oh I nearly forgot:
Although I see the irony in having batteries sent from a factory in the uk, to australia, just to be sent back to the uk; I'd still rather do it that way.
Previous attempts at getting these batteries started to get really complex etc, and I'd like to keep it rather simple where they all get delivered to me then I'll distribute the one's I don't need.
Also, with previous group buy attempts everyone had to prepay and someone had to be selected to organise it all etc, and I suppose people were willing to throw a few hundred at something with the trust that it's gonna be ok, etc.
As this is gonna cost me a few grand, I don't want to be in the position where something is lost, etc. with me losing out on some bigger money.
By having them all delivered to me first I'm avoiding being in a position where I can blame anyone for anything, and I'd feel much more comfortable with it that way. I hope I'm not offending anyone by this, and I greatly appreciate the offers of help from the uk, and at the same time graciously decline them.
ps. Oh by the way, I've read in a datasheet that they do have to be labeled 'class 9 hazardous' for transport, but can be transported via sea with nothing special other than a label stating that it's hazardous.
Also, as they will come in one massive pack to me, the shipping should be pretty small compared to the purchase price anyway, but if you guys in the uk wanna save on postage me to you, once they're here if you guys wanna organise someone in the uk to receive a bunch of them at one adress (if you live nearby etc), I don't mind so that way you guys can save on postage etc.
anyhow, getting closer to the 12th july I will be contacting them to get order form etc, and will keep you guys posted about the progress... seems like a bit of 'hurry up and wait' thing, as after the order is made it's a lead time of 8-12weeks.
so now we play the waiting game....