Traveling with your Li-ion Batteries

There’s no better way to travel long distances than by plane, however, dealing with luggage can be a nightmare. This is especially true for professionals carrying cameras, lenses, lights and batteries. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) decides what items may be transported and where they are stored on aircraft. With Li-ion batteries becoming the preferred battery for professional use On Top has looked into the rules regarding their transport aboard aircraft.

 

First off, unless you enjoy paying fines don’t even think about putting Li-ion batteries in your checked luggage. All Li-ion batteries must be in your carry-on luggage. Quantity limits: None for most batteries – but batteries must be for use by the passenger. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at plane side, all spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. Battery terminals (usually the ends) must be protected from short circuit (i.e., the terminals must not come in contact with other metal). Methods include: leaving the batteries in their retail packaging, covering battery terminals with tape, using a battery case, using a battery sleeve in a camera bag, or putting them snugly in a plastic bag or protective pouch.

The TSA limits not only the size of the toothpaste you can bring aboard but your batteries as well. Each passenger is permitted to carry rechargeable Li-ion batteries which have a maximum Li-ion content of 8 grams or 100watt hours. This would include On Top’s BV95HD MINI produced by Blueshape. The TSA allows two larger rechargeable Li-ion batteries with a maximum Li-ion content of 25 grams or 160 watt hours. This would include On Top’s BV145HD MINI produced by Blueshape. Batteries carried for further sale or distribution (vendor samples, etc.) are prohibited.

Lithium batteries recalled by the manufacturer/vendor must not be carried aboard aircraft or packed in baggage. The FAA and your airline may offer further public guidance on individual recalled products. In the US, product recall information is available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/. Remember when you were allowed to wear your shoes, belts and ball caps when checking thru security? Things change, so it would be best to check with TSA before your flights for any updates or changes at: https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/more_info/?hazmat=7.

Here at On Top we strive to provide the most updated and useful information to help you be the best professional in the industry. Please feel free to comment or contact us with any questions, thanks.

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Bill Cranson

Bill Cranson

Thanks for posting this information, I’m headed overseas for a job and wil let you know of any updates.

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