Li ion travel restrictions
Posted 28 August 2007 - 10:55 AM
I don't know if you are aware or not, but the laws (both domestic AND international) with regards to the transport of ANY/ALL li ion batteries will be changing as of January 1, 2008. These changes will affect cell phone batteries, computer battery, camera batteries, and the batteries that power your cameras. Like I mentioned, ALL batteries.
With regards to travel:
1. You will NO LONGER be able to "carry on" ANY li ion batteries that exceed the 8g of aggregate lithium content. So, any lithium ion battery which is over approximately 95wh, you cannot carry on the plane with you anymore.
2. You will be allowed to "carry on" (2) lithium ion batteries which are individually less than 8g, but no more than 25g of total aggregate lithium. If these batteries are not connected to the device which they are powering, then they need to be put in a sealed bag or their contacts need to be taped/covered over to avoid any type of a short.
3. You will NOT be allowed to "check in" ANY lithium ion battery into the belly of the plane. Yes, I said ANY lithium ion battery. This would include spare computer or cell phone batteries, as well as, the spare batteries for your camera or steadicam.
This sounds ridiculous, but it is effective January 1, 2008. I am sure this is going to affect a lot of you in your travels. This means that since you won't be able to bring your lithium ion batteries on the plane with you, you will have to ship them to your location!!
Again, this is both domestically in the US and internationally, since the airlines are governed by international law. This will affect everyone that flies on a plane.
There are other laws which will take place later in 2008, around October, and I will keep you informed of these as I get them.
Posted 28 August 2007 - 08:09 PM
Posted 28 August 2007 - 09:08 PM
Posted 29 August 2007 - 01:33 AM
Oy. This will be really wonderful for those last-minute jump on a plane type jobs. Maybe I should keep a set of Dionics stationed in Albuquerque...
Perhaps some Hytron stickers applied over the Dionc's would do the trick.