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4 thoughts on “USPS Imposes New Limits on Used Electronics”

  1. I’m all for protecting everyone’s safety, but I’m confused why shipping a phone on a plane is hazardous, but taking your phone with you when you fly somewhere is not. Is there something I’m missing?

    1. I’m presuming it’s because packages are in the cargo area of the plane where noone would be aware of a fire, whereas if it was in your pocket, you’d know right away.

  2. Also I suspect that it has to do with sellers NOT always switching devices completely off when they have non-removable batteries – before shipping. (Likewise making a hole in padding so the power button cannot be accidentally pressed in transit.) Putting them into standby or sleep means that they can suddenly go alive in a confined space with no ventilation – leading to rapid overheating with a chance of fire.

  3. The “ inside a device rule“ just means they don’t want people shipping loose lithium batteries. But people are dimwits and misunderstand the rule. They make sure they put the battery in whatever device they are shipping. That’s not what it means. I think their unclear rule is part of the problem. If it’s a power tool battery the casing is a device. The battery management chip maybe the indicator lights. A power tool lithium battery is a device in and of itself. You certainly shouldn’t put it in the tool before you ship it. Separately in the box just like you find them from the manufacture. Duh.

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