Manufacturers of Lithium Batteries are required to submit their battery assemblies for testing before they are deemed to be safe for transportation.

Alphatech provide the facilities to perform such testing in accordance with the requirements of the following standards:

  • UN Manual of Test and Criteria for the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Section 38.3
  • BS EN 62133: Safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells and batteries.

The standards prescribe environmental, mechanical and electrical tests to be performed on both cells and batteries.

As an example, a Secondary Battery Pack to be tested to UN 38.3 would be subjected to:

  • Altitude
  • Thermal cycling
  • Sinusoidal vibration
  • Mechanical shock
  • External short circuit
  • Overcharge

And a secondary battery pack to be tested to BS EN 62133 would be subjected to:

  • Moulded case stress
  • External short circuit
  • Free fall
  • Overcharge
  • Transport (as per UN 38.3 above)

The testing will depend on whether the test items are cells or batteries, primary or secondary and also on their capacity and size.

If you require further information, Alphatech would be happy to discuss your specific testing requirements.