Batteries and Carry-On Luggage
One of the surprise complications of flying is what to do with batteries. Generally speaking, you can only take batteries in your carry-on luggage if they are in the original packaging. If you are thinking 'green', which translates to saving money, are you out of luck? Thankfully no. It turns out private pilots really don't want batteries bouncing around a small plane. The trick is to find a personal battery caddy. A personal battery caddy is different from any garden variety battery caddy. Running to the local department store and looking for a battery caddy yields a product more suited to hanging on the wall of the house or garage.
Doing the homework for a personal battery caddy was very enlighting (no pun intended). Features and prices we're all over the place. One feature that caught my attention was the color "moonshine". What makes it cool is it glows-in-the-dark! A very handy feature if you are needing power for the flashlight. Of course there are other colors, many of which have been selected for low light situtations.
Different versions of personal battery caddy (caddies?) exist. Outside of color choices, some are capable of taking different sized batteries. Generally I have noticed that the vendors like to point out it doesn't matter which way you put them in the caddy. Some feature a locking tab that keep the juice in place.
Your particular needs for a battery caddy may differ from mine. I'm thrilled to only need an AAA battery caddy. Everything from my wireless mouse to MP3 player and noise cancelling head phones run on the AAA battery. Your needs may vary.
While on the topic of taking battery power as you travel, there is another topic to address. Lithium-Ion batteries are really catching on, for good reasons. They really pack more power, don't have the memory effect the Ni-Cads do, and weigh less than other types of rechargable batteries. And they recharge quickly. Now for the bad news.
It is not permitted to put any Lithium battery in checked luggage. Lithium is related to sodium in the periodic table. Both of these metals really react strongly if they get air. A leaking Lithium battery would be a really bad hair day if it happened in the cargo hold of a plane at a cruising altitude. It is legal to put the charger in checked baggage however.
I'm thrilled to have found a way to 'be green', save money, and still have my noise-cancelling headphones while in the air.
Tcat Houser is an experienced road warrior. He finds that sometimes (not always) his own travel portal http://www.travel4roadwarriors.com saves him money. If you have travel tips to pass on, drop them at this domain addressing Tcat@.
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