IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

Unsolicited Phone Calls

Planning

Batteries

Domestic and International

Batteries may be dangerous if NOT carried in an appropriate manner.

They pose a unique hazard during transport because they contain stored energy, which if released through a short circuit is capable of causing a fire, or thermal runway, in the instance of lithium batteries.

Whether a battery can be carried or not depends on its configuration and the energy it produces, which is measured in either:

- a Watt-hour (WH) rating;
- Lithium Content in grams (g); or
- Voltage reading (V) measurement depending on the type of battery.

To determine Watt Hours for lithium batteries when only Volt and Amps are displayed on the battery, use the following formula to determine Wh rating:

Watt hours (Wh) = Voltage (v) x Amps (Ah)

This is intended as informal guidance material only.

Type Common Use Configuration Cabin Baggage Checked In

Dry Alkaline Batteries

Maximum voltage permitted - 12v

Battery examples:
AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt and button sized cells

Common Devices:
Typically used in toys and portable electronic devices.
 

In equipment
Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

AllowedAllowed

Spares
Protected against short circuit by:
- placing in its original retail packaging;
- insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals; or
- placing each battery in a separate bag or protective pouch.
 

Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only. 

AllowedNot allowed

Dry Rechargeable Batteries

Batteries must be 100Wh or less.

Battery examples:
- Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
- Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)
 

Common Devices:
Portable electronic devices, power tools, remote control vehicles, etc.
 

In equipment
Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

Allowed

 

Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

Spares
Protected by short circuit by:
- placing in its original retail packaging;
- insulating terminals, e.g. by taping overexposed terminals; or
- placing each battery in a separate bag or protective pouch.

Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

AllowedNot allowed

Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (Non-spillable only)

Batteries must be 12v or less and 100Wh or less.

The battery must not contain any free or unabsorbed liquid.

Battery examples:
- Gel type
- AGM (Absorbed Glass Matt)

Common Devices:
Mobility devices, news camera lighting, children's toy vehicles, uninterrupted power sources for computer back-up.

In equipment
Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.
 Allowed Allowed

Spares
Protected against short circuit by:
- placing in its original retail packaging;
- insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals; or
- placing each battery in a separate bag or protective pouch.

Limit of two spares only.

 Allowed Not allowed

Lithium metal (non-rechargeable)

Batteries must be 2g or less.

Battery examples:
AA, AAA sized cells

Common Devices:
Cameras, watches, portable music players, etc.
 

In equipment
Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

Allowed

 

Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

Spares
Protected against short circuit by:
- placing in its original retail packaging;
- insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals; or
- placing each battery in a separate bag or protective pouch.
 

AllowedNot allowed

Lithium-ion (rechargeable)

For batteries between 1 to 100Wh.

Battery expamples:
AA, AAA sized cells

Common Devices:
Small lithium batteries and cells for mobile phones, cameras, portable music players, laptop computers, etc.

In equipment
Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

Allowed

 

Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

Spares
Protected by short circuit by:
- placing in its original retail packaging;
- insulating terminals, e.g. by taping overexposed terminals; or
- placing each battery in a separate bag or protective pouch.

Limited to carrying a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

AllowedNot allowed

Lithium-ion (rechargeable)

For batteries between 101Wh to 160Wh.

Common Devices:
Commercial camera and video equipment, power tools.
 

In equipment
Limited to carry a reasonable amount needed for personal use only.

 Allowed

 

 Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

Spares
Protected against short circuit by:
- placing in its original retail packaging;
- insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals; or
- placing each battery in a separate bag or protective pouch.

Limit of two spares only.

 Approved Not allowed

 

Lithium-ion/metal 

Batteries exceeding 
160Wh or above 2g
lithium content
(C size and above)

 

 

Common Devices:
Electric bicycles, Segways, electric vehicle battery packs.

 

Must be carried only as cargo/freight in accordance with Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Electronic wheelchair and mobility devices excluded.