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Certification Options for the U.S. Under UL 2272
One of the challenges the industry is seeing with hoverboards (or “self-balancing scooters”), and related battery-powered devices, is a lack of clarity around certification programs and standards. There are multiple efforts underway globally to address the issue and identify solutions for consumers, distributors, retailers, and manufacturers alike.
In the United States, UL 2272 is a draft standard proposed for hoverboards and similar devices. Any Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) can test and certify to the published draft standard. As such, it’s important to be familiar with the standard, and what NRTL’s are looking for as they test and, potentially, certify products.
The core requirements of UL 2272 focus on:
Upon release of the approved standard, updated designs or new evaluations may be required, so it’s important to stay in contact with the testing partner on any changes implemented before, or upon, the final release of the standard, as well as any later combination with pending certification standards from other bodies, like ASTM. For more insights on hoverboard safety and certification, download our free webinar.
Rich Byczek is the global technical lead for electric vehicle and energy storage at Intertek. He has more than 20 years of experience in product development and validation testing, and is an expert in the areas of energy storage, audio equipment and EMC. Rich sits on several SAE, IEC, UL and ANSI standards panels.