Does usps charge more to ship lithium?

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  1. Chocolina
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    Usually when I'm selling something, it usually has a chargeable lithium battery inside, but I always tell USPS no when they ask me about lithium for fear they'll charge me more. Maybe they take different precautions like ground-shipping only, but is there any different in costs?

    I find it a little hard to believe that tiny devices with tiny batteries pose much of a risk or threat when shipped, but wonder if the word lithium is a red flag that classifies all lithium of all sizes as a major threat.

    I get the feeling if I said "yes" to the 80 year old teller at the facility, she's not going to ship it as a normal package.
     
  2. Nebuleon

    Nebuleon MAH BOI/GURL

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    There are restrictions on mailing lithium from the USA using the USPS.

    The restrictions were revised on 2012-11-15, to allow some batteries with some lithium content to be mailed inside devices they are meant to operate. But you are not allowed to send lithium on its own.

    Lithium, being an alkali, reacts violently with water. Being in the rain and treated badly by postal workers means that water could get in a package via a small fissure and put mail, and mail delivery people, in danger of being destroyed.

    Think of this when mailing lithium in the future.

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  3. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    Yes. You gotta take 'em or lithi-'em!
    Touché.
     
  4. Chocolina
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    Thank you.

    and I did post in the edge of forum because this was a nothing-topic, a question not worth discussing. I also welcome and encourage frivolous posting in any thread of any topic even if they don't suit a purpose for anyone, myself included. Its a freedom thing. A dozen silly replies is more than fine so long as a legitimate one is amongst them. Since alot of you are sticklers for rules, I prefer posting my personal questions in the edge of forum.
     
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    That, was the absolute worst pun I ever heard.
    Please stop :c
     
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    Yes, he's the master of those. :)
     
  7. grossaffe

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    Watch out, because the USPS is known to throw things with lithium batteries into the incinerator.
     
  8. trumpet-205

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    Don't know if this is still in effect but in the past lithium battery can only be transported by ground shipping.
     
  9. Nebuleon

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    Sometimes you have to have a really bad pun so the good ones can shine more. This is one of those times.
     
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