Staying Charged on the Go

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Image of cell phones plugged into battery charger

We've all been there – Pack. Get to the airport. Get through security (TSA PreCheck for the win). Grab a coffee. Find the gate. Sit down to relax. Look at phone. Oh no! Only 20% battery power left. Now what?

We’re here to tell you, there’s a better way! Don’t be negative. Check out our tips below on how to stay connected on the go. We’re positive they’ll be helpful. 

Lithi-ummmmm what?

You’ve probably heard a lot about lithium ion batteries, and maybe wondering what they are! In short, your lithium ion batteries are a type of rechargeable battery that is commonly used for portable electronics. This includes your smartphone, tablet, and laptop, as well as any portable chargers or power banks you may have. 

Portable phone chargers or power banks containing lithium ion batteries must be packed in carry-on. But, if your lithium ion battery is 100 watt hours or less, which should cover most of your portable electronics, you can carry the device in either your carry-on or checked baggage. Just beware, loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags. For more information visit the FAA website.

Going Old School

If you’re of a certain generation, you may not know what we mean when we talk about AA, AAA, C, and D batteries. Basically the batteries that run your TV remote. The good news is that these ‘dry’ batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage. So, grab your boombox and head over to the airport!

We All Have Baggage

Our baggage tends to be on the emotional side, but if you are one of the many travelers with smart baggage this tip is for you. Suitcases with a charging device ('smart' bags) must have the battery removed if you are planning to check them. The good news? The removed battery can be transported in your carry-on.

Striking the Right Cord

With all these rechargeable and portable electronics, we need to remember all of the associated cords when we travel. Why can’t they all be the same?! Luckily, these charging cables and cords are a-okay to fly. But, we recommend keeping your bag organized in case additional screening is required.

Still Have Questions?

Is your mental battery fried after all this? Don’t stress it. Before you head to the airport on your next adventure, you can reach out to the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. 

Still have questions on batteries? We recommend visiting the Federal Aviation Administration’s website for the latest regulations on flying with batteries. 

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