China's New Standards for Lithium Ion Batteries

Keith Kohl

Written By Keith Kohl

Posted August 5, 2015

There are a plethora of unqualified phone, tablet, and battery manufacturers in China, but the country has just implemented new legislation aimed at taking many of them off the market.

The GB 31241-2014 regulation states that all lithium-ion cells and batteries, as well as the devices that run them, must be brought to authorized laboratories to be tested. These items can then be certified by approved government bodies to be sold to the public.

Lithium batteries, as I’ve mentioned here before, (and then again here) are part of a fast-growing global market — and nowhere are they more important than in China, where the switch to clean energy is an immediate issue.

Remember, the country’s past record of high emissions has put pressure on it to cut down the air pollution — and lithium batteries are a very easy way to achieve this!

Lithium Battery ExplosionUnderstand that not only are these batteries completely pollution-free, but they offer higher voltage and energy density, meaning they can last longer and require less maintenance.

In China, lithium batteries are being used in phones, laptops, digital cameras, and increasingly personal and commercial vehicles.

Of course, the quality of the battery is of the utmost importance; incorrectly designed lithium batteries can catch fire and even explode, which can directly lead to a loss of property at best and a loss of life at worst.

So as lithium technology grows and flourishes, so too will the regulations deeming it safe for the public.

One major Chinese company, Shenzhen NTEK Testing Technology Co., Ltd., has already been granted the certification to test lithium-ion batteries for GB 31241-2014 adherence. The company now has the ability to approve batteries for Chinese CQC certificates, as well as Indian BIS and South Korean KC certificates.

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Until next time,

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