To ensure your lithium battery meets industry safety and performance standards, check if it is UL 1642 certified and make sure a certificate of compliance is issued to the manufacturer.
There are many factors that go into creating a high-performing, long-lasting and safe lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePo4). It is important to understand that not all lithium batteries are created equal. A UL 1642 lithium battery that is certified ensures it has gone through rigorous testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). They evaluate the entire process from internal battery chemistry all the way to the manufacturing and testing stages.
We will take a look at 3 main points to understand why a UL compliant battery is important:
- Why quality matters with lithium-iron-phosphate batteries
- UL contribution to safety standards in the battery industry and what it means to be UL Listed
- Canbat UL 1642 lithium battery certification
Why is quality important?
Lithium batteries are considered a Dangerous Good (DG) so it is important that they are tested thoroughly by a third party to ensure quality; especially when safety is of utmost importance.
One example of a UL 1642 certified battery is Canbat’s CLI100-12. This means it has met safety standard requirements and has endured simulated abuse testing based on Canbat’s specified charge and discharge parameters and also according to UL’s requirements. This makes it safe to use all in all deep cycle applications. Examples of these applications include RV, marine, solar systems, light electric vehicle applications and many more.
Why is it important for a battery to be tested by a third party like UL?
A third party like Underwriter Laboratories tests the battery and covers all main areas including electrical, mechanical and environmental requirements. UL also regularly inspects the battery at the factory to ensure quality standards remain high and continue to be made so that they meet the same critical safety components as when first assessed.
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UL contribution to safety standards in the battery industry
It is important that a lithium battery is tested by external independent experts that are unbiased. This also affects the industry’s acceptance of new leading-edge new lithium battery technology. For example, Canbat now uses advanced prismatic cells with this lithium line. Though they are more costly to manufacture; they provide higher energy density and weigh less than traditional older cylinder cells.
Other benefits of a high-quality UL certified lithium battery:
- Faster charging times – Canbat’s advanced lithium batteries can charge in just 2 hours
- Continuos power voltage throughout the discharge cycle – 12.8V at just 20% capacity
- Strong lithium iron phosphate composition that is sealed within the battery making it maintenance-free
- A built-in Battery Management System (BMS) that balances the cells and protects the batteries from abnormalities
Looking to see how lithium iron batteries compare with your old lead-acid batteries? check out our detailed comparison of lead-acid batteries and lithium-iron batteries.
Canbat UL 1642 lithium battery certification
Understanding what UL certificates mean is important to ensure you choose the right lithium battery for your RV, trolling motor, cabin or other equipment that will be in accordance with industry safety standards.
Not all lithium-iron-phosphate batteries are created equal. All Canbat Lithium batteries are UL certified and meet industry standards to make sure you end up with a safe, secure and sustainable product that also meets your performance expectations.