I am travelling from the US to India on Lufthansa. I have five spare Lithium-ion batteries, each 850mAh.
Can I bring them back safely?
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From the Lufthansa, Dangerous Goods that may be carried under certain Conditions regulations (yours should be less than 10 Wh each):
Portable electronic devices containing lithium metal or lithium-ion cells or batteries, such as watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc., when carried for personal use.
Checked baggage: up to 100 Wh, or 2g Yes 100 - 160 Wh, or 2 - 8g No Cabin baggage: Yes On one's person Yes Approval of carrier required: up to 100 Wh, or 2g No 100 - 160 Wh, or 2 - 8g Yes
Batteries must meet the requirements of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, part III, section 38.3.
Rules for spare batteries:
• Spare lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries with a Watt-hour rating up to 100 Wh for such consumer electronic devices:
- The user has to remove the battery.
- Allowed in cabin baggage only and in quantities for personal use only.
- These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits.
• Each installed or spare battery must not exceed:
- For lithium metal or lithium alloy batteries a lithium content of more than 2g,
- For lithium ion batteries of a Watt hour rating of more than 100 Wh:
- Not more than two spare batteries per person.
- Allowed in cabin baggage only.
- Approval of the carrier is required.
- E-cigarettes or other artificial smoking devices containing lithium batteries shall only be accepted on cabin baggage.
- Articles which are used as power source, e.g. power banks are considered as spare batteries.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The smartphone is neither allowed on board nor in the carry-on and checked baggage. Lufthansa Group does not offer any storage facilities at the airports.
YES, for a US airline, but you must bring them as Carry On baggage. You should not check them. Many other airlines follow this guidance as well.
Most airlines publish the guidelines on their web site so you can easily search for you specific case.
Example Lufthansa: Carry-on baggage on Lufthansa and Dangerous Goods that may be carried under certain Conditions