11 May 2018

Understanding Lithium Battery Standards

Lithium Battery Safety

Lithium and lithium-based batteries and battery packs are widely used in everything from mobile phones to electric cars. Therefore, lithium regulations have been developed to ensure their quality and safety. However, problems can arise when the regulations are constantly evolving.

Different regions around the globe have their own standards and governing entities, and it is worth familiarising yourself with the various standards and regulatory organisations if you or your company want to sell a product to a retailer or device manufacturer who requires all device components to be safety listed. Conversely, the standards also affect what a company can import and distribute within their region.

To someone new to battery testing and certification, the number of lithium battery standards, governing organisations, and regulations can be overwhelming. One problem is that these various standards and organisations sound all too similar: UL 1642; IEEE 1625; IEEE 1725; ISO/IEC 17025.

Plus, in addition to battery standards, there are technical committees (such as TC108) and sub-committees (such as SC 21A). And, of course, the organisations themselves: IEEE; IEC; IECEE.

Find Out More

To help navigate the regulatory maze of Lithium Battery Approvals, please take a few moments to read this handy guide.

For other useful information related to lithium transport, see the guides here.

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