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Shipping Batteries Internationally from China

Shipping Batteries Internationally from China

Give our China Warehouse Address to your suppliers in China for them to send your goods to for International Shipping

About Buying Batteries from China

Batteries are portable storehouses of energy. They power our headlamps, lanterns, GPS devices, cameras, music players and more. The ideal battery will give you a balance of long duration, high performance, fair cost and low environmental impact. In order to get that, you have to know what you’re looking for, which can be tough when you start digging into details about electrodes, cathodes and different metal types.
Figure Out What Size Batteries You Need
You don’t need to know much about batteries to get the right size for your device. Figuring it out can be as easy as looking at the batteries currently in your device and replacing them with the same size (i.e. if there are AAA batteries in there, then that’s what size you need to buy). If you don’t already have batteries installed, look on the device for some indication or check the instruction manual.
If you want to know a little more about battery sizes, here’s a quick primer:
You’re probably familiar with AAA, AA, C and D batteries. Those letters are indicators of size. Basically, the farther you get through the alphabet, the larger the battery (e.g. D is bigger than C). When you see a letter used more than once (eg. AA, AAA), the more times it’s used, the smaller the battery (eg. AAA is smaller than AA).
Sizing for coin cell batteries (also called button cell batteries) works a little differently. These batteries typically include two letters followed by four numbers. The first letter indicates the chemical composition, while the second indicates the shape. The four numbers describe the size, with the first two indicating diameter and the second two indicating height. For instance, with a CR2032 battery, the C stands for lithium, the R specifies that the battery is round, and 2032 means that the battery is 20mm in diameter by 3.2mm high.
Choose Single-Use or Rechargeable
If you’re shopping for common cylindrical batteries, like AAA, AA, C or D, you have the option of buying single-use batteries or rechargeable batteries (coin-cell batteries, like CR2032, are single-use only). Both have advantages and disadvantages; Here’s a quick look at those:
Single-use batteries: These are what they sound like. When they run out of juice, you need to dispose of them (to find battery recycling options near you, visit The two main types of single-use batteries are alkaline and lithium.


Cheaper upfront cost than rechargeable batteries.
Very low self-discharge rate (power loss when not in use) for a long shelf life.
Widely available.

Require disposal after fully discharged.

Rechargeable Batteries: These batteries are built to be recharged over and over again, in some cases up to 500 times or more. The two main types of rechargeable batteries are nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion.


Because they’re rechargeable, they generate less waste than single-use batteries.
They offer better long-term value than single-use batteries (the more you use them, the cheaper they get).

More expensive upfront cost than single-use batteries.

Get the Right Type of Battery
Once you’ve settled on the battery size and decided between single-use and rechargeable, you may find it helpful to understand a bit more about the different types of batteries. With a basic understanding of how batteries work and what’s inside them, you can make more informed decisions about the right type of batteries for your needs.

anatomy of a battery

Battery basics: Common batteries, such as AAA, AA, C and D, have positive and negative terminals and two internal layers called electrodes that include a cathode (which transports a positive charge) and an anode (to carry a negative charge). All batteries also have some type of electrolyte—a substance that conducts electricity (a flow of electrons) between the battery’s terminals. When you put a battery in a device, like a headlamp, the electrolyte, cathode and anode interact and a chemical reaction (basically oxidation) occurs. Ions (positively charged) and electrons (negatively charged) flow through the electrolyte, exit via the negative terminal and enable your device to function.

Over time, a battery's internal chemicals begin to degrade and interaction diminishes. Eventually they can no longer retain a charge and are considered “dead.”

The mix of chemicals in a battery aims to provide some combination of the four holy grails of the elusive "ideal" battery—long life, high performance, reasonable cost and low environmental impact. Here’s a closer look at the most common options available for single-use and rechargeable batteries:

Single-Use Batteries
Single-Use Alkaline Batteries
The most commonly used battery of all is an alkaline battery (meaning it contains an alkaline electrolyte, usually potassium hydroxide).

Best use: "Low-drain" devices such as LED headlamps, LED flashlights, toys, remote control devices, clocks and radios, and even moderate-drain items such as lights using incandescent bulbs. Alkaline batteries can be used in high-drain devices (digital cameras, for instance), though their life expectancy will be sharply reduced. Why? Even though alkalines have high initial energy capacity, high-drain devices exert such a substantial draw that energy swiftly gets drawn down.


Moderately priced
Widely available

Perpetual cycle of use-disposal-replacement. Can possibly be recycled, but most wind up in landfills.
Nominal voltage: 1.5 (though it gradually declines to less than 1 volt as the battery discharges its energy).

