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The most important facts about “Power banks on airplanes”

  • Carrying powerbanks on an airplane is generally allowed, but it is subject to certain regulations and safety rules.
  • Powerbanks are only allowed in carry-on baggage and therefore not in checked baggage.
  • The powerbank must not exceed a maximum capacity of 100 Wh or 27,000 mAh.
  • A person may carry a maximum of two rechargeable batteries. The batteries must not exceed a maximum capacity of 100 Wh each.
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the umbrella organization of airlines, has published a guideline for the use of batteries in air travel. Unfortunately, this guideline is not implemented 1 to 1 by all airlines.
  • At the security checkpoint, you should point out that you are carrying a powerbank in your carry-on luggage.
  • The rules may vary from airline to airline. If in doubt, simply check directly with your airline.

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Carrying a powerbank on the plane or electronic devices and gadgets has become almost indispensable when flying these days, whether it’s to relieve boredom during a long-haul flight or to stay connected during transit at the airport. In this context, powerbanks have become true lifesavers to power our smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics on the go. But before you pack your beloved powerbank in your carry-on luggage and head to the airport, make sure you know the applicable regulations and restrictions to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the security checkpoint.

In this blog article, we take a closer look at the rules and regulations around taking powerbanks on the plane. We’ll clarify questions like, “Are you allowed to take a powerbank on the plane?” and “How many powerbanks are allowed in carry-on luggage?” In addition, you will learn whether it is allowed to charge your powerbank during the flight and why it is better not to transport powerbanks in your suitcase. Learn how to travel safely and stress-free with your powerbank.

How do I show my powerbank at the airport?

It is advisable to mention at the check-in counter that you are carrying a powerbank. Usually, the staff in charge will also ask you if there is a powerbank in your checked baggage. At the security checkpoint, remove the powerbank from your carry-on luggage and place it on the conveyor belt without a cover. Also, make sure the capacity is clearly marked on the case of the original packaging. Otherwise, you may not make it through security.

Is it allowed to take a powerbank on the plane?

Is it allowed to take a powerbank on the plane? Can you take powerbank on the plane? In principle, you are allowed to take a powerbank with you on the plane, but you have to keep some things in mind. The powerbank must not exceed a maximum capacity of 100 Wh or 27,000 mAh. One person may carry a maximum of two power banks and the power banks may not exceed a maximum capacity of 100 Wh each.

Where can I carry a powerbank on the plane?

A powerbank should always be carried in your hand luggage on the plane. It can be taken in the cabin without any problems and without having to be registered beforehand. However, it is important to follow the instructions of the airlines to avoid possible problems.

Where to put the powerbank on the plane: suitcase or hand luggage?

For safety reasons, a powerbank should only be carried in your hand luggage when flying. The lithium-ion battery of a powerbank can start a fire in the event of a short circuit. Although such cases are extremely rare, a fire is more likely to be discovered in the cabin than in the cargo hold. Ensure your safety and bring your powerbank on board in your hand luggage.

How many powerbanks can I take in my hand luggage?

How many powerbanks are allowed in carry-on luggage? Since there is currently only one recommendation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), travelers should follow the guidelines of their respective airline. However, according to IATA, two powerbanks per person are allowed in carry-on luggage. However, care should be taken not to exceed the maximum limit of 100 Wh (watt-hours) per person. So check with your airline for the current regulations before your trip.


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Can I charge my powerbank on the plane?

Basically, in most cases, it is safe to charge your powerbank on the plane as long as you follow the applicable rules and restrictions. Most airlines allow in-flight charging of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and powerbanks. You can use your powerbank on the plane, but you must turn it off during takeoff and landing. It is also important to monitor the temperature of the powerbank and prevent it from overheating.

Can I charge my powerbank during the flight?

Yes, you can charge your powerbank on board the aircraft as long as you do not do so during takeoff or landing. However, it is important to monitor the temperature of the powerbank and ensure that it is not exposed to excessive heat.

Why can’t you take a powerbank on the plane?

It is permitted to carry a powerbank on an airplane, but only in your carry-on baggage. Powerbanks may not be transported in checked baggage (baggage compartment), as this could jeopardize security. In the passenger area, baggage is permanently monitored, while in the regular baggage compartment, no permanent observation is guaranteed. In the event of a short circuit and resulting fire, this could jeopardize the safety of the entire flight.

