Lithium batteries

The transporting of lithium batteries may be limited by number and depends on whether the battery is installed in the equipment or carried as a spare.

When checking-in a battery that is installed in a laptop computer, camera, mobile telephone or another similar device, you must disconnect the battery and take special care to ensure it cannot be accidentally activated.

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

TYPES OF LITHIUM BATTERIES

The transporting of lithium batteries not only depends on whether or not they are installed in the equipment, but also 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

As a Spare

Yes (up to 2)

No

Large batteries

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