Estimated shelf life (at 68°F/20°C): 5–7 years.

Single-Use Lithium Batteries
Lithium, an exceptionally light metal, gives lithium batteries the highest energy density of any battery cell. Thus, they can store more energy than alkaline batteries or any single-use battery of a comparable size. And they are superb performers in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold.

USE WITH CAUTION: Their higher voltage capacity makes lithium batteries too powerful for some devices and may damage circuitry. Read manufacturer instructions for battery recommendations for individual products.

Best use: High-drain devices (eg. digital cameras) and most (but not all) moderate-drain devices (eg. headlamps, toys).


Longest life (by far) in single-use category; in a digital camera, lithium batteries hypothetically may produce 100–200+ flash photos; alkaline batteries, 20–40+.
Superior functionality in extreme temperatures, from well below zero to over 100°F.
Very long shelf life.
Light weight (approximately 30 percent lighter than equivalent sized alkaline batteries).

More expensive.
WARNING: Higher voltage may damage some devices. Read manufacturer instructions that accompany each device to determine if they can handle lithium batteries.

Nominal voltage: 1.5–3 (though it gradually declines as battery discharges).

Estimated shelf life (68°F/20°C): 10–15 years.

Rechargeable Batteries
Rechargeable Standard Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries
As the name suggests, a Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery consists of:

nickel (typically nickel hydroxide; used for the cathode/positive electrode)
an alloy (a mixture of metals or metal mixed with other elements; used for the anode/negative electrode)
potassium hydroxide (an alkaline) as an electrolyte.
NiMH batteries have replaced nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries as the preferred cylindrical rechargeable battery. They offer higher energy capacity (up to 50 percent more) than NiCd batteries and avoid the high toxicity of cadmium. That said, standard NiMH batteries have largely been replaced by precharged NiMH batteries (see the Precharged NiMH batteries section below for more information).

Best use: High-drain devices (e.g. digital cameras, flash units) or devices that experience prolonged or continuous use (e.g. GPS receivers). Not recommended for items that are rarely used or infrequently inspected, such as smoke detectors or a flashlight in an emergency kit.


Delivers energy capacity at a more constant rate (technically, a flatter discharge rate) than single-use batteries—for example, the light from a headlamp using alkaline batteries starts brightly and progressively grows dimmer. With NiMHs, the light level remains stable due to the steady voltage delivered by rechargeable batteries.
Delivers substantially more current (electron flow) than an alkaline battery, boosting its performance when servicing high-drain devices.
No measurable "memory effect" (this is when a battery tends to “remember” to only store the amount of energy it delivered during its most recent discharge).
Performs reasonably well in colder weather.
Better long-term value than single-use batteries.

Fairly fast rate of "self-discharge" (loss of power when not in use)—idle NiMH batteries may lose between 1 and 5 percent of their stored power in a day, between 30 and 40 percent in a month (and potentially more in warm conditions).
Moderately expensive initially.
Must be charged before first use.
Should be charged every 1–2 months.
Energy capacity declines by 10–15 percent after 100-plus recharges.
Performance may diminish if dropped or handled roughly.
Volts: 1.2 (steady voltage is generally sustained throughout a cycle, dropping to 1.1 before a charging cycle is complete).

Estimated number of recharging cycles: 150–500

Self-discharge rate: Loses 1 percent (or more) of stored power per day, roughly 40 percent per month.

Storage: Store fully charged at 60°F/15.5°C.


Higher capacity batteries will power a device for longer. The capacity of NiMH batteries is presented as milliamp hours (mAh). Look on the batteries themselves or the packaging to find the mAh rating.
Can be recharged at any time, no matter what level of energy capacity they retain.
For best performance, recharge whenever energy capacity drops 30- to 50-percent below its peak capacity.
To begin a prolonged period of storage, all NiMH batteries first should be fully recharged.
If left unused for long stretches, recharge standard NiMH batteries every 1–2 months.

Rechargeable Precharged Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries
Also called "hybrid," "ready-to-use" or "low self-discharge" batteries, these NiMH batteries come precharged in their package so they are ready for action. They offer a very low self-discharge rate (power loss when not in use), which makes them very popular in the rechargeable category for cylindrical batteries (AAA, AA, C and D cells). For these reasons, precharged NiMH batteries have for the most part replaced standard, non-precharged NiMH batteries.

