Did you know?
Lithium batteries are high in energy density and are usually used to power devices such as mobile phones and hoverboards. There are two main types: lithium metal and lithium ion, which is rechargeable. What you may not know is that lithium batteries are more likely to catch fire than alkaline batteries, with the resultant blaze more intense.
Are they allowed onboard?
Lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries with a maximum voltage of 160Wh are allowed onboard Singapore Airlines flights.
Devices using high-voltage batteries, such as wheelchairs and mobility aids, are also permitted onboard, provided you give at least 48 hours’ notice to the Airline’s reservations department and airport check-in staff.
Singapore Airlines does not allow stray lithium batteries – those that are not placed inside electronic gadgets – in checked-in baggage. And lithium-battery-powered transport devices, such as hoverboards and mini Segways, are banned in both carry-on and checked-in baggage. For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com or refer to the Passenger Safety Information Card, which is available in the seat pocket on board the plane.
Follow these safety tips when using lithium batteries during your flight:
- To prevent overheating, insert lithium-metal batteries correctly, according to the polarity marked on the battery and your electronic device.
- To prevent heat from building up, do not cover your device’s charger when in use.
- Do not let lithium batteries come into contact with metal objects, or mix with unpacked batteries, as this may cause them to short-circuit.
- Do not leave devices plugged into the charger for longer than necessary. Once fully charged, disconnect and turn the charger off.
- Do not place heavy objects on electronic devices or allow them to get wet.
- Do not leave lithium-ion batteries unattended while charging.
- Do not carry damaged or recalled batteries and equipment on board.
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.