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Vigil batteries now no longer field replaceable

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I call BULL PUCKY on this.

You can go to any Office Depot or Staples store and purchase a multitude of Lithium batteries for your laptop computer that are many, many times more powerful than the battery which is in an AAD. Then you can go to your local cell phone store and buy many Lithium batteries that are more powerful again.

For some reason these Lithium batteries are shipped all over the place by magic pixie dust and yet Vigil can not figure out how every other company on the planet can ship batteries. This is a business decision to make extra $$$ and if everyone just lays down and takes it without question then nothing will change and they will win.

PS. If someone gets a new battery from Vigil, where is it manufactured exactly? I'm guessing they found some way to ship it from the manufacturer to Vigil......

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Your laptop and cell phone use lithium-ion batteries, which are rechargeable and must be shipped at no more than 30% charge. AAD batteries are lithium metal, which are not rechargeable.

Both UPS and FedEx put additional restrictions on shipping these types of batteries as of January 1st, so I doubt that this is just to make extra money. Here's the relevant IATA document: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Documents/lithium-battery-guidance-document-2017-en.pdf

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I sort of agree. Ground shipping is available after all. I think (but don't know) that they just don't want people, including riggers in the field, opening them up and doing the change. And then sealing the gasket up again. You still have to do that to change the cutter or control head though. They probably have seen too many units messed up in the field by now.

But I do wish they would not blame it on battery shipping rules. It's pretty obvious there are ways around that.
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I have had nightmare experiences trying to ship AADs for the last 6 - 12 months. I am based in Qatar and it took months to get a freight company to ship 68 Cypres in for maintenance...... no exaggeration MONTHS!!!! All companies refused outright, then after a lot of negotiation - submission of documents bargaining, pleading, demonstrating we got approval to ship air freight, dangerous cargo. It has been getting worse and worse every time we try to ship, they see the word LITHIUM and they freak the fuck out, then you have to start from the base of a freaked out cargo clerk and work your way up to the hazardous cargo manager......

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PeteS

So how are you supposed to ship a unit in that has a battery installed and how do they expect to ship it back?? Huh?



If you read the links that I posted above, you'll see that UPS and FedEx are talking about "lithium metal and lithium ion batteries shipped alone that are not contained in or packed with equipment." Batteries installed in their intended equipment are in a different category.

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The Note is a story in its own, but in general it is easier to short-circuit (read: set on fire) a battery when it is not contained in the product. Throw a battery and your keys together in a bag and the keys might just do the trick of connecting the leads.

Makes me wonder, do the rules allow us to make a product that holds the batteries in a safe way, but allows an end-user to easily take out the batteries? How shall we call something like that... maybe 'holder' is a good word? =)

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