Different rules apply when shipping damaged batteries. A lead acid battery is considered damaged if the possibility of leakage exists due to a crack or if one or more caps are missing. Transportation companies and air carriers may require draining the batteries of all acid prior to transport. Place damaged batteries in an acid-resistant container and add soda ash to neutralize any acid that might spill. Separate damaged and intact batteries.
Since 2008, lithium batteries can no longer be placed in checked baggage; they must be carried onboard. Air travelers are reminded of how many batteries they can carry with a portable device and as spares. Quick access to a fire extinguisher enables putting out a fire in the cabin should one take off. A coffee pot served as the fire extinguishing device for a flaming laptop battery in one reported incident. This is not possible with a burning battery in the cargo hold.
The portable Vanta Work Station is battery operated for testing on the go. A fully interlocked lid and 360-degree shielding make it convenient for bagged, prepped, and liquid samples or small objects, including jewelry and circuit boards. In this closed-beam setup, users operate the analyzer using Vanta PC software or the Vanta mobile app.
Enabled by the ongoing miniaturization of electronics, new portable instruments combining sensing with wireless communication can be designed, which minimizes the need for bulky laboratory infrastructure at the POC and primary care settings . 2b1af7f3a8