(Please give us guidance on how to handle lithium batteries installed in equipment. (revised))

Q.
When lithium ion batteries are already installed in equipment, PI 967 applies. In Section II of PI 967, there is a provision saying; “Each package containing more than four cells or more than two bartteries installed in equipment must be labeled with a lithium handling label (Figure 7.4.H), except for button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards).” If I have one device with one cell in one package, then it is easy to understand no lithium handling label is required. However, if I have 10 of those devices in one package, do I then need the lithium battery handling label? What about if the batteries were button cell batteries? (This Q&A was posted on June 30, however, there were some vague passages in the Question as well as an error in the Answer. It is therefore re-edited and re-posted.) (31 Aug 13)

A.
The provisions contained in Section II of PI 967 states: “Each package containing more than four cells or more than two bartteries installed in equipment must be labeled with a lithium handling label (Figure 7.4.H), except for button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards).” As so stated. The package in question contains 10 cells, therefore the lithium battery handling label will be required. If in case of button cell batteries, the handling label is not required.


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