Spare batteries and Powerbanks

Before flying, it's important to know how to pack your spare batteries and powerbanks correctly while adhering to the dangerous goods regulations. 

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What you can carry and requirements on how to pack

No more than 20 spare batteries in total, for personal use, are permitted per passenger. All other battery restrictions still apply e.g. no more than two spare lithium batteries exceeding 100Wh and up to 160Wh, are permitted and forms part of the total carried.

A combination of batteries may be carried e.g. 10 x 98Wh lithium ion + 2 x 138Wh lithium ion + 2 x 12V & 98Wh non-spillable + 6 x alkaline.

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

Important

All spare batteries and powerbanks must be as carry-on baggage only.

Lithium Ion battery (rechargeable) - not exceeding 100Wh

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

Requirements

  • The battery terminals must be protected e.g. taping over the exposed terminals.

Lithium Ion battery (rechargeable) - exceeding 100Wh and up to 160Wh

Important

Lithium ion batteries over 160Wh are forbidden as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.

Lithium Ion batteries must be declared during check-in.

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

Requirements

  • Only two spares per passenger.
  • The battery terminals must be protected e.g. taping over the exposed terminals.

Lithium Metal batteries (non-rechargeable) - not exceeding 2g of lithium metal

Non-spillble batteries up to 12V and 100Wh
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes  
Checked baggage No  

Requirements

  • The battery terminals must be protected e.g. taping over the exposed terminals.

Lithium Metal batteries (non-rechargeable) – exceeding 2g up to 8g of lithium metal for portable medical equipment only

Lithium Metal batteries (non-rechargeable) - containing up to 2g of lithium metal
Airline approval required Yes
Carry-on baggage Yes  
Checked baggage No  

Requirement

  • Only 2 spares per passenger
  • The battery terminals must be protected e.g. taping over the exposed terminals.

Non-spillable batteries up to 12V and 100Wh

Important

Non-spillable batteries must be declared during check-in.

Non-spillble batteries up to 12V and 100Wh
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes  
Checked baggage No  

Requirements

  • Only 2 spares per passenger
  • The battery terminals must be protected e.g. taping over the exposed terminals.

Other batteries e.g. Alkaline, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Nickel Cadmium (Nicad) etc

Non-spillble batteries up to 12V and 100Wh
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage Yes  
Checked baggage No  

Requirements

  • The battery terminal must be protected e.g. taping over the exposed terminals.

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.