Battery Standards

Listed below you will find some of the most common standards pertinent to batteries and battery pack applications.


General Battery Standards

Standard Number Title
IEC 60050 International electro technical vocabulary. Chapter 486: Secondary cells and batteries.
IEC 60086-1, BS 387 Primary Batteries - General
IEC 60086-2, BS Batteries - General
ANSI C18.1M Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte - General and Specifications
ANSI C18.2M Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries - General and Specifications
ANSI C18.3M Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries - General and Specifications
UL 2054 Safety of Commercial and Household Battery Packs - Testing
IEEE 1625 Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Mobile Computers
USNEC Article 480 Storage Batteries

Lithium Battery Standards

Standard Number Title
BS 2G 239:1992 Specification for primary active lithium batteries for use in aircraft
BS EN 60086-4:2000, IEC 60086-4:2000 Primary batteries. Safety standard for lithium batteries
BS EN 61960-1:2001, IEC 61960-1:2000 Secondary lithium cells and batteries for portable applications. Secondary lithium cells
BS EN 61960-2:2002, IEC 61960-2:2001 Secondary lithium cells and batteries for portable applications. Secondary lithium batteries
02/208497 DC IEC 61960. Ed.1. Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Secondary lithium cells and batteries for portable applications
02/209100 DC IEC 62281. Ed.1. Safety of primary and secondary lithium cells and batteries during transport
BS G 239:1987 Specification for primary active lithium batteries for use in aircraft
BS EN 60086-4:1996, IEC 60086-4:1996 Primary batteries. Safety standard for lithium batteries
UL 1642 Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries - Testing
GB /T18287-2000 Chinese National Standard for Lithium Ion batteries for mobile phones
ST/SG/AC.10/27/ United Nations recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Standards

Standard Number Title
BS EN 61436:1998, IEC 61436:1998 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Sealed nickel-metal hydride rechargeable single cells
BS EN 61808:2001, IEC 61808:1999 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Sealed nickel-metal hydride button rechargeable single cells
BS EN 61951-2:2001, IEC 61951-2:2001 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Portable sealed rechargeable single cells. Nickel-metal hydride
BS EN 61951-2:2003 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Portable sealed rechargeable single cells. Nickel-metal hydride
96/216533 DC IEC 1808. Sealed nickel-metal hydride button rechargeable single cells (IEC Document 21A/207/CD)
97/204158 DC IEC 1441. Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. User-replaceable batteries containing more than one sealed nickel-metal hydride rechargeable cell for consumer electronic applications (21A/212/CD)
00/246138 DC BS EN 61436 Ed 2. Sealed nickel-metal hydride rechargeable single cells (IEC Document 21A/303/CD)
GB/T18288-2000 Chinese National Standard for Nickel Metal Hydride batteries for mobile phones

Nickel Cadmium Battery Standards

Standard Number Title
BS EN 1175-1:1998 Safety of industrial trucks. Electrical requirements. General requirements for battery powered trucks
BS EN 2570:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries. Technical specification
BS EN 2985:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries of format A type
BS EN 2986:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries of format B type
BS EN 2987:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries of format C type
BS EN 2988:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries of format D type
BS EN 2991:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries of format E type
BS EN 2993:1996 Nickel-cadmium batteries of format F type
BS EN 60285:1995, IEC 60285:1993 Alkaline secondary cells and batteries. Sealed nickel-cadmium cylindrical rechargeable single cells
BS EN 60622:1996 Sealed nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS EN 60622:2003 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Sealed nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS EN 60623:1996, IEC 60623:1990 Vented nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS EN 60623:2001, IEC 60623:2001 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Vented nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS EN 60993:2002 Electrolyte for vented nickel-cadmium cells
BS EN 61150:1994, IEC 61150:1992 Alkaline secondary cells and batteries. Sealed nickel-cadmium rechargeable monobloc batteries in button cell design
BS EN 61440:1998, IEC 61440:1997 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Sealed nickel-cadmium small prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS EN 61951-1:2001, IEC 61951-1:2001 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Portable sealed rechargeable single cells. Nickel-cadmium
BS EN 61951-1:2003 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Portable sealed rechargeable single cells. Nickel-cadmium
BS EN 62259:2004 Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Nickel-cadmium prismatic secondary single cells with partial gas recombination
94/216281 DC Guide to the equipment manufacturers and users of alkaline secondary cells and batteries on possible safety and health hazards. Part 1:Nickel-cadmium. (21A/163/CD)
96/203612 DC IEC 1914. Technical report type 2. Alternative publication for vented nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells (IEC Document 21A/186/CDV)
98/203520 DC IEC 61959-1, ED.1. Mechanical tests for sealed portable alkaline secondary cells and batteries. Part 1. Secondary cells IEC DOCUMENT 21A/239/CD
01/202968 DC BS EN 60285. Ed.4. Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes. Sealed nickel-cadmium cylindrical rechargeable single cells
BS 5932:1980 Specification for sealed nickel-cadmium cylindrical rechargeable single cells
BS 6115:1981 Specification for sealed nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS 6260:1982 Specification for open nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
BS 3G 205:1983 Specification for lead-acid and nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries
GB/T18289-2000 Chinese National Standard for Nickel Cadmium batteries for mobile phones
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