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# 243215 1-Dec-2018 13:26
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Hi everyone,




My Garmin DriveSmart 50 GPS is having some problems, the battery never seems to remain charged and even discharges as it is plugged into the power.




So I'm thinking of replacing the battery. Garmin have surprisingly good customer service, but they won't sell me a replacement battery. So, I'll need to order one from overseas.




The trouble is, NZ Post won't carry LithIon batteries unless they're already installed in a device. I'm not sure about other courier services. 




Does anyone have any experience in buying batteries from overseas?




(I'm posting this here rather than the GPD forum because I'm asking if anyone has imported batteries for general use, rather than specifically for a GPS).





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  # 2137759 1-Dec-2018 14:07
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Importing any sort of lithium battery these days poses challenges due to IATA transport rules - in effect spare lithium batteries are essentially banned from being carried on planes as general freight. They can only be carried under special circumstances.


There are still companies that ignore these rules (people still manage to import stuff off Aliexpress and people seem to buy Powerbanks off NZ retailers and Trademe despite all NZ courier companies not accepting them) so it's potentially a case of hunting around the Internet to find somebody who will ship one if you don't know anybody visiting a country where they're available.


Have you tried all the major battery specialist companies in NZ to see if they carry them?









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