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My HP laptop has a battery which cannot be removed. It is a massive heavy thing, and I understand that it's unwise to check it in, but I wish to anyway at my own risk. It's an international flight with no stopover (direct 3hr flight).

Am I still allowed to check in my laptop battery considering it cannot be removed? And I'm also confused, if a powerbank can't be checked in as it is a lithium ion battery, then why can laptop batteries inside a laptop be checked in?

Thanks!

  • The biggest risk with Li-ion batteries are punctures and short-circuits. Inside a laptop the battery is fairly well protected against both, but a power-bank has pins that, when short-circuited, would pull energy from the battery, making it more risky. – vlumi Jun 29 at 2:36
  • You could as well throw it away, and buy a new one after arrival. Chances are it will be stolen, and you get nothing. – Aganju Jun 29 at 22:52
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You can. But make sure the laptop is completely switched off. (Ie. Not just in sleep mode)

Lufthansa mentions on its website:

Portable electronic devices containing lithium-metal or lithium-ion cells or batteries, e.g. watches, calculators, cameras, mobile phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc., when these are intended for personal sue.

Checked baggage: Yes (up to 100 Wh or 2 g) / No (100–160 Wh or 2–8 g)

Carry-on baggage: Yes

Carrier’s approval required: No (up to 100 Wh or 2 g) / Yes (100–160 Wh or 2–8 g)

https://www.lufthansa.com/ch/en/information-about-dangerous-goods#Batteries

It is unlikely that your laptop has more than 100Wh stored in its battery (typical is about 50Wh)

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    Of course, this is only for Lufthansa. If you're flying with a different airline, then you should check that airline's rules, as they could be different. – Nate Eldredge Jun 29 at 16:45
  • Rules are the same with KLM: klm.com/travel/gb_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/… do i assume this is pretty much the standard in the industry: <100Wh, integrated in a device, no problem. – Krist van Besien Jul 6 at 15:08

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