Battery Safety

   We are often asked if it’s OK to bring my scooter or power chair on a plane.  The batteries that are installed in your power operated vehicle (pov) are sealed lead acid.  The operative word is sealed.  They will not leak or spill just like the battery in a car.  They can be taken on a plane, bus or cruise liner, both international and domestic, and shipped with all  trucking companies.

 

If you are ever questioned by a ticket agent or other employee who tells you otherwise, here is the technical information:

 

  Sealed lead acid gel and AGM batteries are made with captured electrolyte and are declared by DOT to be non-spillable in 49 CFR 173.159 a (d) of the hazardous materials regulations.  As such they are excused by the DOT, IATA, ICOA and IMDG from compliance with the hazmat shipping rules.  Portable applications where non-spillable batteries are used are free to travel by any means desired.  

What was just written pertains to lead acid batteries.  Some POVs are powered by lithium ion batteries, especially the scooters that fold.  What is true for lead acid batteries is also true for the lighter weight lithium batteries.

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