Can I remove the battery?
Yes, but it will require standard tools and about 15 minutes of your time.
Someone on Facebook posted this recently for that exact reason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47OV1dzlNPU
They carry-on the battery and check the board.
Is it possible to take just the battery as a carry-on? I always heard that the battery is the reason why electric boards aren't allowed in flights. Is it also possible in international flights?
I'm also going to USA in a couple of weeks and would love to bring my second Onewheel back home.
Yes and many do. The OW+ battery is 130Wh and per TSA guidelines any battery between 101-160Wh is permitted with "airline approval". TSA website has this spelled out.
There's been 3 ways people travel with boards:
- Take entire board, fully assembled, as a carry on item. Most report no hassle from TSA or airline and it just barely fits in the overhead compartment.
- Check the entire board. TSA allows this size battery checked but it is supposed to have airline approval. Only a couple people have landed and found their board held at the airport they departed from, but there is a small chance.
- Carry on the battery and check the rest of the board. This seems to have the highest success rate but even then a couple folks have had the board denied for "other electronics in it".
I haven't tried flying with it yet... but I'd say it's a 90% success rate. A bunch of folks have someone drive laps around the airport until they are through security and boarded.
Also, if you’re not in the OW Facebook group, this is a great source of community supplied information:
Yes, you can remove the battery from your car. You should knowledge about battery terminals (+ve, -ve) and connect them same as they are.
I just came back from US with my brand new OW+! I used the method you described as the best. Battery as carry on and board checked without the battery.
I used the video mentioned as a guide to disassemble it and printed all wiki documents. I flew with AA from JFK NY. I was pretty transparent at AA desk and while going through TSA. No documents asked.
I really wanted to thank you and all the Onewheel community!!
@mnsc Awesome! Glad you and it made it home!
On a related note, I am traveling back from the US to Canada and I brought one hoverboard battery pack for my Carvepower rig. I had it as carry on and pulled out on the tray in case TSA wanted to inspect it. It just went through without issues. I had some documentation in case I was asked about it. I guess it is better to be prepared than not. I bought two packs and decided to only bring one through in case I would lose it. Now that I have one through, I hope I will have the same success when I bring the second one through on a subsequent trip to the US.