tim wrote in post #13339614
Guys, i'm seriously considering getting an AlienBees Vagabond Mini Lithium
. They cost US$249/$313 in the US, or AU$401/NZ$521 from the Aussie distributor
. I have someone in the US willing to receive and reship one to me.
I don't think you can post batteries. The cheapest courier I can find from the US to NZ, for a 4x5x8" package that weighs 4.5lb, is US$130. At that price the Australian distributor is about the same price.
Can anyone suggest a good value way to get a package with a lithium battery to New Zealand, given i'm not in any great rush to get it?
Actually small batteries can be shipped, but this aint a small battery!!
Based on the size of the battery in these - these are NOT safe to be shipped by air. Technically I think you can only ship up to 100wh by air, and even then they have to be handled as hazmat. As a result, getting the Vagabond which has 130wh, shipped legally from the US will be cost prohibitive, as pretty much there isnt consumer surface shipping available anymore, as the USPS discontinued it back in 2008. Air shipping from Aussy probably has the same issue.
If it wasnt batteries, I'd point you to the USPS Priority mail flat rate boxes - up to 20 lbs in a 12x12x5.5" box (smaller sizes available as well) which are about $US59 to send, and arrive in about 7-10 days (based on Atlanta to Christchurch). Not as trackable as Fedex/UPS, but you can work out when it gets in the country. I've sent about 10 back in the last couple of years, and none have gone missing.
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