What You Need to Know About Traveling With Lithium Ion Batteries

The vast majority of batteries for cameras, computers, and other devices are lithium ion, and the government has very strict regulations on how you can travel with them. If you are headed somewhere soon, check out this helpful video that breaks down what you need to know about traveling with such batteries safely so you can avoid any hassles at the airport. 

Coming to you from Jay P Morgan with The Slanted Lens, this great video details how to travel with lithium ion batteries. As we start to see a light at the end of pandemic tunnel and air travel begins to pick up again, a lot of us will be itching to fly somewhere, which of course means bringing along a lot of batteries for our laptops, cameras, and more. As tempting as it might be to stow extra batteries in your checked baggage, it is incredibly important that you follow the regulations. Battery fires can be particularly violent, and fires in a plane's cargo hold are notoriously hard to fight. In fact, it was a lithium battery fire in the cargo hold that brought down UPS Flight 6 in 2010, killing both pilots. Check out the video above for a helpful breakdown of how to travel with your batteries from Morgan. 

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Mutley Dastardly's picture

Thank you for the overview - it contains lots of useful information.

Andrew Ptak's picture

I listened more than once about where to downlaod the Media Badge template and couldn't understand what he aid. anyone catch it?

sam dasso's picture

Basically he tells you to make a fake badge with the information corresponding to your business card and your picture on it There are bunch of templates available for badges.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

This video came in handy last month (this video re-uploaded for some reason). I flew recently and I was pretty anxious about all the batteries I brought. I taped the contacts with yellow electrical tape and placed them in a ziplock bag. All I was imagining in my head when going through the TSA checkpoint, "Sir, please follow me...". It actually went pretty smoothly.