Battery powered devices and equipment

Before flying, it's important to know how to pack your battery powered devices and equipment correctly while adhering to the dangerous goods regulations. 

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Baggage tracking devices

What tracking devices you can carry and requirements of how to pack:

Battery tracking devices
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Baggage tracking devices are battery operated devices which notify and alert the location of baggage.

Requirements

Electronic devices (portable)

No more than 15 lithium battery powered electronic devices (including powertools ), for personal use only permitted per passenger.

Note: Watt hours (Wh) are determined by multiplying the voltage (V) by the amp hours (Ah). ie. 12V x 5Ah = 60Wh

Important

The US and UK have implemented new travel requirements that restrict the carriage of electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabin of inbound flights from some Middle Eastern airports. There are no impacts to Qantas customers travelling on Qantas operated services. However, we encourage customers travelling with codeshare and interline partners to the US or UK to check the requirements of that airline.

Lithium-ion batteries (rechargeable) - not exceeding 100Wh in a device

Battery requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, devices containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

Lithium-ion batteries (rechargeable) - exceeding 100Wh and up to 160Wh in a device

These batteries are usually for commercial cameras, commercial remote control aircraft etc .

Important

Devices containing lithium-ion batteries over 160Wh are forbidden as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

Lithium-ion batteries in devices must be declared during check-in.

Battery requirements
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, devices containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

Lithium-metal batteries in devices (non-rechargeable) - not exceeding 2g of lithium metal per device

These batteries are usually for hearing aids etc.

Important

Devices (excluding medical equipment up to 8g) containing lithium-metal batteries with a total lithium metal content exceeding 2g are forbidden as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

Battery requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, equipment devices containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

Non-spillable batteries in devices - maximum 12V and 100Wh

These batteries are commonly called sealed lead acid, gel cell, dry cell etc.

Battery requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • When packed in checked baggage, devices containing batteries must have the ON/OFF switch protected to prevent accidental activation.

For information email Dangerous goods

Fuel cell systems and spare fuel cartridges (in portable electronic devices)

What cartridges you can carry and requirements of how to pack:

Fuel cell systems and spare fuel cartridges in portable electronic devices requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • Up to 200ml of fuel or 200g for solid fuel or 120ml liquefied gas.

Only two spares are permitted per passenger in carry-on baggage.

For information email Dangerous goods

Power tools (drills, angle grinders, etc)

What power tools you can carry and requirements of how to pack:

Lithium batteries not more than 100Wh contained in/attached to the tool

Battery requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage No
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • The ON/OFF switch must be protected from turning on e.g. taped;
  • The tool must be securely contained in either a hard/moulded case or a sturdy box, unable to move. Only 1 tool per box or 2 are permitted in a hard case if the case is specifically moulded to securely fit 2 tools.

For information email Dangerous goods

Lithium batteries not more than 100Wh removed/detached from the tool

Important

Lithium-ion batteries must be declared during check-in.

Battery requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage No   

Requirements

  • all  terminals must be protected e.g. retail packaging, taped, etc

Note: all tools (minus the battery) must be carried in checked baggage only

For information email Dangerous goods

Lithium batteries exceeding 100Wh and up to 160Wh contained in/attached to the tool

Important

Lithium-ion batteries must be declared during check-in.

Battery requirements
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage No  
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • The ON/OFF switch must be protected from turning on e.g. taped;
  • The tool must be securely contained in either a hard/moulded case or a sturdy box, unable to move. Only 1 tool per box or 2 are permitted in a hard case if the case is specifically moulded to securely fit 2 tools.

Lithium batteries exceeding 100Wh and up to 160Wh removed/detached from the tool

Important

Lithium-ion batteries must be declared during check-in.

Battery requirements
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage Yes
Checked baggage No  

Requirements

  • all  terminals must be protected e.g. retail packaging, taped, etc

Note: all tools (minus the battery) must be carried in checked baggage only

Further information on dangerous goods

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations describe in detail what Dangerous Goods may be transported by air, in what quantities, and how they should be packed. For details on how to safely transport your Dangerous Goods, contact your local Qantas Freight Office.

Forbidden dangerous goods

For a summary of common items that are classified as dangerous goods view our prohibited and check with airline dangerous goods (PDF) - passengers are forbidden to carry them on an aircraft.

Important information regarding electronic devices

Qantas Group customers are advised to refer to the Product Safety website for a list of products that contain dangerous goods that have been recalled due to faults.

Customers planning to travel with these products should refer to the original manufacturer for further information and recall instructions.