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Are You Shipping Or Packing Lithium-Ion Batteries? Here Are 7 Things You Need To Know

Getting the batteries from Point A to Point B requires you to get familiar with some complicated (and changing) rules.

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Thermal Runaway

The big risk with lithium-ion batteries is that heat being released can trigger a positive feedback loop, known as thermal runaway, that can lead to a fire. This can happen because of defects (as in the case of the Galaxy Note 7), but there are other causes as well, such as overcharging or damage in transit. Authorities have connected two fatal cargo plane fires to the presence of large shipments of lithium-ion batteries on board. The plane crashes – in 2010 and 2011 – killed all four of the crew members on the planes.

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