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Reference EN 62281:2013
Title Safety of primary and secondary lithium cells and batteries during transport
Project Number 23929
Abstract/Scope IEC 62281:2012(E) specifies test methods and requirements for primary and secondary (rechargeable) lithium cells and batteries to ensure their safety during transport other than for recycling or disposal. Requirements specified in this standard do not apply in those cases where special provisions given in the relevant regulations, listed in 7.3, provide exemptions. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition, published in 2004, and constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - distinction between small and large cell or battery by gross mass rather than by lithium content or Watt-hour rating ('nominal' energy); - combination of the no mass loss (NM) and no leakage (NL) criteria into one criteria (NL); - extension of an acceptable mass loss of 0,2 % from 5 g to 75 g mass of a cell or battery; - reduction of large batteries to be tested under tests T 1 to T 5 and T 8 from 4 to 2 samples; - reduction of test samples required for small battery assemblies (5.2.2); - reduction of the vibration amplitude to 2 g for large batteries in T-3 vibration test method; - replacement of the impact test by the crush test for prismatic, pouch, button, and coin cells as well as cylindrical cells with no more than 20 mm in diameter. Keywords: safety during transportation, primary and secondary (rechargeable) lithium cells and batteries


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2013-03-08
Current Stage code deadline 2013-10-09
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IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 35
Reference Document IEC 62281:2012 (EQV)
ICS 29.220.10 - Primary cells and batteries
Keywords Lithium cell; Battery; Primary; Secondary; Transport
Note Supersedes EN 62281:2004*2012-12-18: Publication allocated to
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6060 2013-03-08 2013-10-09 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2013-01-09 2013-02-06  
5060 2012-11-05 2012-11-26 export to doc file  EN
5020 2012-08-31 2012-11-02  
3090 2012-08-21 2012-08-24  
5060 2012-05-14 2012-06-04 export to doc file  EN
5020 2011-12-09 2012-05-11  
1090 2011-12-06 2011-12-09  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2013-01-09
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2013-03-08
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2013-04-09
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2013-10-09
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2016-01-09


Supersedes EN 62281:2004
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) EN 61960
EN 62133
EN 62660-1

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(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

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