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Lithium Ion Shipping Overview
UN3480 - Lithium Ion Batteries
SKU Description
276-4811 V5 Robot Battery Li-Ion 1100mAh
228-2779 VEX IQ Controller Battery Li-Ion 800mAh


UN3480 shipments cannot be shipped via any method that requires air travel without a “Dangerous Goods Declaration” surcharge from our carrier of $51.50. Our batteries fall under the "inaccessible dangerous goods" category. To avoid this charge, you may have noticed that when you ordered a V5 Robot Battery by itself prior to October 2019, your only shipping option was FedEx Ground.

However, we understand that some customers would like to have expedited shipping regardless of the fees incurred, so we have added this option back in, along with a $51.50 surcharge from FedEx (when a battery is shipping by itself via air).

UN3481 - Lithium Ion Batteries Contained in Equipment
SKU Description
276-7000 V5 System Bundle
276-4820 V5 Controller
228-2530 VEX IQ Controller


Per UN3481, when a Li-Ion battery is contained within the product it is powering, it operates under different regulations. In which case, the product is permitted to ship via air service with no surcharge. Therefore, when you place an order for a 276-7000, you can utilize our normal shipping options.

UN3481 can also apply to “Lithium Ion Batteries Packed with Equipment”. This is where it gets interesting! If a Li-Ion battery is shipped in the same box as an item it is powering, then it operates under UN3481 guidelines, not UN3480. The definition only applies to certain combinations:

Up to 2x V5 Robot Batteries (276-4811) per each 1x qualifying unit listed below:

Up to 2x VEX IQ Controller Batteries (228-2779) per each 1x qualifying unit listed below:

Shipping to Hawaii, Alaska & Puerto Rico

All shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico travel either by sea vessel or by air. Therefore, there are no true “ground” shipping options (including USPS Flat Rate boxes, which travel by air).

After extensive negotiations with our shipping carriers, we are able to offer the following shipping options for customers in these areas:

UN3480 shipments (e.g. a V5 Robot Battery by itself)

    • USPS “ground” service, via ocean, estimated shipping time 2 weeks (currently only available for UN3480 shipments)
    • FedEx 2-Day or Overnight Service (via Air), with a $51.50 surcharge

UN3481 shipments (e.g. a V5 Robot Battery plus a V5 Smart Motor)

  • Normal FedEx rates, no extended lead times or surcharges

We've created a special product page as a way for you to quickly combine items that would enable UN3481 classification. We are investigating long-term solutions that further streamline our ordering process for customers in Hawaii, but until then, this will be our short-term transparent option to ensure that we continue to both support our customers and operate within international regulatory guidelines.