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Fly High, Fly Safe: Understanding the Air Travel Rules for Power Banks
Discover why power banks are a no-go in checked luggage and learn the rules for carrying them onboard. Fly safe with your gadgets!
Picture this: you're at the airport, bags packed, ready to jet off to your next adventure. You're humming along to the latest Dua Lipa hit as you check in your luggage, feeling like a lead character in a Netflix show.
But then, reality hits - you're told you can't check in your luggage because you've got a power bank in there.
Time to pull everything out and hand over your (potentially expensive) tech to never get it back.
This rule, which might feel like an annoying plot twist, is actually a super important safety measure, and if you understand why, you'll always remember to never pack it in your bags again.
To put it simply, power banks – essentially lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries – can malfunction and cause fires or even explosions.
Think of it as the "Stranger Things" Upside Down version of your favorite gadget.
And trust us, you don't want a fire breaking out in the plane's storage area.
Don't believe us? Let's take a quick trip down memory lane.
A Quick History of Batteries and Air Travel
Remember the UPS plane crash in Dubai in 2010?
The tragic event was caused by a fire that possibly started due to Li-ion batteries.
Fast forward to 2013, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire at Heathrow Airport due to a Li-ion backup battery.
Fast forward again to 2018, a fire started aboard a Delta Airlines flight due to a Li-ion battery in a passenger's checked baggage.
These are just a few examples, but the FAA has reported a staggering number of such incidents.
You might be thinking, "Alright, I get it; no power banks in checked baggage. But what about carry-on luggage?"
Good news! You can bring power banks in your carry-on. But, just like with the Infinity Stones, there are rules you need to know.
Which Power Banks Can I Take with My Carry On?
The maximum battery capacity you can take is 100Wh, or roughly 27000mAh.
But you can only take a maximum of two, which means two 50Wh power banks or one 100Wh power bank.
To take a battery between 100Wh and 160Wh, you need a special permit before the flight.
Anything over 160Wh is strictly not allowed.
And while we're on the subject, here are a few tips.
● Store power banks in dedicated cases. No jumbling with keys or other devices.
● Keep them powered off during the flight.
● Make sure the capacity is clearly printed on them, or have the user manual handy.
In conclusion, while we're all living for the day when battery technology evolves and we can safely pack power banks in checked baggage, that day is not today.
So, let's follow the rules, be responsible for our own safety, and ensure our flying experience is more "La La Land" and less "Final Destination."
Oh, and one last thing: Veger urges everyone to follow these safety norms.
Even though all Veger power banks products are flight safe (and of exceptional quality 😉), it's still best to carry their power banks in your carry-on bags.
So, next time you're at the airport, remember these tips and have a safe, power-packed journey!