What's with the Post Office's terrified fixation on lithium batteries?

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  1. Adieu

    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    ...or should *I* be terrified of them, too?

    I just had a tracked package vanish off the radar for over a week. Wrote in to the shipper, and they say it's on a "security inspection hold" by USPS (duration: unknown) due to the couple scary lithium batteries inside. Regular 18650's in factory packaging.

    What gives? Doesn't EVERYTHING have lithium batteries these days???
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    They have a tendency to explode and burn (when shorted).
     
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    As do lots of things.

    How's holding on to 1 in like 100 parcels at random gonna help with that?
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Well an online store shipped it that way


    Also... ACTUALLY, regulation 349.222(d) {note: no wonder they go postal} almost-plainly states that you, in fact, CAN ship them
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Depending on the type and size.
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    18650's

    The ones you use for vapes, LED flashlights, etc.
     
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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    ok, I did a quick search & they looked like AA. I guess they are a little bigger...

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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    when I 1st searched, a bunch of images came up like:

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    Any battery that can deliver 4 amp if dead shorted should be cause for concern under the post 911 world.
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Right, because sh!t didn't catch fire in the 20th century

    Oh, and terrorists. On planes and/or with anthrax envelopes.

    Although I have no idea how that relates to flammable batteries. Which are literally everywhere around us anyway.
     

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