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Come fly with me…but don’t check me in!

Regulations for travelling with portable chargers

 

Planning on a holiday? Then you’ll probably want to pack the essentials, including your portable charger. 

The IATA (International Air Transport Association) have recently released guidance on travelling with Lithium-Ion Batteries, including Li-Polymer batteries. As Li-Polymer is often the technology of choice for portable chargers (including the Iceworks range) due to its portability, reliability and lasting power, this will likely apply to your power bank.

“The rationale is to ensure the 100% safety of all passengers”

The IATA’s guidance as of 1 April 2016 states that lithium-ion batteries that are not part of a larger piece of equipment “are forbidden for transport as cargo on passenger aircraft”. The rationale for this regulation is to ensure 100% safety of all passengers. Whilst many branded power banks such as Iceworks have been tested and certified for use, there have been instances of unbranded models posing risks, just as when dealing with any electronic, charge-bearing device. Power banks stored in cargo (in a suitcase) are ultimately left unattended, whereas keeping them with their owners reduces the risk of hazard.

In addition, travel guidelines also prescribe limits on the capacity of batteries, distinguishing between 100Wh (20,000 mAh), 160Wh (32,000 mAh) and 160Wh+. Using British Airways’ guidelines as an example, we break down the requirements for you below:

 

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So what’s the bottom line?

If you don’t want to leave your portable charger behind, keep it with you in the passenger cabin and don’t pack it in your check-in baggage!