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applesaucemanny's avatar

Can I ship a pack of batteries?

Asked by applesaucemanny (1775points) July 25th, 2011

That’s my first question, can I ship a pack of batteries safely? (4 duracell batteries in its pack to be exact) My next question is, if I can how do I go on about doing it? I haven’t mailed a letter or shipped anything in my life so I don’t know exactly what I’m doing. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance :)

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Jeruba's avatar

Do you mean you want to wrap it up and send it to someone—mail it in a package? What are they, like C batteries or AA’s?

Where are you?

You can order batteries online, so it certainly appears that they can be shipped.

applesaucemanny's avatar

Yup, I just need to send it to someone I just don’t know what to do. I’m in the US, and I’m mailing it to the same state.

Jeruba's avatar

Why don’t you go to the link I gave you above and order them for delivery to your recipient? There’s a special shipping rate of 99 cents. I don’t think you could mail them in a package or envelope for less than twice that; a lightweight paperback costs me more than $2 in postage.

If you’re determined to mail the ones you have, you can take them to the post office and get a suitable box or envelope there. You’ll probably want a padded envelope. (You can also get packaging materials at Kinko’s and office supply stores and drugstores and places like WalMart and PayLess.) Address the package, and the postal clerk will weigh it and tell you how must postage you have to pay for whichever kind of delivery service you choose.

applesaucemanny's avatar

Well money isn’t really a problem, and that seems like a good website but I’m not sure how to use it… and I don’t have a credit card.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Yes you can ship a pack of batteries. You can also pack a ship of batteries.

chewhorse's avatar

Batteries are being shipped all the time.. I just received 16 AA’s from an opinion sight.. Simply follow Jeruba’s shipping advice and you can’t go wrong. If the post office won’t do it then fed ex or ups will (they were delivered to me via fed ex).

Seaofclouds's avatar

Batteries are actually on the USPS’s list of hazardous items that should not be mailed. That being said, I know plenty of people that have mailed batteries in a package without ever having a problem. It’s up to you. When you go to mail that package, they will ask you if you have anything hazardous in it, if you say yes, they won’t accept it. So, you can either just order them from a site and have them mail it to the person you are sending it to as @Jeruba suggested, you can mail them yourself and lie about it when the people at USPS as if there is anything hazardous in the package, or you can check with the other shipping places (UPS, FedEx) to see if they have the same restrictions.

Blueroses's avatar

My question is why do you need to mail batteries to your friend? USPS is so expensive, I just paid $3 to mail an envelope of papers. It would cost you less to slip a couple of bucks into a card and tell your friend to buy batteries with it.

gasman's avatar if you just want to supply somebody with batteries.

From @Seaofclouds‘s link it seems you can’t legally use the US postal system.
UPS (United Parcel Service) will handle ordinary dry cells (@applesaucemanny, your pack of Duracells probably fits that description) but not lead-acid, lithium ion, or other kinds requiring hazmat handling. Fed-Ex will take any kind of battery. Also many shippers offer scheduled home pick-ups, so not much different from postal system. Might not even cost that much more – I agree with @Blueroses about the money.

Of course you can legally ship just about anything including gasoline or explosives, so long as you choose an approved hazmat carrier & follow DOT rules. And pay.

applesaucemanny's avatar

Thank you guys soooo much for these responses…. I think I’ll just do what @Blueroses suggested, it’ll just be easier that way. But if I do need to ship batteries in the future I’ll know what I’m looking at. Thanks again!

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