TSA Lithium Battery Restrictions

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by zephyrnoid, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. zephyrnoid macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2008
    Geneva Switzerland
    RE: TSA Lithium Battery Restrictions
    Anyone have any observations to make on this issue?
    Has it been discussed before?
    safetravel.dot.gov/larger_batt.html :mad:
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    You can carry up to two spare batteries in your carry-on luggage, plus one installed on the device it powers. If that doesn't allow for enough, FedEx the others to yourself at your destination. I use FedEx to transport most of my equipment to location gigs ... much more reliable than the airlines.


    from http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html

    Effective January 1, 2008, you may not pack spare lithium batteries in your checked baggage.

    You may pack spare lithium batteries in your carry-on baggage. Please see our Spare Battery Tips and How-To sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!

    If you pack a device containing batteries, secure it against activation by locking the activation switch in the "off" position, placing the device in a protective case, or by other appropriate measures.

    For personal use, there is generally no restriction on the number of spare batteries allowed in carry-on baggage. This is the case for cell phone batteries, "hearing aid" button cells, and AA batteries/AAA batteries available in retail stores, as well as almost all standard laptop computer batteries.

    See "Larger Batteries" to find out about more powerful batteries, such as extended-life "universal batteries" and batteries designed for professional audio-visual applications.

    There are additional rules just for larger lithium ion and lithium metal batteries. What are "Larger" lithium ion batteries? What are "Larger" lithium metal batteries?

    Lithium metal batteries are non-rechargeable batteries you discard once they are depleted. Larger lithium metal batteries contain over 2 grams of lithium, and are forbidden.

    Most consumer lithium metal batteries such as AA, AAA, and CR-123A sizes, do not fall into the "Larger" category. Just follow the Basic rules.
    Lithium ion batteries are the rechargeable batteries used in computers, cell phones, and other devices. "Larger" lithium ion batteries are rated between 100 and 300 watt-hours (8-25 g equivalent lithium content, or ELC.) Examples of these larger lithium ion batteries are pictured in the box below.
    If you are not sure whether your battery is a larger lithium ion battery, contact the battery's manufacturer, or call the PHMSA Hazardous Materials Info-Center at 1-800-467-4922.

    Examples of larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 but not more than 25 grams of equivalent lithium content (ELC):*

    160 watt-hour lithium ion battery for professional audio/visual equipment 130 watt-hour"universal" lithium ion battery
    * Equivalent Lithium Content (ELC) of 8 grams is about 100 watt-hours. ELC of 25 grams is about 300 watt-hours.

    You are allowed one larger lithium ion battery installed in a device, plus up to 2 spare larger lithium ion batteries. These are in addition to any smaller lithium ion batteries. For smaller lithium ion batteries, just follow the Basic rules.

    Lithium ion batteries rated over 300 watt-hours (25 g ELC) are forbidden.

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