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NEMA publishes standard for portable primary cells and batteries.

Press Release Summary:

Jun 11, 2009 - NEMA has published ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte - General and Specifications. Produced by ANSI C18 committee on Portable Cells and Batteries, it provides requirements/information related to consumer batteries, with specifications for nomenclature, dimensions, polarity, terminals, marking, test conditions, and procedures. Chemical system, tests for popular consumer batteries, and reformatted battery specification sheets have been added.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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NEMA Publishes ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte - General and Specifications

Press release date: Jun 08, 2009

ROSSLYN, Va., June 8, 2009 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte - General and Specifications. The standard was produced by the ANSI C18 committee on Portable Cells and Batteries, and was last revised in 2005.

ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 provides general requirements and information related to primary consumer batteries, with specifications for nomenclature, dimensions, polarity, terminals, marking, test conditions, and procedures.

Revisions to the document include the addition of a new chemical system, new tests for popular consumer batteries, and reformatted battery specifications sheets.

"ANSI C18.1M, Part 1 aims to ensure interchangeability of products from different manufacturers; minimize proliferation of cell and battery types; define performance standards; and provide guidance to consumers, manufacturers, and designers. With the addition of new material and improved formatting, this latest revision meets these goals admirably," said Steven Wicelinski PhD, C18-1 chair.

The contents and scope of ANSI C18.1M, Part 1-2009 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $88, by visiting www.nema.org/stds/c18-1m1.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or global.ihs.com.

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