Transport of batteries

 

The transport of lithium batteries is included in the transport of dangerous goods category. Read carefully our recommendations and rules.

The transport of one lithium battery on your flight depends on:

 

  • The configuration and watt-hour capacity (Wh), in the case of rechargeable batteries
  • Or the lithium content (LC), in the case of non-rechargeable batteries.

 

Conditions of Transport

The batteries must be transported as follows:

  • The terminals of batteries must be protected against short circuits.
  • The batteries must be transported in their original package, or insulated by applying tape to the terminals, or placed individually in separate plastic bags.
  • Replacement batteries cannot be packed in checked baggage.
  • When transported inside equipment (laptops, cameras, mobile phones, etc.), they must be turned off and prevented from being accidentally turned on while in checked baggage.

Find out about the rules for other batteries:

  • These may spill and are therefore considered dangerous cargo, although they may be transported.
  • The airline must be notified in advance to ensure that the handling requirements are in accordance with the regulations.
  • They may be transported as cargo.

Dry cell batteries:

  • These are non-spillable batteries and are not considered to be dangerous items.
  • They must be thoroughly tested before a manufacturer can label the battery as dry and/or non-spillable.
  • They are not accepted as checked baggage.

Different types of lithium ion batteries

  • Small batteries include mobile phone batteries, watch batteries, MP3 batteries and most original laptop computer batteries. The maximum capacity of this type of battery is 100 watt-hours (Wh).
  • Medium-size batteries include larger batteries, such as some long-lasting laptop computer batteries and those used in professional audiovisual equipment. A medium-size battery can provide 100 to 160 watt-hours of energy.
  • Large lithium ion batteries are for industrial use. A large rechargeable battery generates over 160 watt-hours of energy. This type of battery can be used to power electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as mobility devices and motorcycles.