NOTE: Significant changes to regulations affecting
shipment of lithium batteries were implemented on January 1, 2013. See
Shipping Precautions in Section 1 of the latest version of your
instrument manual on our website for a
summary of the shipping and labeling requirements for your instrument.
(The shipping information provided is a general overview of lithium battery shipping requirements; it does not provide complete shipping information. The information is provided as a courtesy, to be used as a guideline to assist properly trained shippers. These materials do not alter, satisfy, or influence any federal or state requirements. These materials are subject to change due to changes in government regulations. Sea-Bird accepts no liability for loss or damage resulting from changes, errors, omissions, or misinterpretations of these materials. See the current edition of the IATA Dangerous Good Regulations for complete information on packaging, labeling, and shipping document requirements.)
The information provided below is intended only to assist you in shipping an instrument from your lab to a deployment location and vice versa.
Depending on their classification, the shipment of lithium batteries is subject to safety regulation concerning Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Material imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Other countries may also have their own regulations. YOU, the shipper, are responsible for compliance with the law. We can only advise you of the existence of the law and the classification of the battery pack (our product) under the law.
Discussed below are:
Do not return this used battery to Sea-Bird. Remove the battery from the instrument prior to shipping to Sea-Bird. See the latest version of the instrument manual on the website for shipping and labeling information.
Do not return these used batteries to Sea-Bird. Remove the batteries from the instrument prior to shipping to Sea-Bird. See the latest version of the instrument manual on the website for shipping and labeling information.
Sea-Bird ships these batteries outside of the instrument, not assembled in the battery pack, in a heat-sealed bag placed in bubble wrap and inside strong packaging.
If two or more of these battery sticks are assembled into the instrument’s battery pack (either inside or outside the instrument housing), they are connected in parallel and are classified as Dangerous/Hazardous Goods. The assembled battery pack does not comply with regulations requiring battery packaging test documentation and therefore MUST NOT BE SHIPPED VIA COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING PASSENGER AIRLINES, OR CARGO CARRIERS SUCH AS FEDEX, DHL, UPS, ETC.
See the latest version of the instrument manual on the website for shipping and labeling information.
Do not return these used batteries to Sea-Bird. Remove the batteries from the instrument prior to shipping to Sea-Bird. If you send the batteries to Sea-Bird, we will not return them to you. Additionally, we will charge you a $50 battery disposal fee per instrument.
Note: In 2008, Sea-Bird began shipping 12 AA lithium batteries (PN 50441) for new MicroCAT and SBE 44 orders and for battery replacement orders. These batteries are used with a battery pack (PN 801797 or PN 801863, depending on the instrument type and firmware version). The shipping restrictions for these AA lithium batteries are similar to those for the PN 80981.1 batteries.
As of 2004, Sea-Bird does not ship assembled Electro Chem lithium battery packs, due to changes in U.S. DOT and IATA regulations. If shipping Electro Chem cells or batteries by commercial carrier, transport them in accordance with DOT and IATA regulations. Sea-Bird cannot advise you on this matter; consult the proper authorities.
Note: We sell a battery pack kit (which does not include the batteries); you can use the kit to build a battery pack with Electro Chem lithium cells that you purchase elsewhere (see Electro Chem's website for purchasing information). See the SBE 16, 16plus, 16plus-IM, 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, or 26 listing on our Spare Parts Kit page for a link to the battery pack kit instructions.
Do not return used Electro Chem Lithium batteries to Sea-Bird. Remove the batteries from the instrument prior to shipping to Sea-Bird. If you send the batteries to Sea-Bird, we will not ship the batteries back to you. If you cannot arrange for pick-up of the batteries at our factory, we will dispose of the batteries for you, and we will charge you a fee for disposal.