The dangerous consequences of taking shortcuts when shipping lithium ion batteries

Published on Mar 9, 2018 2:24:59 PM Kjell-Arne Jonsson   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

As a lithium ion battery sender, you are responsible for safe shipment of your products. A job that should be taken seriously, because when done wrong, lithium ion batteries can become a threat to the safety of people transporting the product. To underline the importance of high-quality packaging of lithium ion batteries, I use this blog to explain why you should not take shortcuts when shipping LiBs.

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How to pack lithium ion batteries in accordance with UN regulations

Published on Feb 8, 2018 1:18:26 PM Kjell-Arne Jonsson   Topics: dangerous goods packaging, lithium-ion battery

When shipping lithium ion batteries, there are some legal regulations you have to comply with to maintain safety. The United Nations describes all of them extensively in the ‘Recommendation on the transport of dangerous goods - Model Regulations’, which is updated and revised regularly. Want to know what legal aspects you have to follow as a LiB sender without going through 500 pages of regulations? To give you an overview of your legal responsibilities, we sum up the legal aspects of shipping LiB in this blog. 

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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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