The situation is fundamentally different for the powerbank in the hand luggage: Many air travelers carry their handbag with them or look around curiously during the flight. In addition, the flight attendants and service staff are always attentive and look after the well-being of the passengers. If a fire were to occur, it would be noticed immediately. The extinguishing measures available on board would be sufficient to combat and eliminate the danger at an early stage.

These explanations are based on the recommendations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an overarching association for most airlines. IATA has established recommendations for the transportation of various battery types in the Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations (LBSR). Although these recommendations are not hard and fast rules, most airlines follow the IATA rules or even implement stricter guidelines for their own airline.

Why are powerbanks not allowed to be transported in suitcases?

Can I check my powerbank in my suitcase as normal baggage? For safety reasons, powerbanks should only be transported in carry-on luggage. The reason for this is the risk of fire, which can be caused by a short circuit of the lithium-ion battery. It is important to observe this safety measure in order to minimize possible risks.

Why should powerbanks only be carried in carry-on luggage? Here are some reasons why there are restrictions on powerbanks on airplanes:

  • Fire Hazard: Powerbanks contain lithium-ion batteries that can catch fire if used improperly or damaged. In an aircraft, a battery fire can have serious consequences as it can be difficult to extinguish and can spread quickly.
  • Short Circuit Risk: Contacts on powerbanks could be accidentally shorted during flight, resulting in overheating or fire.
  • Overheating: If powerbanks are overheated, this can also lead to a fire hazard. In narrow airplane cabins, heat generation could be problematic.
  • Precautions: Airlines and airports implement safety regulations to minimize these risks. This may include packing powerbanks in carry-on luggage and avoiding damage or excessive heat.

It is important to note that the exact rules and restrictions may vary depending on the airline and country. Therefore, before taking a powerbank on board, you should check the specific policies of your airline and destination country beforehand to avoid any potential inconveniences or delays.

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What happens when the powerbank is in the case?

What happens if you have a powerbank in the suitcase? In all likelihood, the powerbank will be removed from the suitcase and returned to your home. This may result in a lengthy baggage inspection where the entire suitcase is checked. This could result in your suitcase not being shipped on your plane, but instead being redelivered on your next flight. For this reason, it is important that powerbanks are only transported in your hand luggage.

How much mAh is a powerbank allowed to have on the plane?

The maximum capacity of a powerbank on an airplane is usually about 27000 mAh at a cell voltage of 3.7 volts. Note, however, that the allowed capacity is often specified by the airlines in watt-hours (max. 100 Wh). To convert the mAh specification on the case of your powerbank into watt-hours, please use the following formula: mAh x V ÷ 1000 = Wh.

Powerbank plane: Choosing the right powerbank

  • Powerbanks with a capacity of less than 100Wh are usually accepted on board.
  • It is important to consider powerbanks with safety features such as overcharge protection, short circuit protection and temperature management.
  • Avoid powerbanks with damaged or frayed cables and those that have been dropped or otherwise damaged.

Are powerbanks checked at the airport?

Yes, powerbanks are usually checked at the airport. Most airports around the world have security checks to ensure that all luggage and electronic devices comply with current security regulations. Powerbanks are electronic devices and will be checked at security to ensure they do not pose a threat.

It is advisable to check the specific regulations and policies of each airline and the particular airport you will be using before you travel, as the exact regulations may vary by airline and airport.

Our tips:

“Remove your powerbank, just like other electronics, from your carry-on bag before placing it on the belt at security. This will reduce the likelihood that you will have to fully unpack your carry-on.”


Conclusion: Take powerbanks on the plane in your hand luggage!

If you are traveling by air, it is safest to carry the powerbanks in your carry-on luggage. As a rule, the total power of all powerbanks carried should not exceed 100 watt-hours (Wh) or 27,000 mAh. If you have two powerbanks for your smartphone or tablet, you should have no problem meeting this limit. However, if you are using a powerbank for your laptop, carefully check the maximum power, as powerbanks for laptops are generally the most powerful. In addition to that, you should always make sure that the powerbank is charged and in proper condition before flying. However, as mentioned above, be sure to follow the instructions of the airlines so that there are no problems in case of doubt.

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