An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Articles
Would you stake your life, right now, on the condition of your equipment?
NEWS | May 16, 2023

Soldier Support: New Limitations on Shipping Lithium Batteries

BLUF: New rules impact the shipment of lithium batteries in personal property shipments.

Lithium batteries
Graphic by Cameron Porter

Prepping for a PCS? There’s an important new rule that may affect you. Starting May 15, 2023, there are some limitations placed on lithium batteries when they’re included as part of your personal property shipment. The reason is due to fire hazards that lithium batteries can cause.
There are two common types of lithium batteries: lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries.
  • Lithium-ion batteries are found in such items as cellphones, power tools, robot vacuums, and e-bikes, for example; these batteries are rechargeable and intended for multiple uses.
  • Lithium metal batteries are found in watches, remote controls, handheld games and smoke detectors. They’re typically non-rechargeable and come in various sizes and styles.
Personal property items containing:
rechargeable lithium-ion batteries at 100 watt-hours or less or 20 watt-hours or less per lithium-ion cell…
lithium metal batteries containing two grams or less of lithium content or one gram or less per lithium metal cell…
…can be shipped in household goods and unaccompanied baggage shipments. Any higher amount is now prohibited.
The new rule is particularly applicable to those who are moving to or from overseas. In CONUS, lithium batteries can be moved from one location to another by POV, thereby avoiding the prohibition. But the limits apply to any items with lithium-ion or lithium metal batteries placed in government shipments.

For more details and info, see Cameron Porter’s article on HERE.
Want to get better search results faster? 
Click the link below to access our "how to" guide
After entering a keyword, you must hit or click the Search bar/box below for the function to work.
Simply hitting Return won't yield results.
Note about links to archive articles

If you come across a link to a pre-2014 PS Magazine issue or article that uses LOGSA in the web address (URL), use this link instead:
For issues/articles from 2014 and after, click on the Archive/Index tab in the top menu of this website.

BE ADVISED: With the migration to Army365, emails in older articles may still reflect an address. To update, change the domain to