Shipping lithium ion batteries: when are you liable?

Published on Jan 23, 2018 8:49:18 AM Kjell-Arne Jonsson   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

Shipping lithium ion batteries is a complicated process. When mistakes are made in this process, the consequences can be enormous. Your product could get damaged: for example, gases could escape from the battery, or it could catch fire and endanger the lives of people transporting the product. The risk of shipping lithium ion batteries begs the question: who is responsible when something goes wrong? In this blog, I explain what your responsibilities are when shipping LiB and how you can prevent accidents.

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Shipping lithium-ion batteries by air: how to meet battery transportation regulations

Published on Nov 21, 2017 12:34:00 AM Niklas Zenk   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) issues regulations on the transport of Dangerous Goods by air, the DGR. The current edition — number 58 — has introduced stricter restrictions on transport and packaging of Lithium-Ion batteries after an increasing amount of incidents. It is imperative to develop and use packaging that is compliant with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) and to follow all other aspects of the regulations. In this blog, I therefore describe how to define the required packaging.

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How to test lithium-ion battery packaging to meet UN packaging requirements

Published on Oct 12, 2017 9:30:51 AM Kjell-Arne Jonsson   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

If you’re looking to get your lithium-ion battery packaging approved by your national competent authority , you want to maximize your odds of getting certified. The best way to do this is to perform internal testing on your packaging before you go through the official certification process. In this blog, we describe the mandatory tests within the certification process, what the goals of the tests are, and what the testing criteria entail.

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Combine outer and inner packaging material to safely ship lithium-ion batteries

Published on Sep 7, 2017 8:28:47 AM Guilherme Ueda   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

In a previous blog, we answered the question ‘what packaging should I use to ship lithium-ion batteries?’ To summarize: this cannot be described in a general manner since there are three main factors that determine your lithium-ion battery packaging. There is, however, one requirement that is common and ubiquitous — regardless of the mode of transport, weight, and state of your LiB. In this blog, we describe this requirement. And how to meet it, of course. Hint: it has something to do with combining inner and outer packaging.  

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How to design safe lithium-ion battery packaging with a fire load test

Published on Aug 25, 2017 10:36:24 AM Michael Wiedmaier   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

In a previous blog, we described how you can combine packaging material to prevent short circuits in lithium-ion batteries and therefore comply with UN packaging requirements. But even though you have to prevent short circuit in LiBs at all times, it could still occur. Proper inner packaging is crucial to combat fires coming from short circuits. But to develop the right inner packaging, it’s essential to understand what happens to a battery if short circuit occurs. You’ll have to have an idea of the size of the fire and how (quickly) it develops. To get that understanding, a fire load test is key. Read on to learn more!

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What packaging should I use to ship lithium-ion batteries?

Published on Aug 17, 2017 8:37:37 AM Niklas Zenk   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

I’m going to get straight to the point: what packaging you should use to ship lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) cannot be answered in a general manner. Unfortunately. A packaging choice for LiB shipping will always depend on a number of factors. In this blog, I'll walk you through the three main factors. I’ll also provide an example of a developed packaging solution based on these factors. Let’s get to it!

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