Tips for Traveling with Mobile Solar Power Posted on 3 Apr 06:30
Mobile solar power helps hikers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers keep their equipment and electronic devices powered up during their expeditions.
However, reaching many of the best outdoor travel destinations requires an airplane ride. Here at Solar GOODs, we’re often asked if our portable photovoltaic kits can be taken on a flight.
The short answer is yes, you can take a solar panel kit on a commercial airline flight. But before you go traveling with your photovoltaic gear, it’s important to be sure you know the rules.
Follow the FAA Travel Guidelines for Mobile Solar Batteries
The Federal Aviation Administration has strict rules that regulate what you can and cannot bring aboard an airplane. Failing to follow their guidelines can result in travel delays. Worse, you could end up facing a hefty fine.
The components in your portable solar power kit are approved for international and domestic flights; however, they cannot be packed together in the same bag.
Your solar panels can be folded and stored in either your carry-on or checked luggage. The batteries, however, cannot be placed in checked luggage. They must travel with you in your carry-on bag.
In addition, the FAA has limits on solar batteries for air travel. Each battery you carry cannot exceed 100 watt-hours. If you need more power than that, you can check with your carrier. If the airline approves, you can pack up to two larger (spare) batteries of up to 160 watt-hours.
Test Your Mobile Solar Power Gear Before Your Trip
Portable photovoltaic panels and power-pack batteries are solid and reliable. You should be able to trust that yours will work well, regardless of whether your last outdoor trek was last week or last year.
Nonetheless, we suggest you pull out your photovoltaic gear and give it a test-run before you leave for your trip.
The last thing you want is to arrive at your off-the-grid destination, only to find you won’t be able to power up your necessary devices. Test your mobile solar power kit first and give yourself peace of mind.
Charge Up Your Mobile Solar Batteries Before You Leave
Travelling can be unpredictable. Your flight could be delayed, or you could miss a connection. Anything can happen, and you may not have the time or opportunity to charge up your power pack batteries — much less your phone — while en route.
Save yourself the headaches of dealing with dead gadgets by fully charging your portable solar batteries before you pack them in your carry-on bag. You’ll have extra power within easy reach, allowing you to relax and enjoy your travels.
Solar GOODs, your DIY superstore for energy independence, offers an extensive line of portable photovoltaic products. Explore our website today to find the perfect mobile solar power kit for your next outdoor adventure.