Testing where safety is the issue

Lithium and lithium ion batteries are becoming the preferred choice for portable power on electrical and electronic devices. However, safety risks associated with lithium technology have driven the development of international regulations governing their shipping and transportation.

Regulations require tests be performed on primary lithium and lithium ion cells and batteries. The tests are based on the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations and UN Manual of Tests and Criteria and include the following:

  • UN Manual of Tests and Criteria Part III, Sub-Section 38.3
  • T1: Altitude
  • T2: Thermal Cycle
  • T3: Vibration
  • T4: Shock
  • T5: Short Circuit
  • T6: Impact (cells only)
  • T7: Overcharge
  • T8: Forced Discharge (cells only)
  • Altitude and Thermal Cycle "T" tests
  • Vibration "T" tests

Elite routinely performs all “T” tests in accordance with the UN Recommendations including the open circuit voltage and mass loss evaluations.

We can test single sets of batteries for all tests or combine multiple sets of samples in our large thermal and altitude chamber. Similarly, we can arrange multiple sets of batteries on our vibration slip tables. Combining multiple battery sets is an effective means to reduce overall test costs.