Travelling with fuel cells
Batteries and battery banks are not fuel cells. For additional information on travelling with batteries, please see the Travelling with batteries, power banks and battery-operated devices page.
These are not allowed:
- Fuel cells that only charge a battery in a device
- Fuel cells that can charge the battery in a device when it is not in use
- More than two spare fuel cell cartridges per person
- Fuel cells containing fuel in checked-in baggage (but you can take them as carry-on)
- Refuelling on the plane, unless you are simply installing a spare cartridge
- Any fuel cells or cartridges that do not comply with the requirements below
Fuel cell and cartridge requirements
Fuel cells must be of a type that will not charge batteries when the portable electronic device is not in use. To be allowed in checked-in or carry-on baggage, a fuel cell or cartridge must meet these requirements.
Each fuel cell and cartridge must be marked by the manufacturer with:
- Certification that it conforms to IEC 62282-6-100 Ed. 1 including amendment 1
- The maximum quantity and type of fuel it contains
- The words 'APPROVED FOR CARRIAGE IN AIRCRAFT CABIN ONLY'
Types of fuel
These are the only fuel types allowed:
- Flammable liquids
- Corrosive substances
- Liquefied flammable gas
- Water-reactive substances
- Hydrogen in metal hydride
Amount of fuel
Fuel cells containing fuel are not allowed in checked-in baggage. Separate spare cartridges are allowed in checked-in baggage and carry-on baggage (up to two cartridges total per person).
For each type of fuel, here is the maximum amount a fuel cell or cartridge may contain:
- Liquids, 200ml
- Solids, 200g
- Liquefied gases in:
- non-metallic fuel cells or cartridges, 120ml
- metal fuel cells or cartridges, 200ml
For hydrogen in metal hydride, the fuel cell cartridges must have a water capacity of 120ml or less.