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03-20-2016 10:10 PM  4 years ago
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vigor10

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Ircha or any event question?
For you guys that travel a lot with electric helis, how do you get your batteries to your desination?
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03-21-2016 01:29 PM  4 years ago
Ronald Thomas

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Are you flying or driving? If driving, I keep them in a case...close. If I am flying I carry them on with me.Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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03-21-2016 02:05 PM  4 years ago
bkervaski

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Biggest thing is to make sure they are nominal voltage and the leads are secured, wrapped, and insulated as to prevent touching if shifted during travel as that may start a fire.Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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03-21-2016 04:12 PM  4 years ago
gwright

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if flying, you are required to carry-on,.. can't check them in baggage. I think the logic is that if they're in the cabin, then something can at least be done to remedy a bad situation. However, I doubt they have the type fire extinguishers that would be needed.
The rules are written very strangely. "Spare" batteries must be carry-on, but you can check something that has the battery installed,..i.e. laptop/phone/electric shaver/etc. they must erroneously think that if the battery is installed in the device, the manuf must have protections in place.

Just had a trip to China, returned less than a week ago, and had some lipo's with me,.. as carry-on. There is a lithium content limit also. 100 watt hours per battery, and a 6s/5000 is something like 111watt-hr.
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03-21-2016 04:35 PM  4 years ago
fmrsdtr

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Model Aviation did a whole series about LiPos, including transportation of batteries: http://www.modelaviation.com/lipo2~Jenni Alderman, AMA # 640475
Associate Editor, Model Aviation
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03-21-2016 05:13 PM  4 years ago
niyot

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Type in
"Traveling with lipos" after clicking the search link.

Click the following search result to get you to the video
"LiPo Battery Basics 2 - Transporting "
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03-21-2016 06:49 PM  4 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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remove the period from the link above to get it to work.
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03-21-2016 08:01 PM  4 years ago
fmrsdtr

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remove the period from the link above to get it to work.
Done. Sorry about that.
~Jenni Alderman, AMA # 640475
Associate Editor, Model Aviation
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03-22-2016 01:54 AM  4 years ago
Aaron29

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Amazing. Just amazing. So the TSA makes sure you have no explosives in your underwear and has to see your shoes off but then allows you to carry on a bag of friggin lipos?! I'm done.
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03-22-2016 09:56 PM  4 years ago
vigor10

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Yes we plan to fly and pickup a motorhome in Indiana. Thanks for the info guys.Team Synergy
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03-23-2016 03:16 AM  4 years ago
T.J.

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So I traveled via southwest to Orlando Heli blowout 2015 First flight with my gear. I put my packs at 50% storage charge, had the ends EC5 and balance connectors wrapped in electrical tape. Each lipo went into its own zip lock bag and into a lipo bag in my carry on. when I went through the xray scanners I pulled each lipo out of the lipo bag and put them in one of the plastic tubs. I also opened my TX case since it had a lipo also. They pulled me to the side asked me what its for I said toy heli. The TSA agent was aware of what they were for and proceeded to wipe them down with a round pad to check for explosive residue. Don't worry right after me they did the same thing to a mother that was holding her child and the baby's bottle. Just follow there instructions if they say don't put your hand in the bag (Ask me how I know). I also printed off the part regarding how much lithium you were allowed to carry on per a pack and highlighted that for them along with the numbers showing that I was under. That's the part that I was reaching inside the bag for. Turns out I didn't even need that but it was worth it just incase I got someone who wasn't familiar with the rules. The trip back went much smoother as I knew what to expect.

Also I would personally go with one of the SKB hard shell golf bags instead of what I used. But at least it worked and got me there.

Thanks, T.J.
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03-23-2016 03:35 AM  4 years ago
T.J.

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From the FAA website.
Size limits: Lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries are limited to 2 grams of lithium per battery. Lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries are limited to a rating of 100 watt hours (Wh) per battery. These limits allow for nearly all types of lithium batteries used by the average person in their electronic devices. With airline approval, passengers may also carry up to two spare larger lithium ion batteries (101-160 watt hours). This size covers the larger after-market extended-life laptop computer batteries and some larger batteries used in professional audio/visual equipment.
Quantity limits: None for most batteries – but batteries must be for use by the passenger. Batteries carried for further sale or distribution (vendor samples, etc.) are prohibited. There is a limit of two spare batteries per person for the larger lithium ion batteries described above (101-160 watt hours per battery).
Batteries must be protected from damage.
Battery terminals (usually the ends) must be protected from short circuit (i.e., the terminals must not come in contact with other metal). Methods include: leaving the batteries in their retail packaging, covering battery terminals with tape, using a battery case, using a battery sleeve in a camera bag, or putting them snugly in a plastic bag or protective pouch.

THE IMPORTANT PART!!!!

Tip: Newer lithium ion batteries have the watt hour (Wh) rating marked on them. To calculate watt hours, multiply the battery voltage by the Amp hours (Ah). To learn more about lithium batteries, their restrictions, and how to tell what size they are, go to http://SafeTravel.dot.gov
Thanks, T.J.
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03-24-2016 01:49 PM  4 years ago
vigor10

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I had a 5000mah battery that was a prize from Ircha last year, they pulled me to the side and asked what it was for, but it was ok after answering a few questions.
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