Best use: High-drain devices (eg. digital cameras, flash units) or moderate-drain devices that experience prolonged or continuous use (e.g. GPS receivers, headlamps). Its lower self-discharge rate also makes it suitable for some low-drain devices, like clocks and TV remotes.

Pros: Same as standard NiMH, plus:

Can go straight from the package and into your device.
Much lower self-discharge rate than standard NiMH batteries (making this design an excellent choice for headlamps or any device that may be actively used for a week, then left untouched for months).

Moderately expensive initially.
Should be charged every 6–9 months.
Energy capacity declines by 10- to 15-percent after a few hundred recharges.
Volts: 1.2 (steady voltage is generally sustained throughout a cycle).

Estimated number of recharging cycles: approximately 150–500

Self-discharge rate: Much better than standard NiMH batteries, roughly 10–20 percent over 6 months.

Storage: Store fully charged at 60°F/15.5°C.


Higher capacity batteries will power a device for longer. The capacity of NiMH batteries is presented as milliamp hours (mAh). Look on the batteries themselves or the packaging to find the mAh rating.
Can be recharged at any time, no matter what level of energy capacity they retain.
To begin a prolonged period of storage, all NiMH batteries first should be fully recharged.
If left unused for long stretches, recharge precharged NiMH batteries every 6–9 months.

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries today are more commonly found in the form of a slab, block or battery-pack rather than in the cylindrical shape of AAA, AA, C or D. They are used extensively in smartphones, digital cameras, computers and other consumer electronics.

Best use: Notebook computers, smartphones, GPS sport watches, portable power devices, some bike lights.


Offers the lowest self-discharge rate (less than 10 percent in a month) of any rechargeable battery.
High estimated number of recharging cycles (500–1,000+).

More expensive.
Even if left unused, is negatively impacted by age.
Volts: 3.6 (with some variations).

Estimated number of recharging cycles: 500–1,000+.

Self-discharge rate: Very low, but age is the enemy of Li-ion batteries. Even if unused, the simple passage of time robs them of some energy capacity. The quantity of the loss varies according to the size and configuration of the battery.

Storage: Store at roughly 60°F/15.5°C, either fully charged or at 50 percent of capacity (opinions vary on this topic).


Recharge often, even if only a modest amount of energy has been drained.
Avoid fully exhausting a Li-ion before recharging. Doing so won't ruin a Li-ion, but it is not viewed as a recommended practice.
More charging cycles can be achieved if a Li-ion battery is recharged after shallow discharges (roughly 30 percent of capacity, which can be determined on devices that offer an energy capacity indicator or battery "fuel gauge"). If possible, avoid scheduling recharges after medium (50 percent) or full (90–100 percent) discharges.
Battery Tips
To get the most out of your batteries, follow these tips when possible:

All batteries, even those designed to handle extreme temperatures, can experience a decline in performance when exposed to high or low temperatures. For hikers, climbers, skiers and other outdoor recreationalists, cold temps are often the biggest challenge. To limit the effects that the cold has on battery power, try to keep your device warm. You can do this by keeping your headlamp, smartphone, GPS or other gadget somewhere close to your body.
Do not attempt to simultaneously recharge batteries of different capacities, different brands or different ages. Do not use batteries of different brands or different ages together.
Remove batteries from devices if they will be left unused for months at a time. This prevents a device from exerting a tiny drain on the batteries even though the device is inactive.
Remove single-use (nonrechargeable) batteries from a device when they are being powered by household AC current. Doing so spares the batteries from any tiny drain on their power reserves by the device.
Do not store batteries, particularly single-use batteries, in locations where heat can become intense, such as car trunks, attics or garages.
Avoid tossing batteries into a drawer, briefcase or bag where they may contact metal objects such as coins or paper clips. Doing so may cause a short or it could negatively affect a battery's polarity.
Never put batteries into a fire. Doing so could cause them to rupture and spill their contents. Also: Avoid tossing them into a metal container where heat could build up.

There are many battery-related business owners who want to import AGM batteries directly from China. But they always worry about various problems, such as “whether the quality will be bad?”, “Will there be a fraud?”, “Is the import process very complicated?”. In the end, they never have a try.
According to this post, you can avoid the above problems, and find your long-term supplier. Then you will have a greater competitive advantage and profit.

