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Requirements for lithium batteries and products that are shipped with lithium batteries

Lithium batteries are widely used and characterised by:

  • Long life
  • No memory effect (they do not lose their maximum energy capacity)
  • Slow loss of charge when not in use

While useful, they can also be dangerous. If damaged, dropped, crushed or short-circuited, they can release dangerous amounts of heat and may ignite. They are also dangerous when exposed to heat. For these reasons, lithium batteries are always subject to specific transport requirements.

It is therefore extremely important that you provide all battery related information for your product right from its creation or conversion to FBA. If the battery information that you provide is incomplete, inaccurate or otherwise conflicting, your product may be blocked for sale through Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) and you will need to submit a battery exemption sheet through the Upload dangerous goods documents tool. For more information about the required battery documentation, see Required dangerous good information and documentation.

Watch also the battery videos in Seller University:

Battery Selling Standards

Dangerous Goods Awareness

Use the Look up an ASIN tool to check the classification status of your FBA ASIN.

Important: Lithium battery products may be subject to further requirements in addition to dangerous goods ones. Make sure that you visit the Recalls & Product Safety page.

How do I know if my product contains a lithium battery?

Products containing lithium batteries do not have a specific sticker or symbol allowing you to recognise them. You can however easily recognise them by either looking at the battery itself (the battery composition is generally printed on the battery) or by reading the manufacturer’s documentation (e.g. product manual). You can also contact the supplier to learn more about your product.

Types of lithium batteries

There are many different types of lithium batteries. The three main types are described here.

For more information, see Lithium batteries on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website.

Lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion or LIB batteries) have lithium compounds as the electrode material, and are rechargeable. Li-ion batteries are widely used in portable electronic products such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 players and cameras.

Lithium-metal batteries

Lithium metal batteries have lithium metal as an anode and are generally not rechargeable. They come in different shapes and forms, including the flat, round batteries used in watches. They are also commonly used in products such as calculators or torches.

Lithium-ion polymer batteries

Lithium-ion polymer batteries, often called lithium polymer batteries (Li-poly, Li-Pol, LIP, PLI or LiP) are rechargeable batteries usually composed of several identical secondary cells in parallel. They are used in some portable electronic products and fall under the family of lithium-ion batteries.

Regulation of lithium-ion batteries

Lithium batteries are always subject to specific transport requirements, without exception. Lithium-ion batteries can have a very high stored energy content, and this is why Amazon will not ship some lithium-ion battery products. Amazon eligibility status for lithium-ion batteries depends on energy content in watt-hours (Wh) and marketplace, as follows:

Lithium Ion Battery – Amazon policy Energy Content in Watt Hours Region / Country Amazon Approved or Rejected?
0Wh≤100Wh Australia Approved
Brazil Approved
Canada Approved
China Approved
Europe Approved
India Approved
Japan Approved
Mexico Approved
Middle East Approved
Singapore Approved
Turkey Approved
United States Approved
101Wh≤300Wh Australia Rejected
Brazil Rejected
Canada Rejected
China Rejected
Europe Rejected
India Approved
Japan Approved
Mexico Rejected
Middle East Rejected
Singapore Rejected
Turkey Rejected
United States Approved
≥301Wh Australia Rejected
Brazil Rejected
Canada Rejected
China Rejected
Europe Rejected
India Approved
Japan Approved
Mexico Rejected
Middle East Rejected
Singapore Rejected
Turkey Rejected
United States Rejected

The watt-hour information is generally printed on the battery itself, on its packaging or in the manufacturer's technical documentation.

In cases where the watt-hour is not printed, it can be calculated from the battery voltage (V) and amp-hour (Ah) rating, also commonly printed on the battery, the outer packaging or in the manufacturer's documentation. The voltage to be used when calculating watt-hours is the nominal voltage of the battery (commonly printed as simply "voltage"), not to be confused with the input voltage, output voltage or max charging voltage. To calculate the watt-hours of your product, you can use the calculator found here.

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