When transporting any type of deep cycle battery, there are a few fundamental principles which need to be followed to ensure everyone stays safe.VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries are a type of deep cycle battery which are very safe and easy to handle. However, general safety measures should always be adhered to. If the casing of a VRLA battery is damaged during transport, the contents, which include lead and sulphuric acid, will become exposed and pose the risk of harming anyone in the vicinity.
Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are another type of deep cycle battery to have been proven safe to transport via road, sea and air. However, there are certain safety considerations to be aware of. While it’s rare to occur, low-grade Lithium batteries without a proper BMS (Battery Management System) can be prone to igniting or exploding if overheated or damaged.
In this blog post, the experts at Valen take a look at some important tips for safe battery transportation and packaging.
Firstly, what do I need to be aware of before transporting deep cycle batteries?
There are different types of lead acid and Lithium battery technologies. Each technology type has different individual characteristics and therefore different safety transport regulations. For example, a wet cell lead acid battery, such as a car battery, falls under the “Dangerous Goods” category and must be transported accordingly. Whereas VRLA batteries are considered to be ‘dry’ or ‘sealed’ because the electrolyte within the battery is immobilised using either Gel or Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM). Therefore, VRLA batteries can be handled and shipped accordingly as “Non-Dangerous” goods.
If you are unsure as to whether your battery is classified as Dangerous Goods or not, it is always best to check with the suppliers’ MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or SDS (Safety Data Sheet). Please note, Valen’s MSDS’ can be found under each Battery Group page.
International Air Transport Association. If you are flying with batteries on board, it is always a wise idea to check with the supplier, or their MSDS, as to the compliance of the batteries with the IATA.
It is essential that the batteries are packaged well when transported to ensure that they are not damaged in any way.
So how should I package my deep cycle batteries to ensure safe transportation?
Here’s a few basic tips to follow:
- Cover all terminals to prevent short circuiting.
- Ensure the battery is fully enclosed in a cardboard carton with thick sides. This will prevent lead acid type batteries from getting damaged in transport and potentially leaking acid.
- Lithium batteries are recommended to be shipped at around 30% charge.
- Check the MSDS for other technology specific transportation requirements.
- If you are flying with batteries, ensure that you have the MSDS for the batteries handy. It’s always a good idea to do a prior check with the airline as not all airlines will allow all types of batteries on board.
- Weight – as VRLA deep cycle batteries are heavy it is best to palletise them to prevent back injury and the batteries from being mishandled and damaged.
Need some more advice on how to safely transport your deep cycle batteries?
For further safety tips, check out our following relevant blog posts:
- How to Safely Handle Lithium Phosphate batteries
- How to Safely Handle VRLA batteries
- How to Safely Store VRLA batteries
- Are mobility scooter or powered wheelchair batteries allowed on airplanes?
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