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Easy Ship – Requirements for lithium batteries and products that are shipped with lithium batteries

Lithium batteries are widely used and characterised by:

  • Long life
  • No memory effect (they do not lose their maximum energy capacity)
  • Slow loss of charge when not in use

While useful, they can also be dangerous. If damaged, dropped, crushed or short-circuited, they can release dangerous amounts of heat and may ignite. They are also dangerous when exposed to heat. For these reasons, lithium batteries are always subject to specific transport requirements .

It is therefore extremely important that you provide all battery related information for your product right from its creation. If the battery information you provide is incomplete, inaccurate or otherwise conflicting, your product may be blocked for Easy Ship services and you will need to submit a battery exemption sheet through the Upload dangerous goods documents tool. For more information about the required battery documentation, see Easy Ship – Required dangerous good information and documentation.

You can also watch videos on battery in Seller University:

Note: Lithium battery products may be subject to further requirements in addition to dangerous goods ones. Make sure to visit the Product Safety pages.

How do I know if my product contains a lithium battery?

Products containing lithium batteries do not have a specific sticker or symbol allowing you to recognise them. You can however easily recognise them by either looking at the battery itself (the battery composition is generally printed on the battery itself) or by reading the manufacturer’s documentation (e.g. product manual). You can also contact the supplier to know more about your product.

Types of lithium batteries

There are many different types of lithium batteries. The three main types are described here:

For more information, see Lithium batteries on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website.

  • Lithium ion batteries

    Lithium ion batteries (Li-ion or LIB batteries) have lithium compounds as the electrode material and are rechargeable. Li-ion batteries are widely used in portable electronic products such as mobiles, laptops, tablets, MP3 players and cameras.

  • Lithium metal batteries

    Lithium metal batteries have lithium metal as an anode and are generally not rechargeable. They come in different shapes and forms, including the flat, round batteries used in watches. They are also commonly used in products such as calculators or torches.

  • Lithium-ion polymer batteries

    Lithium-ion polymer batteries, often called lithium polymer batteries (Li-poly, Li-Pol, LIP, PLI or LiP) are rechargeable batteries usually composed of several identical secondary cells in parallel. They are used in some portable electronics.

Regulation of lithium ion batteries

Lithium batteries are always subject to specific transport requirements, without exception. Regulation is even stricter for lithium ion batteries because their stored energy content can be very high. For this reason, Easy Ship eligibility status for lithium ion batteries depends upon energy content in Watt-hours (Wh):

Lithium Ion Battery – Easy Ship eligibility Energy Content in Watt Hours Easy Ship approved or rejected?
0Wh≤100Wh APPROVED
≥101Wh REJECTED

The Watt-hour information is generally printed on the battery itself, on its packaging or in the manufacturers' technical documentation.

In cases where the Watt-hour is not printed, it can be calculated from the battery voltage (V) and amp-hour (Ah) rating, also commonly printed on the battery, the outer packaging or in the manufacturer's documentation. The voltage to be used when calculating watt-hours is the nominal voltage of the battery (commonly printed as simply "voltage"), not to be confused with the "input voltage", "output voltage" or "max charging voltage". To calculate the Watt-hours of your product. Calculate the watt-hours of your product .

United Nations test summary requirement

As of 1st January, 2020, UN 38.3 requires lithium battery manufacturers and distributors to provide a document known as a lithium battery test summary upon request. This requirement will be enforced via country-specific regulations.

When manufactured, all lithium batteries and lithium battery products must undergo a series of standardised tests to confirm their safety for use and transport. This new documentation summarises those testing requirements.

To comply with this regulation, Amazon requires all sellers to upload a test summary at ASIN setup.

For more information, download lithium battery guidance from the International Air Transport Association (English only).

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