Lithium batteries in bike computers:

Lithium batteries in bike computers:
Techstage presents the pros and cons of GPS bike navigation devices in this article:
And what you need to consider in terms of the lithium battery in the bike computer, we at LITHIUM BATTERY SERVICE tell you:
All these devices contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is mostly non-replaceable.
Before purchasing a device with a lithium-ion battery, make sure that the lithium cells or batteries in the device comply with dangerous goods transport regulations. A lithium cell or lithium battery must have been manufactured according to a quality management programme and must have successfully passed UN Test 38.3.
This is because it is generally illegal to transport series lithium cells and batteries if these two requirements are not met. Because lithium-ion batteries belong to dangerous goods class 9, the seller and the buyer should pay attention to these regulations and the greatest possible safety.
Also, always follow the manufacturer's safety instructions for prolonged storage if the bike computer will not be used until the next bike trip.

So what to do BEFORE YOU BUY?

Before purchasing from the manufacturer, ask whether the lithium cell or lithium battery have been manufactured according to a quality management program and have passed the UN test series 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.

Find out what the quality management program is all about here:

Which test criteria the UN Test 38.3 contains here:

The manufacturers, but also you as a subsequent supplier are obliged since 01. January 2020 to provide this information on request.
 They do not have to be enclosed with the device and also do not have to be listed on the product data sheet of the device.

This makes it difficult for you as a distributor and even more so for the buyer to find out whether your battery was manufactured in compliance with the regulations.

As a distributor you often have to persistently ask the manufacturer until you receive the documents.
 Refrain from buying goods where this information is not given to you correctly or where you receive no answer at all. 

Before you as a distributor purchase and import equipment with lithium cells and lithium batteries you should make a supplier inquiry.

You can download a form of UN38.3 test summary and supplier inquery in our portal for FREE, which includes all the important questions about the lithium cells or -batteries.
You are also welcome to add your logo to our inquiry, but our copyright must be left in the footer:

After confirmation, please check, if the described lithium cell or battery also fits your device and not only general information is given or if you only received a product data sheet.

To help you we have a checklist on our website under DOWNLOADS, so that you can check whether all information required in the UN 38.3 Test Summary is included:

If you need to ship or prepare lithium cells and lithium batteries for transportation, we provide checklist articles for your transportation mode, including returns:

Often the question arises what to do with returns of lithium cells and batteries.

Here we provide you with some help:

And as a distributor, you also have to deal with storage. Here are some hints- Also talk to your insurer how your company building is covered in case of fire due to lithium cells or batteries.

Finally there is the question of disposal. You can find out how this works in your country if you´re living in an ADR member state under:

Questions and answers about lithium cells and -batteries here:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions:

And if you need further training around the shipping and transport preparation of lithium cells and batteries in road transport as per ADR, see transport as per IMDG code and air transport as per ICAO TI / IATA DGR you will find our training courses here:

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