Boeing to use lithium batteries in the chase for saving weight.
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I thought that they could use lead plates in liquid sulphuric acid cells.
These rarely overheat.  Cheesy

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Re: Changes to lithium battery transportation rules - No more Royal Mail

Just had a lithium battery for my laptop delivered this morning by Royal Mail.