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How to carry rechargeable lithium batteries on the plane

by:dcfpower     2021-03-17

Two types of lithium ion (Lion) and lithium polymer (Lipo) batteries dominate the consumer electronics market. They are usually used to power various devices, including computers, cameras and even drones. They are usually placed by passengers In checked baggage or carry-on baggage. Airlines and airline regulatory agencies have detailed requirements for what is allowed for inspection or baggage. Passengers who do not know these rules may be forced to leave one or more batteries behind. The backup battery must be protected from damage and short circuit. Battery-powered equipment should be protected from accidental opening.

Rechargeable batteries are allowed in hand luggage.

Dry cell rechargeable batteries, such as nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel cadmium (NiCad). These types of batteries are similar to those used in flashlights or ordinary electronic devices that are allowed on airplanes. These types of batteries should be installed in the equipment, or in a safe packaging, such as the store’s original packaging. If they are loose batteries, Xiaoge recommends that you can protect the terminals from short circuits by putting them in a separate sealable plastic bag, or by using tape or other types of coverings on the battery terminals to protect the terminals from short circuits, so that you can carry them safely carry.

Some lithium-ion batteries (including rechargeable lithium batteries, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium batteries) can also be used, but there are some restrictions: passengers can carry consumer-sized lithium-ion batteries, each The lithium content of each battery does not exceed 8 grams or 100 watt-hours (Wh). This size includes AA, AAA, 9 volts, cell phones, PDAs, cameras, handheld game consoles, standard laptop batteries, camera batteries and many drone batteries. Passengers can also carry two larger lithium-ion batteries, each of which contains 8 to 25 grams of lithium in their carry-on luggage. This size covers a longer-life notebook battery.

Only carry the battery in the handbag.

Spare rechargeable batteries Spare rechargeable batteries of any size are not allowed in checked baggage. The rechargeable battery installed in the device may be included in the checked baggage. All backup batteries must be protected from damage or potential short circuits. Usually, the original packaging, packaging designed to carry rechargeable batteries or other insulating materials will provide adequate protection. At least pack spare batteries so that the battery terminals cannot touch other batteries or metal objects such as coins, keys or jewelry.

The capacity limit of rechargeable batteries allows

Rechargeable batteries reach a certain limit. The key is to ensure that the battery's watt-hour (Wh) rating is lower than the standards allowed by the FAA and our airline at the time. Watt hour is defined as the product of battery voltage (V) and ampere hour (Ah) rating. This value is usually provided by the manufacturer. The Federal Aviation Administration allows the use of batteries with a rating of 160 or lower, but batteries with a rating of 101 to 160 can only be flown with the approval of the airline flying at the time. Up to 100 Wh and installed in the device: it is allowed to be carried in a checked baggage bag. The key exception is the battery in e-cigarettes or vaporizers, devices that are not allowed in checked baggage. From 101 to 100 Wh and installed in the equipment: the approval of the airline must be obtained first.

Rechargeable battery safety tips

Please turn off the rechargeable battery during flight and take measures to prevent accidental activation. (For example, you can set the switch to the 'off' position.) Install spare batteries and batteries in equipment that will not be used in flight. The power is below the fully charged state, and it is best not to exceed 30% of its maximum capacity. In addition, do not carry a bad battery on the plane. Avoid squeezing, puncturing, or applying high voltage to any battery, as this may cause an internal short circuit, which can lead to overheating.

Related information: Knowledge about rechargeable batteries How to use Ni-MH rechargeable batteries correctly

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