Planning

Batteries

Domestic and International

Batteries pose a unique hazard during air transport and are capable of causing a fire if not transported correctly. We want to assist you to avoid carrying any batteries that are prohibited at law. If your flight is to or from the United States, penalties under US Federal law include fines of up to USD250,000 and even imprisonment. Please read the information on this page and also the Safe Pack website for more information about batteries and hazardous materials.

Whether a battery can be carried or not depends on its type, configuration, the quantity and certain conditions:

  • In equipment – Securely installed in the device and the device is protected against inadvertent activation – e.g. An On/Off switch that is suitably protected and cannot be accidentally turned on.
     
  • Spare or loose batteries - Are those batteries not installed in the device, carried separately or items such as power banks/packs designed to power or back-up another device. Spare batteries must be in carry-on baggage only and must be protected against short circuit by, placing in its original retail packaging, placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch or insulating terminals by taping over exposed terminals.
  • All lithium batteries must be of a type that meets the requirements of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3. Documentation verifying this may be required.

Watch this CASA safety video to learn more about travelling with batteries.

This is intended as informal guidance material only.

Type Examples Quantities permitted Cabin Baggage Checked In

Dry Batteries

- AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt,
- Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)

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

Allowed

Allowed
Recommended in carry-on

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

Allowed Not allowed

Lithium – ion (polymer)
100Wh or less

Batteries for mobile phones, hand held devices, laptops, tablets, small power tools, video cameras, small toys

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

Allowed 



Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

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

Allowed Not allowed

Lithium – ion (polymer)
101Wh - 160Wh

 

Batteries for large camera equipment, garden tools, large drones. 

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

Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

Spares
Only two (2) spare batteries

 Allowed  Not allowed

Lithium-ion
(polymer) over 160Wh and Lithium metal over 8g 

Electric bikes, Segway’s, recreational vehicles and battery packs 

NOT PERMITTED 

Electric Wheelchair/Mobility device exemptions apply 

Lithium metal.
2g or less of lithium metal content 

Non-rechargeable batteries for watches, cameras, small toys

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

Allowed 



Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

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

Allowed Not allowed

Lithium metal 
Over 2g - 8g lithium metal content 

Medical Devices only

Not permitted to, from and within the USA

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

 Allowed 

 

Allowed
Recommend in carry-on.

Spares
Only two (2) spare batteries 

 Approved  Not allowed

Non-spillable Batteries

12v or less and 100Wh or less

Electric wheelchair and mobility device exemptions apply

Sealed Lead Acid (SLA), Gel Type and Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM)

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.

 Approved

Approved
Recommend in carry-on. 

Spares
Only two (2) spare batteries

Approved Not allowed