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NEMA publishes specifications for rechargeable batteries.

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Jun 20, 2007 - Published by NEMA, ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2007 for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries, covers general requirements and information, such as applicable definitions, general descriptions of dimensions, terminal requirements, design conditions, and test requirements. According to Ramesh Shah, chairman of ANSI C18.2 subcommittee, publication applies to portable rechargeable or secondary cells and batteries based on Ni-Cad, NiMH, and Li-Ion electrochemical systems.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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Nema Publishes ANSI C18.2m, Part 1-2007 for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries-General and Specifications

Press release date: May 24, 2007

ROSSLYN, VA, May 24, 2007-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2007 for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries-General and Specifications. Part 1 covers general requirements and information, such as applicable definitions, general descriptions of battery dimensions, terminal requirements, marking requirements, general design conditions, and test requirements, as well as specification sheets for various types of cells and batteries.

Safety requirements are covered in ANSI C18.2, Part 2 for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries-Safety Standard, a separate document.

According to Ramesh Shah, chairman of the ANSI C18.2 subcommittee, this publication applies to portable rechargeable, or secondary, cells and batteries based on nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, and lithium-ion electrochemical systems, which include rechargeable batteries interchangeable with primary batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V). Industries that use these products include cameras, toys, and portable computers.

"The standard contains general information, standardized performance and mechanical tests, specification sheets, and all safety tests and requirements," Shah said. "This edition adds consumer product acceptance procedures, such as clarification of rated capacity, cycle life, and application charge capacity."

The contents and scope of ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2007 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $75.00 by visiting NEMA's website at www.nema.org/stds/c18-2m1.cfm , or by contacting IHS at (800) 854-7179 (within the U.S.), (303) 397-7956 (international), (303) 397-2740 (fax).

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