SIMRAD EPIRBs are relatively new in the Australian market and are distributed by Navico who are located in Tweed Heads, NSW.
Lithium batteries are inherently dangerous if not completely discharged. A beacon that has reached its battery replacement date will still have charge in the battery.
Batteries should be handled carefully and not subjected to flame or cutting tools.
Be careful not to short circuit the battery terminals as rapid discharge of Lithium batteries can result in overheating of the batteries, rupture and even explosion.
The EP50 is the standard version of this EPIRB whilst the EG50 has a built-in GPS receiver. Because of the complexity of disabling these types of beacons, it is recommended that they be taken to a disposal point, taking care not to activate them in the process.
Dispose of the beacon by placing it in the collection boxes available at any Battery World outlet or through collection at points advised on your local State Marine Safety Authority Website.