Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Can you take your camera battery on a plane??

Please be advised that due to recent changes in the IATA (International Air Transportation Association) classification of Lithium batteries, the DIONIC 160 is now classified as a 183wh battery. Due to this new classification, and according to transportation regulations, the DIONIC 160 battery now exceeds the maximum watt-hour allowance for a lithium battery and can no longer be transported on commercial airlines.

You can check the label on the rear of the DIONIC 160 battery and see the (Nominal Rating), which is the manufacturers rating of the cell pack. If your battery indicates 183wh, then it falls under this new classification. Older DIONIC 160 batteries which are rated at 160wh can be transported on an airline, with a maximum carry-on allowance of (2) two batteries. (NOTE: Always check with the appropriate airline and shipping carrier for the latest in transporting lithium batteries) If you need a battery which is capable of being transported, we have other options including the new DIONIC HCX (124wh li ion battery) and the HyTRON 140, which has no travel restrictions.

It is recommended that all regulations be reviewed periodically in their entirety for the latest information. For further information see:


US Department of Transportation

http://SafeTravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html
DOT Battery Brochure updated 9-03-09

IATA

http://www.iata.org
IATA-Lithium Battery Guidance Document updated 9-03-09

US Code of Federal Regulations

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov

FAA.gov

http://www.faa.gov

All Anton/Bauer lithium ion batteries are declared to have passed the appropriate UN Manual of Tests and Criteria (2003, Sec 38.3, Lithium Batteries (ST/SG/AC.10/11/Rev 4).


Anton/Bauer manufactures the
following Lithium Ion Batteries:

Anton Bauer Model

ELC (Equivalent Lithium Content)

UN test ST/SG/AC.10/11/Rev 4 , Part-III, SS 38.3 T1-T8

Shipping Classification/testing required

Special Markings/Packag-ing

Carry-On / Check in Passenger Air (6)

DIONIC 160

8.0 grams to 25 grams/

183 Watt hours

Certified passed tests

Class 9 (1) (2) / YES

YES (2) / YES

Forbidden / Forbidden

DIONIC HCX

Between 8.0 grams to 25 grams/

124 Watt hours

Certified passed tests

Class 9 (1) (2) / YES

YES (2) / YES

YES(6) up to 2/

Forbidden

DIONIC HC

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91 Watt hours

Certified passed tests

Excepted(3)/

YES (4)

YES (5)/ YES (5)

YES (6)/

Forbidden

DIONIC 90

<8>

93 Watt hours

Certified passed tests

Excepted(3)/

YES (4)

YES (5)/ YES (5)

YES (6)/

Forbidden

ElipZ 10K

<8>

75 Watt hours

Certified passed tests

Excepted(3)/

YES (4)

YES (5)/ YES (5)

YES(6)/

Forbidden

FOOTNOTES:

  1. US continental is excepted 49 CFR (Hazardous Material Regulations ) ss 173.185;
  2. Effective October 1, 2008 Special Provisions 189 of 49 CFR (Hazardous Material Regulations ) batteries must ship Class 9 Hazardous materials unless transported by motor vehicle or rail car.
  3. ICAO/IATA Packing Instruction 965 and US 49 CFR (Hazardous Material Regulations ) ss 173.185
  4. US DOT effective Oct 1, 2009 mandatory UN Manual of Tests and Criteria testing (IATA/IC already effective. Batteries that pass UN tests are accepted.
  5. Special Provision 188 of 49 CFR Hazardous Material Regulations Effective Oct 1, 2008
  6. All Carry-On/Check-in passenger air rules should be verified at time of travel with your specific carrier.