I am travelling from Riga to Stockholm with AirBaltic flight carrier. I only need my laptops: 11" Chromebook, 15" Lenovo Thinkpad, and 13" Asus Zenbook. The weight is not too much. They all can fit my backpack.

There are three batteries: two integrated (Chromebook and Asus), and one which can be deattached (Lenovo). I did not find any facts about the maximum amount of batteries allowed.

I also would like to take one iPad with me, one Pebble smart watch and one phone (Oneplus 2). I think the situation should be ok. So 6 batteries altogether, but 3 in laptops.

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    Be prepared to have a bunch of questions asked by security - they may want to know why you have so many more than most folks. I had 5 identical laptops, plus sundry other devices one trip - and I had to explain what they were all for, and assure security I wasn't trying to just sell them.
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 31, 2016 at 11:26
  • chx - you got my upvote anyway :-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 31, 2016 at 11:33
  • sure - I'm using security to mean the uniformed folks who were asking the questions :-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 31, 2016 at 11:55

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  1. The small batteries inside devices are not a problem even if they removable.

FAA FAQ (lithium regulations are same everywhere):

The main limit is that the batteries and devices must be for personal use (includes professional use). Batteries and battery-powered devices carried for resale or for distribution by a vendor do not qualify for these exceptions. There is a two-spare limit on the large lithium-ion (101-160 Wh) and nonspillable batteries.

Elsewhere still FAA:

Quantity limits: None for most batteries – but batteries must be for use by the passenger.

  1. Security wise there's no limitation. My record so far has been three laptops, two phones, a tablet and an eReader, at Canadian, USA, UK and several Schengen airports. Noone gave a hoot.

  2. Your only possible problem could be customs but you are intra Schengen so no such problems exist.

Edit: despite there is no customs, security might ask whether you plan to sell them because of the battery rule above. Have a simple, true explanation ready.

  • Schengen has nothing to do with customs. You may need to declare things whenever traveling to or from a non-EU country, even if your origin and destination are both in Schengen. Dec 31, 2016 at 16:32
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit: I'm reacting to "you are intra Schengen so no such problems exist", which is a non sequitur. Dec 31, 2016 at 16:49
  • @HenningMakholm: Er sorry - managed to completely skip that part of the answer. Hah Dec 31, 2016 at 16:50

The company I work for does conference management and we often send staff onsite. As they usually use a few laptops for registration and paper upload work most of them have 2-3 laptops in their hand luggage. Flown to the US, Dubai, Turkey, all over the EU with laptops in hand luggage and normal luggage. No-one ever had a problem.

I once entered the US with a suitcase full of electronics (router, switches, cables, 3 laptops, small printers, print server, a few tablets, a small NUC computer) and flew back. Not a peep from any customs.

Ok, the laptops are obviously battered and used and we can show that we work onsite at a convention so obviously they are not for resale, but no-one has actually asked.

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