Traveling with Batteries – Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer
Have you got plans to travel by air in the immediate future? Want to make sure you'll be able to take your vaping gear along and minimize any chances of running into problems with the security theatrics TSA is sure to subject you to during the process? Let's review some of the basics for traveling with vape gear.
First – vaping has been around long enough and is popular enough that your box mod and sub ohm tanks won't surprise TSA. They've seen it all before, so don't worry. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't take the effort to make guards' jobs as easy as possible, meaning they're less likely to target you for extra search/seizure attention.
Vape Liquids – e-liquid is the same as any other liquid – keep it in a container less than 3 ounces (90 ml), and stuff it into the same single quart-sized Ziploc baggie as your shampoo and soap. If you've got tanks full of liquid, they go in here too.
Box Mods – you're not supposed to vape in the airport or on the plane, so pull your batteries from your box mod, secure them in a plastic battery storage case, and keep that in your carry-on luggage along with your box mod and any charging gear – like your laptop, security may want to inspect this stuff and you want to have it handy so you can be there to answer questions when they do.
A special note for lithium polymer (LiPo) battery packs, or box mods with built-in battery cells – these should definitely go in your carry-on luggage! Make sure your box mod is powered down and not in a position where jostling or bouncing could accidentally activate it. It's particularly important to travel without a tank or atomizer attached to a LiPo device – since you've removed the batteries from your replaceable-cell box mod there's no chance they'll turn on, fire, and overheat in your bag, but without the option of removing a LiPo cell you need to take extra care to make sure there's zero chance your box mod will, even in an incredibly unlikely situation, turn itself on and start auto-firing.
For more, or to eliminate any confusion, click here for the official government guidelines on flying with vape gear. Bon voyage!