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Flying with UPS

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by kevinturcotte, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Mar 2, 2013 #1 of 33
    kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

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    I'm moving. Flying out on Sunday. I'd like to take my UPS with me instead of shipping it, if possible. I'd have it in my checked luggage. Is this fine/safe? Of course, all the UPS companies are closed during the weekend. Delta is too, and I have a feeling if I asked them about flying with a UPS, they wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about. So if a TSA agent finds a 25 pound electronic in my checked luggage, is there going to be an issue?
     
  2. Mar 2, 2013 #2 of 33
    phrelin

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    My inclination would be to ship it UPS. But I guess if you want it there with you....
     
  3. Mar 2, 2013 #3 of 33
    kevinturcotte

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    I kinda wanna use it immediately. However, I don't want another situation like when I flew in January when they made me throw away 3 bottles of unopened/sealed water lol "Yeah, just throw away your $200 UPS" lol
     
  4. Mar 2, 2013 #4 of 33
    David Ortiz

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    At the very least, the battery would need to be disconnected. If you try to fly with it, you should be prepared to leave the battery behind.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2013 #5 of 33
    armophob

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    Fedex it. I Fedex all my luggage now. The TSA risk is too great at the gate and the guys sifting through your luggage have first dibs on all electronics under the plane.

    I carry my laptop and my Kindle and two days worth of clothing.
     
  6. Mar 2, 2013 #6 of 33
    tgater

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  7. Mar 2, 2013 #7 of 33
    RasputinAXP

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    3rded. Whether or not you're actually permitted to bring batteries of that size on a passenger plane, even disconnected, it's one of those things the nice untrained folks at the TSA would freak out about. FedEx it and save yourself the pain.

    Edit: The answer's no. Anything larger than a drill battery is not supposed to be on the plane.

    http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org...fo/media/airline_passengers_and_batteries.pdf
     
  8. Mar 2, 2013 #8 of 33
    Nick

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    UPS your UPS ;)
     
  9. Mar 2, 2013 #9 of 33
    P Smith

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    I see the answer as yes.

    By the PDF:
    Actually, UPS doesn't use Li-Ion battery (check your UPS,perhaps NiMH). All that limits mostly apply to battery with Li content.
     
  10. Cholly

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    I'm in the "ship it" UPS or FedEx gang. If you are dead set on having a UPS available immediately upon relocation, spend the extra money, buying one at Sam's or even BB. You will probably always be aable to find a use for it.
     
  11. Herdfan

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    Or take the UPS and leave the battery. Find a Batteries Plus where you are going and buy a new one. Overweight baggage fees or shipping fees might make this the cheapest option.
     
  12. PokerJoker

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    UPS batteries are almost always of the sealed-lead-acid type. I personally wouldn't ever put them on the plane. Ever see the overcharge fees if you go over 50 lbs per bag? :eek2:
     
  13. peano

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    Ship it. A UPS is only needed in rare circumstances. Doubtful you will need it at your destination before your bigger items arrive.
     
  14. ts7

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    For what it would cost to overnight on a carrier or to pay the overweight fees on an airline, you could probably just about buy a new one and leave the old one for the next resident.
     
  15. PCampbell

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    They don't like batterys and don't know one from another type so be safe and ship. I have had parts removed from my tool kit.
     
  16. scooper

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    + 1 on the buy a new one when you get there. If you're going to ship one at all - then let it go with your other household goods. In the short term - you can probably get by just fine with a decent surge protector if you don't want to buy a new UPS.
     
  17. RasputinAXP

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    All of my UPSes are sealed lead-acid. No go for airplanes. They're definitely NOT NiMH.
     
  18. P Smith

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    Why "no go" ? That regulation didn't prohibit SLA batteries.
     
  19. 4HiMarks

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    Wow. From the title, I thought this was going to be a whole 'nother discussion, along the lines of booking passage on a "tramp steamer" instead of a passenger ship, back before transoceanic jets.
     
  20. RasputinAXP

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    Yes it did.

    A sealed lead-acid battery is none of those things. As for check baggage, "all the batteries allowed in carry-on baggage are also allowed in checked baggage." There's no allowance for a sealed lead-acid battery there, either.
     

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