Posting Lithium Batteries


AndrewA

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 17:25
I have a Pentax Lithium Battery I want to list in the classifieds, in the past I have sent them Royal Mail Signed For, but was wondering how other members have shipped any they have sold and how much it cost?

Thanks,
Andrew

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CoDa

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 17:37
I have just had problems with Royal Mail and returning a battery to Amazon, this is a copy of there refusal notice: -

Prohibited Goods Advice
To comply with national and international regulations governing the carriage of mail, and ensure that mail in transport does not present a danger to the general public, we restrict or prohibit certain items from our network.
This sailing contains items that are prohibited, so we cannot accept it.
As the sender, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are not sending prohibited dangerous goods through the post.
If you send prohibited goods we may deal with them as we see fit, including disposing of the parcels concerned. We reserve the right to refuse any other item banned by law or that in our opinion nay be harmful or dangerous to our customers or employees. Royal Hail and the Post Office will not be liable for any loss suffered by the poster or addressee of any items containing dangerous or prohibited goods which have been disposed of.
For more information on items not allowed in the post, go to:

www.postoffice.co.uk/prohibited-items

I wanted to send it first class recorded but refused on the grounds above, I used a carrier in the end.

Hope this helps.
Colin

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stub

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 17:45
You can pick up a leaflet concerning the posting of batteries at any post office.
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Gamka

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 17:47
I was in my local Post Office last week and they had a notice about Lithium Batteries and that they could not be sent. However there was an asterisk and reading the footnote said that they could be sent Internationally? Surely that would mean they would go through the same system as "National" post before being flown overseas!

It really beats me!

AndrewA

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 17:49
Thanks Guys, I know they are contraband by Royal Mail, and in the past have always just sent them and lies about the content, but as I work for them I thought I should stop doing that!

Who did you sue Colin?
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AndrewA

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 18:29
Yodel £7.99! Anyone know anyone cheaper?
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bforbes

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 18:49
MikeP put me onto these people. link I've used them a couple of times with no problems
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1stEverPentax

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 18:59
Royal Mail doesn't seem to be enforcing the regulations consistently. There are any number of battery sellers on EBAY advertising lithium batteries for little more than the cost price but including Royal mail postage! Both Royal Mail and EBAY need to start being a bit more consistent as it is unfair to those retailers who 'play by the rules'.

johnriley

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 19:15
The rules allow you to send lithium batteries installed in a camera. That seems a little odd to me, but that's the way it is.

It begs the question how spare batteries are supplied with a camera. After all, they are sealed up safely.

I did remove the magnesium ribbon from a ribbon holder I sold!
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McBrian

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 19:31
bforbes wrote:
MikeP put me onto these people. link I've used them a couple of times with no problems

+1 for Collect+, £4.89 for up to 2KG and no restrictions for batteries, The PO has just lost another customer.
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JohnX

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 22:19
johnriley wrote:
The rules allow you to send lithium batteries installed in a camera.

and if I read the Royal Mail 'rules' properly, together with two spare batteries

What really gets me is that the 'rules' that RM have conjured up pertain to air-travel restrictions.

Anyone here had to argue about carrying batteries for their cameras through an airport recently?
Last Edited by JohnX on 09/12/2013 - 22:20

bforbes

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 22:24
Coming back from Krakow they checked the batteries were individually packed and sealed
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gartmore

Link Posted 10/12/2013 - 08:10
The issue with lithium batteries is what happens if they are damaged. They can very quickly and easily go on fire or explode. Ive seen it happen.
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Gamka

Link Posted 10/12/2013 - 09:24
gartmore wrote:
The issue with lithium batteries is what happens if they are damaged. They can very quickly and easily go on fire or explode. Ive seen it happen.

I was working with Lithium batteries in the mid to late 80's and have seen the effects too. We were temperature cycling one D-size cell (within manufacturers limits) when it ruptured and the smell alone caused the full evacuation of a building!



And does it matter if they are installed or loose? On my laptop there is a 30mm extension at the front which forms a wrist rest - it is part of the battery, contains several cells and is outside the mag-alloy frame so unprotected.

Mannesty

Link Posted 10/12/2013 - 12:55
An extract from EasyJet's support pages :-

Quote:
Please note electrical devices containing lithium or lithium ion cells or batteries (or spare batteries) must be carried in cabin baggage only. We cannot carry these items in hold baggage.

And Ryanair :-

Quote:
A maximum of two spare lithium ion batteries are permitted in carry-on baggage and these must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Battery terminals must be either recessed or packaged so as to prevent contact with metal objects including terminals of other batteries.


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Last Edited by Mannesty on 10/12/2013 - 13:04
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