As of May 16, 2012, USPS has changed part of their mailing rules and standards. Lithium batteries and cells (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are now not allowed to be shipped internationally or to any APO, FPO, and DPO locations. This means that mailers also cannot send out products that have lithium batteries inside of them, including tech gadgets such as cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and digital camera.
After January 1, 2013, limited quantities may be allowed to ship out internationally, as long as "the batteries are properly installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to operate."
This does not affect the current rules for mailing lithium products within the United States, and lithium batteries (and their corresponding technical products) may still be shipped out normally. However, for international shipping, mailers may have to resort to private carriers such as FedEx.
August 9, 2011 00:02 by Jeremy
That's right: 198 lbs, or 90 kg's, of pure power. This monster battery was created by Sony in the event of a blackout for large companies, universities, governments and networks. And with 2.4kWh of power, holding a maximum load of 1000VA, you bet that this emergency power source will be able to handle quite a bit. It can even charge up to 95% capacity in 2 hours. I don't think my old laptop even does that.
Made out of Olivine-type Lithium-ion Phosphate batteries (say that 10 times really fast), the ESSP-2000 was designed to last more than 10 years, say Sony. Check out their (translated) press release in the link below.
July 12, 2011 20:28 by Ty
HP has released some new toys for network administrators that include the HP R1500 G3 and R/T3000 G2 Uninterruptible Power Systems with power protection support for virtualized environments. These new rack mount UPS units are very efficient and compact providing backup power in a space constrained rack environment. The new R1500 G3 and R/T3000 G2 Rackmount comes with new firmware, auto shutdown protection software, and an optional network management card to run and maintain networking environments.
The HP R1500 G3 UPS provides maximum uptime, performance and minimal 1U rackspace during brownouts and blackouts. The batteries are hot swappable and an enhanced battery management system will provide a 60-day notification when the UPS batteries need to be replaced. The HP R1500 G3 UPS provides up to 1050 watts of power with a pure sine wave output for quality power to servers and equipment, even during electrical surges and brownouts. HP offers a 3 year warranty on the R1500 G3 UPS.
The HP R/T3000 G2 UPS packs up to 3000 watts into a 2U rackmount space to protect more servers during a brownout or blackout. Serial and USB support allows increased flexibility for UPS management and hot swappable batteries for easy battery replacement. The R1 R/T3000 G2 UPS also comes with a Tower conversion kit for high powered Tower servers and BladeSystems that are not rack mounted. HP offers a 3 year warranty on the R/T3000 G2 UPS.
Check out the Hewlett Packard Web site for more information on HP Rack-mountable UPS Uninterruptible Power Systems.
Find Replacement UPS Batteries on eBatts.com under the UPS category.
May 26, 2011 00:37 by Ty
When you're on the go and need basically a power-strip of AC sockets, the Duracell PowerSource 1800 will provide exactly what you're looking for. The Duracell PowerSource 1800 puts out 1800 watts of max power, with up to 1440 continuous watts. With its five AC outlets, you can run household appliances and other electronics such as a microwave, blender, toaster, refrigerator, blow dryer, flood lights, computers, and even charge your cell phone. Two wheels are on the back help makes transportation easier, and a display panel on the top shows remaining battery life and output power.
Duracell PowerPack 1800 Features:
- 5 AC Outlets (1 on the front, 4 on the back).
- Built-in transfer relay provides reliable backup power capability.
- Recharges from home AC wall outlet.
- Powerful enough to turn on almost any household appliance.
- Audible alarm signals ten minutes prior to the unit running out of battery power.
- Top display panel has a digital LED display that indicates the battery capacity status and total wattage of the devices connected to the PowerSource 1800.
- Will supply 10 hrs backup power & over 1.5 hrs run time.
- Rear-wheels for easy transportation.
Duracell PowerSource 1800 Specifications
AC output power (max. continuous): 1440 W (2300 VA)
AC output power (5 min): 1800 W (2900 VA)
AC output surge capacity (peak): 3600 W
AC output voltage (nominal): 120 V
AC output frequency: 60 Hz
AC output waveform: Modified sine wave
Inverter no-load current: 0.6 A
Inverter low-battery alarm: 11.0 V
Inverter low-battery shutdown: 10.5 V
Internal battery type: Sealed lead-acid
Internal battery capacity: 3 x 17 Ah, 12 V
Internal battery voltage: 12 Vdc (nominal)
DC power socket (circuit breaker): N/A
Dimensions (L x W x H): 19.25" x 8.25" x 11.25"
Weight: 58.2 lbs
Operating temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Storage temperature: 32°F to 86°F (0°C to 30°C)
AC charger bulk charging current: 5 A (maximum)
Peak charging voltage: 14.4 V (nominal)
Charge restart voltage: 13.5 V (nominal)
Float charge current: N/A
Charger input socket current: N/A
From AC outlet: Max. 15 hours
From DC outlet: N/A
Duracell Powersource 1800 LED Screen
Front - Duracell Powersource 1800 1 Outlet
Back - Duracell Powersource 1800 4 Outlets
Check out the Duracell PowerSource 1800 on eBatts.com and all of the other Duracell Powerpack battery backup systems available.
March 30, 2011 01:24 by Jeremy
Shipping batteries in the near future? UPS has a few helpful tips that could save you (and your package) from a bit of trouble. It's always good to keep in mind that there are different regulatory requirements when packaging each type of battery; however, these tips work to generally keep you and the recipient safe from harm.
- For loose batteries, cover the battery terminals (or leads) with an insulating cap or electrical tape, if the battery is not already contained in protective packaging.
- Ensure there is adequate internal protection to keep batteries from contacting metal or other batteries by wrapping them individually, either with bubble sheeting or plastic bags.
- Do not ship damaged, defective, or recalled batteries by air, as such shipments are prohibited by federal regulation. Also, UPS does not accept air shipments of recycled batteries.
- For battery-operated tools, laptops, or other appliances, provide effective protection for the switches to make sure they will not turn on accidentally during transportation.
- Lead-acid batteries contain highly corrosive liquids, making these batteries subject to U.S. and international shipping regulations. UPS hazardous materials restrictions may also apply.
- Package batteries securely to keep them from shifting, being crushed, or otherwise damaged while in transportation.