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Cheap li-ion camera batteries on planes

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Cheap li-ion camera batteries on planes

A few months a go i bought myself some really cheap, compatiable spare li-ion batteries for my digital camera because the original was not lasting as long. I was wondering if anyone knows if these cheap, non-branded batteries would be safe to take on an airplane (for roughly 4-4.5 hrs)? I only have 2 spare batteries which is under the airlines regulations.


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1. Re: Cheap li-ion camera batteries on planes

Why would they not be safe to take on a plane? If they are unsafe, what about around your house, you should be worried about them bursting into flame at night perhaps ? If you don't think that will happen, why are you worried?

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2. Re: Cheap li-ion camera batteries on planes

these are the qantas rules:

All Spare Batteries for Consumer Electronic Devices

Spare batteries with a Watt-hour rating exceeding 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh for portable electronic devices. No more than two spare batteries

All spare batteries for consumer electronic devices must be carried in carry-on baggage only. They must be individually protected to prevent short circuit using one of the following:

In original retail packaging;

Taping over exposed terminals;

Placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch.

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3. Re: Cheap li-ion camera batteries on planes

Joe, I can understand the question as here in Australia it's illegal to mail anything with a lithium ion battery that's going air mail! You can't for example sell a mobile phone on ebay then mail it from where I live in Tasmania to mainland Australia. So why it's ok in the cabin on the plane I don't know!

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4. Re: Cheap li-ion camera batteries on planes

Why a Lithium-Ion battery is "ok in the cabin" - But not in Baggage :

From the US TSA [same in OZ] "In the cabin, airline flight crews can better monitor conditions, and have access to the batteries or device if a fire does occur." -

Whereas in the Baggage compartment there is a large pile of squashed baggage [Squash => short-circuit => Fire] and the Fire might not be detected until it is too-late and even once detected it probably couldn't be put-out by the fire-suppression system - Further : No Lighters or Matches in your baggage either ; Carry them on. [No Liquid-Fueled Zippos - EVER] - I am Flying into Tasmania to Camp ; Hence my research on this Topic.

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