Anuj - July 10 2022

Power Banks on Planes: Everything You Need to Know

with the ever-growing use of electronic devices, it's no wonder that power banks have become a necessary item for many travelers. But what about using them on planes? Are they safe? Can you bring them in your carry-on or checked baggage? For years we've been told so many things about taking electronics on planes, but today, we're exploring exactly how this affects power banks in the air.

Can you take your powerbank on a plane?

Yes, but also no.

The TSA has not outright banned power banks in your carry-on or checked baggage, but they have issued a statement saying that you should "pack them in carry-on bags."

This is because power banks can overheat and cause fires, which is an obviously dangerous situation at 30,000 feet. This is a danger because power banks are classified as lithium-ion batteries, known to overheat and catch fire if damaged or defective.

When stored in checked luggage, also known as being stored in the cargo hold of a plane, this could cause an undetected fire and could quickly lead to a catastrophic event.
In carry-on luggage, the powerbanks are kept in a temperate, pressurized cabin, ensuring that the risk of this happening is at a minimum, just like keeping it in your own room at home.

What are the rules for taking a powerbank on a flight?
The TSA's official stance is that you can bring a power bank in your carry-on or checked baggage, but they recommend packing them in your carry-on. There are also some core rules to think about in terms of power.

While these rules vary from airline to airline, as a rule of thumb, you're allowed to take a powerbank that's registered at less than 100Wh (or less than 27000mAh) without any need for approval or declaration. If the powerbank sits between 100Wh and 160Wh, you'll need to declare it and acquire the approval of the airline, and most powerbanks over 160Wh will not be allowed onboard without special permission.

Here’s the formula to calculate Wh:
(mAh)/1000 x (V) = (Wh)

You must also not take more than two powerbanks per person.

The best thing to do before you fly is to check with the airlines you're flying with that your powerbanks will be allowed. If not, and you need special permission, simply contact the customer support team of the airline, and they'll be able to guide you through their approval process.

Choosing a Fly-Safe Powerbank

If you're planning on flying and want to take a powerbank with you, the best thing you can do is simply to save yourself the hassle with a Fly-Safe Powerbank from Veger. Within the inventory, you'll find a range of fly-safe battery packs clocking in at 10,000mAh or a larger 20,000mAh battery that's suitable for charging laptops on the go.

However, and most importantly, both of these are Fly-Safe and won't need declarations or airline approvals. Simply charge it up, pop it in your carry-on luggage, and you'll be good to go, no questions asked!

So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about taking powerbanks on planes. Be sure to check with the airlines before you fly, and invest in a Fly-Safe Powerbank from Veger to make your life that much easier. 

Safe travels!