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I have read numerous blog posts advising that we must carry power banks as carry on and not checked in luggage. However, I fail to obtain the maximum amount (number of power banks or capacity of each power bank) I am legally allowed to carry.

I would like to carry 6 of these (2 personal and 4 gifts) - 10000 mAh MI power bank.

I am traveling to Mumbai from Qingdao via Beijing on Air China. Can anyone give details specific to Air China?

Your help is much appreciated!

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Air China seems to have a policy in place for the batteries (or generally termed power banks) 10000mAh should amount to 36WH or 50Wh depending on whether the batteries are rated 3.6V or 5V. However still, policy says that 2 batteries are allowed that shouldn't exceed 160Wh.

EDIT: As identified by @DCTLib below, only two spare batteries are allowed in cabin baggage. So, the 4 additional ones you have will probably be denied when you take them onboard.

My suggestion: If you are coming with 2 checked bags, have 2 packs placed in each bag and carry 2 with you in your cabin baggage. I read the terms carefully and doesn't seem like there should be a problem because in no bag, there will be more than 2 battery packs which is otherwise the allowed limit. Not sure if there any specific wording that these can be carried only in cabin or checkin. Make sure the ones in checkin bags are packed in their original packaging.

If you're not coming with 2 checked bags and have only one, risk it by packing 3 in checkin and 3 in cabin (you can split cabin in say laptop bag and the cabin bag?) and still get these transported safely. Worst case, you may have to leave 1 behind at max. It is unlikely that they take away the battery packs from checked in luggage.

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    Actually, the page that you linked to states that lithium batteries are only allowed in carry-on bags. So putting them in checked bags as you suggest -is not possible. – DCTLib Jul 14 '15 at 10:31
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    @DCTLib - I put 6 power banks (3x 10,000 mAH and 3x 5,000 mAH capacity) in my check-in luggage but airport security asked me to remove it and put it on carry-on. I had no hassles whatsoever while carrying all of them in my carry-on luggage. I hope my experience helps other fellow passengers. – AngryPanda Aug 4 '15 at 12:37
  • @AngryPanda Hi, Could I suggest you post your experience as an answer... – Matas Vaitkevicius Oct 12 '18 at 5:01
  • @MatasVaitkevicius - Done. Thanks for suggesting! – AngryPanda Oct 14 '18 at 17:30
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Since my comment was requested as an answer -

I put 6 power banks (3x 10,000 mAH and 3x 5,000 mAH capacity) in my check-in luggage but airport security asked me to remove it and put it on carry-on. I had no hassles whatsoever while carrying all of them in my carry-on luggage. I hope my experience helps other fellow passengers.

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