Lithium batteries

Transport of lithium batteries is limited and depends on whether or not the battery is installed in equipment or carried as a spare.

When checking a battery installed in a laptop computer, camera, mobile telephone or similar equipment, you must disconnect the battery and take special measures to ensure it cannot be accidentally activated.

You must cover the terminals of all spare batteries carried in hand baggage in order to avoid short circuit. Use the original packaging, cover terminals or use individual plastic bags for each battery.

TYPES OF LITHIUM BATTERIES

Transport of lithium batteries depends on whether or not they are installed in equipment and on their watt hours (Wh) (for rechargeable batteries) or their lithium content (LC, in grammes) (for non-rechargeable batteries).

 

Lithium batteriesCapacity (1)ConfigurationHand baggageChecked baggage

Small batteries

Equal to or less than 100 Wh or (2 g)

Installed in equipment

Yes

Yes

Spare

Yes (no limit)

No

Medium batteries

>100 Wh to 160 Wh

Installed in equipment

Yes

Yes

Spare

Yes (up to 2)

No

Large batteries

Must be packaged and transported in the aircraft hold, in accordance with IATA regulations on the transport of dangerous goods