Shipping an Ebike/ Taking it on holiday

James Smalley

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Jan 18, 2016
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Good Day folks.

So I am currently looking to purchase an ebike, and my mind comes about to how easy it is to take the bike overseas, by plane.

Usually I pack my bike into a box and take it to the airport with me as well as my luggage case, pay a specific extra charge, as its an over size case etc. it goes in the hold and I pick it up along with my bags.

But how would I go on with the battery's. I understand airlines aren't happy with shipping batteries and most flag Ebikes for that reason. However, from my memory I dont recall ever being asked about battieries or whether I have to declare it as an ebike. Has anyone found ebike friendly airlines? or any guidelines/ pointers?

Cheers

Jim
 

flash

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flecc

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It is a definite no now. I did have DHL quickly fly one undeclared from China direct to me in the UK after the first concerns about lithium batteries arose, but that was in one of their own Boeing freighters (which are mostly very ancient anyway! :rolleyes:).

I think they'd be more astute about them now though.
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JuicyBike

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I did come across someone who had their ebike regularly carried in the hold when travelling, describing it as their mobility aid. They were in our workshop for a major repair under insurance after the airline had pretty much destroyed the bike though... (wasn't a Juicy)
I wouldn't risk it!
 
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craiggor

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The 36v 4ah 144 Wh power tool battery's that I use seem to fit in the 2nd category.Between 100 -160 Wh.Max 2 per person.They might think my wiring harness is part of a bomb though.
 
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