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1. Put batteries in carry-on baggage only.
2. Batteries must be protected from short circuit
Whether you can carry Lithium Ion batteries depends on their Watt-hour rating.
The Watt-hour rating of a battery can be calculated as Voltage multiplied by Amp Hour.
3. Do not travel with damaged, bulging (puffed) or old batteries.
 you should insulate the battery terminals by covering with tape.
Forexample the Wh of a DJI Phantom battery is 81.3 Wh (15.2V x 5.35Ah).
 
Watt-hour ratings
 
Watt-hour (Wh)Checked BaggageCarry-on Baggage
< 100Forbidden (for the 4 airlines below)Unlimited
100-160Forbidden (for the 4 airlines below)Up to 2 Batteries
> 160Forbidden (for the 4 airlines below)Forbidden
 
Airlines
 
Airline< 100 Wh100 - 160 Wh> 160 Wh
QANTASLimited to personal use amountsUp to 2 BatteriesForbidden
VIRGINLimited to personal use amountsUp to 2 BatteriesForbidden
JETSTARUnlimitedUp to 2 BatteriesForbidden
TIGERLimited to personal use amountsUp to 2 BatteriesForbidden
 
Machines
 
DroneBattery WhNumber Permitted As Carry On
DJI Mavic43.7 Wh (11.1V x 3.83Ah)Unlimited
DJI Phantom 481.3 Wh (15.2V x 5.35Ah)Unlimited
DJI Inspire 199.9 Wh (22.2V x 4.5Ah)Unlimited
 
Helpful tips
1. Put your batteries into storage charge mode (3.7-3.8V per cell)
2. Use a Lipo Safe Pouch. Some pouches have the IATA regulations printed on them.
3. Label each battery with its Watt-hour
4. Carry a physical copy of the airline’s own dangerous goods documentation.
5. This is a guide only, you must refer to your airline's website for their up to date rules about carrying Lithium Ion batteries before arranging any flight.