The holidays are proving to be the perfect opportunity to use electronic devices far from home. But last year, the U.S. government banned the use of lithium-ion batteries in checked luggage. So how should you pack your laptop?
This is not just a matter of TSA compliance; This is a convenient question. If you plan to take a bunch of large electronics with you on your next vacation, you'll need to be able to pack them in smart backpack or carry-on luggage. Otherwise, your flight will be even more annoying.
Lithium ion battery is a relatively stable power supply. However, if you try to puncture or overheat a lithium-ion battery, it will explode. The U.S. Department of Transportation knows this poses a safety risk to aircraft and has banned the use of lithium-ion batteries in cargo areas on all passenger flights.
This is not just a precaution against bombs and deliberate lithium-ion fires. Remember when Samsung phones exploded in people's pockets? Yes, it turns out that malfunctioning or damaged lithium-ion batteries can accidentally ignite. A dark, cluttered cargo area on an airplane may be the last place you'll catch a fire.
What does this mean for you? Well, you'll have to keep all your Lithium-ion electronics in your carry on backpack (or pocket).For a phone or tablet, it's not a big deal. However, if you try to carry a laptop, Bluetooth speaker, portable battery or other large lithium-ion electronic devices, it may be a big inconvenience.
Usually, you can carry any number of lithium-ion batteries with you. Some airlines have their own limitations, but if you carry only a small number of devices, you may not have to worry too much.