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Lithium battery UN 38.3 test for transportation safety

What is lithium battery UN 38.3 test report?

Almost all lithium batteries must pass Section 38.3 of the UN Test and Standards Manual to ensure the safety of lithium batteries during transportation. The lithium battery UN38.3 report can be provided by a third-party testing agency designated by the civil aviation where the lithium battery product departs, or by a battery manufacturer with testing capabilities. If this test report cannot be provided, civil aviation will prohibit air transportation of lithium batteries.

The report is divided into 4 parts: UN38.3 test report, MSDS, aviation and maritime appraisal report.

UN38.3 is a requirement for battery transportation. For example, if batteries are delivered by sea or air transportation, they must have UN38.3 test report, air transportation appraisal certificate, maritime appraisal certificate, MSDS.

Basically, the current UN38.3 test report includes all the parts: the UN38.3 test report, MSDS, air and shipping appraisal.

How long does the UN38.3 test take?

The product test basically takes about 3 weeks, and the report is about 1 week lead time.

What does the UN38.3 test cost?

As of Sep 30th, 2021, the cost of UN38.3 test of our cooperated testing lab in Southern China is about 600 Euro per product test. For your reference only. Price could change.

What is the procedure of UN38.3 test?

UN38.3 certification process:

1. Send samples and submit information

2. Test

3. Application for appraisal

4. A report is issued.

What to pay attention to for different battery product package during transportation?

If the battery is transported separately or together with the device, and the UN38.3+1.2M drop test is required.

If the battery is installed in the device(fixed), only UN38.3 is required.