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Battery Transportation

Revised April 2024

Safe Transportation of Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in a great number of devices commonly found in society, spanning the range from personal electric devices to personal medical devices to power tools.

Generally, most consumer personal electronic devices are allowed to be carried on to an airplane, such as cell phones, laptops and tablets, gaming consoles, and cameras. Additionally, some uninstalled, or spare, batteries not exceeding 100Wh for these devices may be carried on, provided steps are taken to prevent short circuit. These devices are also generally allowed to be placed in checked baggage, however, the battery MUST be installed in the device and the device MUST be packed to prevent it from turning "on" during the flight. Uninstalled batteries are NOT allowed to be placed in checked bags.

To help ensure the safety of the traveling public, the U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") has published information to inform the travelers about the importance of properly packing and handling batteries and battery-powered devices when they are carried aboard passenger aircraft. The publications include information intended to assist passengers in understanding and complying with applicable Federal Regulations when traveling with these products, including:

  • Types of batteries allowed on carry-on baggage
  • Types of batteries allowed to be in checked baggage
  • How to determine a battery's watt-hour (Wh) rating
  • Limits regarding how many batteries can be carried onto an airplane
  • Examples of how to provide short circuit protection

The Federal Aviation Administration also reminds passengers that spare (uninstalled) lithium metal and lithium ion batteries are always prohibited in checked baggage and must be placed in carry-on. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, any spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.

The Power Tool Institute encourages passengers traveling with batteries or battery-powered devices, to comply with these regulations. The DOT publications regarding traveling with batteries or battery-powered devices can be found on the DOT website at and PackSafe for Passengers | Federal Aviation Administration (

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