Lithium batteries are widely used and characterised by the following:
However, lithium batteries 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 transportation requirements.
All battery-related information must be provided for your product when you create a listing or convert that listing to FBA. If the battery information that you provide is incomplete, inaccurate or otherwise conflicting, your product may be blocked for sale through FBA. You must also upload a battery exemption sheet on Manage dangerous goods classification.
For more information, refer to Required dangerous goods information and documentation (hazmat) and International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Watch also the battery videos in Seller University:
Use the Look up an ASIN tool to check the classification status of your FBA ASIN.
Products do not have a specific sticker or symbol that indicates the presence of lithium batteries. But you can easily recognise the batteries in a few ways:
There are many different types of lithium batteries. The three main types are described here.
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 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, 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.
|Lithium ion battery – Amazon policy||Energy content in watt-hours (Wh)||Region/country||Amazon approved or rejected?|
|0 Wh-100 Wh||Australia||Approved|
|101 Wh-300 Wh||Australia||Rejected|
|More than 301 Wh||Australia||Rejected|
The watt-hour information is generally printed on the battery itself, on its packaging or in the manufacturer’s 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 maximum charging voltage.
As of January 1, 2020, UN 38.3 requires lithium battery manufacturers and distributors to provide a document known as a lithium battery test summary upon request. This requirement will be enforced via country-specific regulations.
When manufactured, all lithium batteries and lithium battery products must undergo a series of standardised tests to confirm their safety for use and transport. This new documentation summarises those testing requirements.
To comply with this regulation, Amazon requires all sellers to upload a test summary at ASIN setup.
For more information, download lithium battery guidance from the International Air Transport Association (English only).