At EFM, we are all about taking you ‘all the places you’ll go’, and many times one such place will be an airport as you jet off on your next adventure.
With airport security stricter than ever, and rules on what you can and cannot take with you ever-changing, travelling by air can be confusing - and downright stressful!
This week we are taking the worry out of your next getaway, and breaking down for you how to properly - and legally - travel with your power products.
Deciding what to take with you onboard a flight and what you will check-in to the cargo hold can be hectic in itself. Liquids in the form of makeup or cosmetics over a certain size have to be checked in, and travel-sized toiletry bottles now exist to streamline this process and ensure you have some of your favourite products on you onboard.
Well, similar restrictions exist across all airlines when it comes to travelling with power products.
We deferred to the Australian authority on flight rules and regulations, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, for clarification on the current restrictions involving power products travelers often carry, including power banks and laptops.
The general rule is that all batteries that power these devices must fall under a 100Wh (watt hour) limit and MUST be included in carry on baggage. This is not only to protect against these mostly-lithium batteries igniting in the cargo hold (a very real event that happened many times before the new rules came in), but also to prevent damage to these pricey items through your bags being thrown around by gung-ho baggage handlers!
Confused by most power products being sold in mAh (milliamp hours) but airports sticking to Wh? Don’t worry, this is only to have a standardised global format across the board, and it’s easy to convert from one to the other. The formula is:
Watt-hours = milliamp-hours × volts / 1000
So, if you own the EFM 10,000 mAh Power Bank and rely on it to see you through a particularly testing airport transit, the calculation would be 10000 x 3.4 (the output of this particular power bank) / 1000 = 34. Well under the maximum Wh limit for carry on baggage.
Luckily, most power banks and laptop batteries on the market fall under the 100Wh limit, so if maths on the go isn’t your forte, the odds are you’ll be fine! In short, carry all your power products with you, and always refer to your chosen airline’s rules (outlined on their website) for a crystal clear answer.
Of course, it goes without saying that all power products must be turned off during take off and landing, but for guidelines on using them during during a flight, it’s best to ask at your specific airline check-in desk or prior to boarding.
The last thing you want when killing time in transit is a dead battery, be it your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Our range of power banks are designed to not only fit perfectly into your luggage, but also into existing rules regarding flying.
Whether you opt for the Trek Outdoor Power Bank with handy carabiner, or our original, modern Power Bank, the EFM power product range offers sizes from 5000mAh through to an impressive 20,000 mAh for those extra long journeys.