+Mopar Posted January 5, 2008 Share Posted January 5, 2008 Effective January 1, 2008, the DOT and TSA now have the following rules that apply to lithium batteries on airlines: You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry-on baggage – see our spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely! Even though we recommend carrying your devices with you in carry-on baggage as well, if you must bring one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed. The following quantity limits apply to both your spare and installed batteries. The limits are expressed in grams of “equivalent lithium content.” 8 grams of equivalent lithium content is approximately 100 watt-hours. 25 grams is approximately 300 watt-hours: Under the new rules, you can bring batteries with up to 8-gram equivalent lithium content. All lithium ion batteries in cell phones are below 8 gram equivalent lithium content. Nearly all laptop computers also are below this quantity threshold. You can also bring up to two spare batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of up to 25 grams, in addition to any batteries that fall below the 8-gram threshold. Examples of two types of lithium ion batteries with equivalent lithium content over 8 grams but below 25 are shown below. For a lithium metal battery, whether installed in a device or carried as a spare, the limit on lithium content is 2 grams of lithium metal per battery. Almost all consumer-type lithium metal batteries are below 2 grams of lithium metal. But if you are unsure, contact the manufacturer! How may this relate to geocaching? Many cachers travel by airline either for business or pleasure, and we bring all our caching gear with us. Many of the electronic gadgets we tend to carry may use lithium batteries. Examples: laptop camera MP3 player cell phone pda flashlight sometimes even the GPSr itself The rules are not really confusing, but hard to follow. How many people know how many grams of lithium are contained in their laptop battery? In your PDA battery? Your iPod? I sure don't. Chances are if you aren't sure, neither will all the TSA people at airport security. Especially for the first few months you might get to security and be told you can't bring your laptop, camera or flashlight on the plane because of it's batteries. Even worse, getting to your destination only to find they've confiscated something from your checked baggage because of the batteries. Funny that I've heard no mention of this on tv or in the newspapers. When they banned bottles of water and shampoo they were all over it. TSA: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/a**.../batteries.shtm DOT: http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html Quote Link to comment
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