Grounded: Lithium-Ion Batteries

May 16, 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has prohibited the transport of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft. Lithium-ion batteries, like those used in consumer electronics such as cell phones and laptops, have been identified as a fire risk.

Damage to the battery, improper handling, or a short circuit can cause a fire, and several aircraft fires have been blamed on the batteries in the last few years.

The ban does not apply to batteries that are inside a person’s cell phone or laptop, just those that are being shipped in bulk.

Likewise, the IATA has released stricter packaging standards for lithium batteries. This change is meant to prevent a short circuit during transport. For example, iPhone 6 batteries must be packaged in a non-conductive material, separated by cardboard or similar packaging, and exposed terminals must be covered with a non-conductive material.

This change will not affect the majority of our customers, as we keep batteries for most popular models in stock. However, if we have to special-order a battery, it may take an extra day or two to arrive, as they cannot be flown overnight.

We appreciate our customer’s patience and will do our best to stock batteries for most models. If you think you may need a new battery for your phone, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to check our stock to make sure we have it in.

Marion: 618-944-4505

Carbondale: 618-351-0130

You can always find prices for batteries and more at www.salukiscreenrepair.com.


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