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Air Transport Regulations for Lithium Batteries

1. Passenger flights regulations

Battery

IATA

  • No regulations for batteries that contain less than 2g of Lithium.

FAA

  • For device batteries, the FAA recommends a limit of 0.3 grams or less per lithium metal cell or 2.7 watt-hours per lithium ion cell.
Success

Our 1500 mAh batteries contain 0,1g of Lithium so we are way below the limits.

Radio emission

IATA

  • Tracking devices must comply with FAA guidance 91-21-c or EASA.
  • AMC and GM to Part-CAT – Issue 2, Amendment 1 or subsequent versions of such guidance.

FAA

  • The PED must be designed with a minimum of two independent means to turn off completely, turn off cellular or mobile functions, or a combination of both when airborne.
Info

Sigfox does not fall under the mobile/cellular or PED definition of the FAA. The device may use low-powered wireless communications during flight without the need to comply with paragraph 10.2.1. RTCA DO-363:

“Experience shows that low-power emission levels do not affect aircraft systems. The low-power emission limit is 100mW EIRP (equivalent isotropic radiated power - 100 mW is 20 dBm, so we are fine in RC1 but RC2/4 are 200 mW). Wireless communication standards which are limited to this level do not need to be analyzed for backdoor coupling.

2. Cargo regulations

Regulations for transporting lithium batteries on cargo planes are defined by these 33 standards:

33 standards part 1

33 standards part 2

Standard Simple Hardware Batteries Compliant
CE type approval ✔️
IEC-86-4 ✔️
UL1642 ✔️
EN60086-4 ✔️
UN 38-3 ✔️
Sea shipment ✔️
ROHs ✔️

Folder with all the certificates