Carriage of Lithium Battery

The abundant stored energy that makes lithium batteries practical also makes them dangerous when not carried properly. There are limits to the lithium batteries you can carry on board an aircraft.

Lithium batteries are two general types: Lithium Ion (Rechargeable) and Lithium Metal (Non-rechargeable). The terminals on spare batteries must be protected to prevent short circuiting. Methods include taping the terminals, putting batteries individually into plastic bags or using the original battery packaging.

Note: All Equipments in the checked baggage must be securely turned OFF

Battery Type Batteries Carry-on Baggage Checked Baggage Number of Spares & Protection
Small Rechargeable & Small Non-rechargeable (up to 100Wh/up to 2g lithium) as used in:

  • Cameras
  • Mobile phones/iPods
  • Laptops/iPads
  • MP3 Players
  • Watches
In equipment Yes, but recommended in your carry-on baggage 2 pieces of laptop battery and 12 pieces of up to the equivalent size of AA batteries or the 9V square batteries. To be;

  • In original packaging Or
  • Terminals taped Or
  • Individually in plastic bags or equivalent
Spares
Medium Rechargable (i.e. greater than 100Wh and less than 160 Wh) as used in:

  • Commercial cameras
  • Video
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Some medical equipment
In equipment Yes, but recommended in your carry-on baggage Limit 2 only. To be;

  • In original packaging Or
  • Terminals taped Or
  • Individually in plastic bags or equivalent
Spares
In Medium & Large Non-rechargeable (i.e containing more than 2 grams of lithium)

  • ‘C’ size battery and above
Must be carried only as cargo/freight in accordance with the current dangerous good regulations
Large Rechargeable (i.e 160Wh and above)
All types carried Commercially

Watt hour (Wh) = Amps (Ah) x Voltage (v)
Example (14000 mAh 12 Volt) 14000/1000 (Ah) X 12 (V) = 168 Wh
Download our Lithium Battery Brochure.