The actual AGM battery type?
What is AGM Battery?
AGM battery is the lead-acid battery using AGM(absorbed glass mat) as separators. It is maintenance-free, it is safer, it is excellent in deep discharge and high current. (You can also check in Wikipedia for more information, the web link is

AGM batteries are mainly for two purposes, one is as a deep cycle battery for energy storage, such as solar and other renewable industries, UPS backup power, telecom base stations, or backup power for security systems. The other is as a high-current starter battery, such as automotive batteries, because of the high contact of AGM separator. The main function is to start the engine with an instant high current.

Which type of AGM battery do you actually need?
Depending on your market and industry. If you are in the solar business, you will need deep cycle AGM batteries. SYNERTAC deep cycle AGM battery is a good choice, please click here for more information.

The demand for batteries will be different from industry to industry.

Can you import AGM batteries from China?
Small Order Import
For a first import, any quantity is fine. Find the right supplier, they will provide a solution according to your requirements. Although some suppliers do not support small quantities, it only means that they are not the right supplier for you. You can keep looking and find the right supplier. There are quality suppliers that support small businesses, growing quickly with a good reputation and service.

Local Policy
Get a good customs agent (shipping agent – such as CNXtrans) to check if you are able to import AGM batteries into your country. Some countries may have different policies for specific goods. You can also check with your supplier if they have a history of exporting to your country, then there shall be no problem.

Sea shipping is recommended rather than air. AGM batteries are not quite allowed for planes. They are battery type cargo, very heavy, so very expensive. For small batteries such as 12V7Ah/6-FM-7, there are ways to ship them by air. You can try it for samples, but still not recommended for bulk orders because of the huge expenses.
Evaluation of the suppliers
Production experience
A longer history of AGM battery production means more experience and less possibility of quality issues. Because most of the problems have already occurred in the past and were solved by technical or process improvements. For example, the raw material of AGM, after continuous improvement, has increased the puncture resistance, which can greatly reduce the possibility of a short-circuit inside the battery.
Battery Quality Level
If the supplier generally exports to Europe or the United States, their batteries should be qualified. If they mainly export to Africa, you should consider whether the quality meets your requirements.

Export experience
If the supplier has experience in exporting to countries with similar requirements to yours, the supplier will be familiar with the whole process of the oversea order and tell the matters you may need to be aware of, which will save you from unexpected issues later on.

Certificates are based on your local market demand.

In my experience, if personal use, most do not need a certificate. If you are bidding for projects, there are specific certificate requirements.

The relevant certificates are CE (Europe) UL (USA) IEC, etc.

Delivery time
The production time is always about one month. If you are in an urgent condition, the production time of regular AGM battery models can be shortened to around 20 days in the non-peak season.

Quality Inspection System
For any business, quality is the most critical matter. Failure in quality will lead to loss of customers and damage to reputation.

A good supplier should have created a traceable quality control system of the raw materials, production process, and finished product inspection.

Give our China Warehouse Address to your suppliers in China for them to send your goods to for International Shipping

Shipping Batteries Internationally from China

Shipping Batteries Internationally from China

When buying batteries from China, manufacturers, factories and suppliers will generally ask you for a shipping agent like CNXtrans to help you with handling the international shipping from China.

They can then have your batteries sent to your shipping agent’s warehouse in China where they will store, consolidate and handle the international shipping for you.

How CNXtrans can help you with shipping batteries internationally from China

When shipping batteries internationally from China, there are 3 shipping modes that CNXtrans can use to ship for you.

Shipping by Air: CNXtrans can help you with shipping your batteries internationally from China by air. Air shipping is generally the fastest mode of shipping. Air courier shipments will be shipped all the way to your address. Depending on which country you are shipping to, air courier shipping generally takes only about 4-6 days. Another alternative is to ship by air freight. Air freight shipments can either shipped to an airport near you or all the way to your address. Air freight shipments can generally take about 8-12 days.

Shipping by Sea: CNXtrans can help you with shipping your batteries internationally from China by sea freight. Sea freight shipment is the most cost effective shipping mode for large shipments. For many countries, sea freight shipments can either by shipped to port or all the way to your address (door to door). When shipping a large volume of batteries internationally from China, sea freight would be the best shipping mode to use in most cases.

Shipping by Train: CNXtrans can help you with shipping your batteries internationally from China by train (rail freight). When shipping to EU countries, rail freight is one of the most cost effective shipping modes for large shipments. For shipping by rail freight to EU countries, CNXtrans can ship all the way to your address in Europe (full door to door shipping). When shipping a large volume of batteries internationally from China, rail freight would be one of the best shipping modes to use.

Give our China Warehouse Address to your suppliers in China for them to send your goods to for International Shipping

Shipping Batteries Internationally from China
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