Almost no one goes on a trip anymore without needing some kind of power charge for their mobile device, video camera or even smart luggage. So the answer is yes, you can take along portable lithium ion batteries on a plane. If you need to travel with electric juice, here are some of the guidelines to help you get through a security check with a green light.
First off there are two types of lithium batteries, lithium Ion and metal. Lithium ion are the kind you use in a cell phone, laptop, electric suitcase and are the type that are fully rechargeable. Even though there has been recent safety concerns regarding banning the batteries, these types of batteries are safe and still allowed on planes. When handled properly and not damaged there is no risk and no problem. The important thing to remember here is that you need to remove all batteries and put them in your carry on luggage before check-in.
Here are the airline regulations from the FAA for lithium Ion batteries:
1. You may carry lithium batteries on an aircraft but it must not exceed 100 watts.
2. All batteries must be in your carry-on luggage and not your checked luggage.
3. You may use a spare battery as long as it is carried in a separate safe pouch or container.
4.Batteries must be removable from devices.
Please read our tips on how to safely pack lithium batteries. Portable electronic devices, power banks, phones and electric electric suitcases luggage generally fit in the under 100 watt category and have removable portable batteries. As a general rule, you may not bring lithium batteries on a plane if the batteries are not removable. So it’s a good idea to check your devices and remove the batteries. If they are under 100 watt, easy to remove, then you are good to go. No need to worry.
Here is what you need to do if you are traveling with more than one lithium Ion battery:
1. Place both batteries in a separate pouch or compartment in your hand luggage so neither battery can make contact.
2. Show the agent the wattage of the battery and be sure it is under 100W
3. Show that you have taken proper care to travel safely with the batteries never try to hide the fact you are traveling with batteries.
People travel everyday with lithium batteries but when taken proper care before departure, check-in goes smoothly with little trouble. During your security check, agents will check your devices to be sure your batteries are being carried safely onboard. All they will look for is that, no exposed metal contact points at the end of the battery will make contact with a second battery contact point. If two lithium batteries make direct contact on their points or the battery is broken they can potentially catch fire. Lithium Ion portable batteries do not have exposed contact points so the chance of this happening is nearly impossible.
So the two key things to take away here are; lithium batteries under 100 watts are ok to take in your carry on, and keep the spares in separate locations. Always contact your airline if you are unsure and would like more information on your airlines regulations. For more information here is the official FAA regulations regarding lithium batteries .