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NEMA Publishes ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications


4/28/2014 10:00 AM

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications.

This publication applies to portable rechargeable, or secondary, cells and batteries based on the following electrochemical systems:

  • Nickel-cadmium
  • Nickel-metal hydride
  • Lithium-ion including lithium ion polymer

Changes in this edition include:

  • alignment of definitions between all ANSI C18 standards
  • harmonization with IEC standards wherever possible
  • improved readability of the terminal arrangements section
  • included Li-ion polymer batteries
  • added storage adjusted capacity
  • added application charge performance test

Section 1 of this standard contains general information and all standardized performance and mechanical tests upon which all the specifications in Section 2 are based.

Section 2 specification sheets list those tests and requirements described herein that are required for each battery.

Part 2 of this standard describes all safety tests and requirements.

ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2013 may be purchased in electronic or hardcopy format for $94 on the NEMA website.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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