Lithium Ion Battery Testing
Intertek provides a breadth of services to ensure the safety of Li-ion batteries during shipping and in consumer use.
The use of lithium ion batteries offers distinct advantages over conventional battery types, however in order to mitigate the risks associated with Li-ion batteries, Intertek offers testing and validation of lithium ion batteries, and lithium ion powered devices.
Our services include:
All lithium ion batteries are required to undergo testing to UN 38.3 prior to shipping. These test subject batteries and cells to conditions they would experience during shipping and handling, including extreme temperature conditions, shock, impact and short circuit testing to ensure the stability of batteries and cells.
Lithium Ion Safety and Certification Testing
Safety and certification testing addresses the handling and charging conditions of lithium ion batteries, as well as testing cells against extreme temperatures, voltages and currents. Testing includes IEC/EN 62133, UL 62133, CSA E62133, UL 1642, UL 2054, UL 2271, and UL 2272 (Outline of Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-balancing Scooters). UL 2272 applies specifically to the electrical drive train system for electric powered self-balancing scooters (otherwise known as hoverboards) – including power supply and battery packs. Intertek as an NRTL can test and certify to UL 2272. Certification to draft standard is for US-only.
Battery Charger Electrical Safety Testing
Battery charger testing takes into account the risks and safety hazards associated with ac powered devices which contain lithium ion batteries. This includes testing the potential for overheating and electric shock from the device. Testing includes IEC/EN 60950-1, IEC/EN 60335-2-29, UL 1310, UL 1012, UL 2575, UL 60950-1, CSA 22.2 #107.2, CSA 22.2#223, CSA E60335-2-29 and CSA 60950-1
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing
EMC testing works to ensure that any devices which contain lithium ion batteries will not malfunction due to a high level of electromagnetic interference (EMI), and that the devices themselves will not create EMI, causing nearby devices to malfunction. Testing includes to North America: FCC 47CFR Part 15; ICES-003 and to EU: EMC Directive 2004/108/EC.
*Changes once voted and approved may be implemented prior to final release – consult with Intertek on the latest updates on UL 2272.