Have you heard about the new lithium battery shipping regulations?
Lithium batteries commonly used in consumer electronic devices (such as the devices in the wireless industry) have been identified as a fire risk. When these batteries are designed their purpose is to provide high levels of energy which can result in that power becoming a high level of heat if the battery is damaged, improperly handled, or short circuited. Improper design and assembly have also resulted in fire which have led to stricter regulation of shipping lithium ion batteries. The IATA, or International Air Transport Association, issued new regulations prohibiting lithium batteries to be transported using passenger aircraft. This prohibition of the batteries on passenger aircraft means these products will need to be shipped with additional care.
In addition to prohibiting air transport of lithium batteries, the IATA also released more strict packing standards for these batteries. Packaging must ensure the batteries will not short circuit in transit. Batteries, such as batteries for use with iPhone 6, will be packaged in non-conductive material (such as plastic) and will be separated by cardboard or a similar packing material that prevents contact between batteries. All exposed terminals must be covered by a non-conductive material. These standards help ensure the safety of your package and comply with federal law. In addition to noticing the increased packaging, you will notice that orders with batteries will only be able to ship using Ground Shipping.
At this time we will not be increasing prices and will be offering store credit equal to the amount of shipping of the additional package. With batteries in your order, regardless of the shipping preference you select, your package will be shipped using Ground Shipping. This is similar to our current procedure for ordering Air Duster Cans. If you place an order containing batteries and are eligible for Priority Overnight Shipping, please remove the batteries from your order and place them in a separate order selecting Ground Shipping. Contact us to receive store credit for the amount of shipping the Ground Order. This ensures that you are able to take advantage of your free shipping. If you have questions, please contact your eTech Representative so that they can give you details on how this will apply to your specific situation.