How to bring an electric wheelchair on a plane
Under the USDOT/IATA international aviation regulations, electric wheelchairs for individual users to bring wheelchairs on board the aircraft (storage storage) can basically be divided into two major categories of conditions (full UN38.3 certification is better):
First: Type of lead-acid battery. Electric wheelchairs with lead-acid batteries can be used on airplanes. Before boarding the airplane, lead-acid batteries need to be declared and certified. However, lead-acid batteries are heavier and inconvenient to carry and travel long distances.
Second, the type of lithium battery. For an electric wheelchair with one lithium battery, the battery power is less than 300W; or for two lithium batteries, each battery is less than 160W. You can get on the plane.
Before boarding the plane, you need to declare the battery power and wheelchair model. It is better to have direct certification . Sometimes airline ground staff may not be familiar with the conditions for getting a wheelchair onto the plane. If you want to buy an electric wheelchair that can be used on airplanes, it is best to look for a big brand or one with certification. For example, the battery and brand model of Zinger Chair / Joy Rider below have been approved by many airlines in Hong Kong and USDOT, IATA Airlines Specification certification.
If you want to transport lithium batteries in large quantities, they need to be transported according to the "Global Dangerous Goods Transport Tests and Standards". If they meet UN38.3, they can be transported as "unrestricted goods". UN38.3 actually includes a wider range of tests from T1 to T8. And 1.2m drop test, etc. For example, for our import and export, we need to process it, make sure it meets the above transportation requirements, and even submit battery composition and packaging testing.
UN38.3 Reporting example:
UN38.3 Notary and transportation requirements: http://www.intertek.com/energy-storage/un-transportation-testing/
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