Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Issued New, Mandatory Requirements for Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems
On October 31, 2018, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations in which they added new requirements for Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems. These new, mandatory product energy efficiency requirements will go into effect on April 30, 2019.
The NRCan Requirements
NRCan’s Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations outlines the following mandatory requirements for Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems:
- The Amendment was issued on October, 31, 2018 and will go into effect on April 30, 2019. Any Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems (described below) manufactured on or after June 13, 2019 are required to comply with CAN/CSA-C381.2-17 Energy performance of battery-charging systems and uninterruptible power supplies. This Standard covers the test requirements used to measure battery charger energy consumption for battery chargers intended to be operated from 115V AC, 60HZ line voltage connected by plug to wall receptacles or existing DC sources (such as automotive power jacks or USB ports).
- A Battery Charger is defined as a device that charges batteries, including battery chargers embedded in other products. Note: A battery charger can consist of multiple components, have more than one enclosure, and be all or partially contained in the product. Examples of this include Wall Plug-In Chargers for Mobile Phones, Home Appliances, Power Tools, and other Battery-Powered Equipment.
- A Battery Charging System is defined as a battery charger and a detachable or integral battery, intended to power a cordless product as designed and offered for sale by the original equipment manufacturer. Examples of these include Mobile Phone Chargers aka Power Banks, Portable Power Packs, Spare Batteries, Power Tools, Electric Toothbrushes, Wireless Speakers.
- Effective as of June 13, 2019, the use of a nationally recognized Verification Mark will be required for Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems (described below).
- For Battery Chargers the Verification Mark may be placed on the product package, especially in cases where the products are too small to hold a label.
- Products covered by Amendment 14:
- Essentially any product with a battery that needs to be charged to operate.
- Only Consumer type battery chargers as defined as any article (other than a vehicle as defined by the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act) of a type
- Which in operation consumes, or is designed to consume, electrical energy; and
- Which, to any significant extent, is distributed in commerce for personal use or consumption by individuals.
- Products exempted:
- A “medical device” as defined in Section 1 of the Canadian Medical Devices Regulations;
- Back-up battery chargers; and
- DC output uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
UL Is Here To Help
UL is ready to help manufacturers test and certify products to the NRCan energy efficiency regulations. UL can test Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems at multiple UL locations including UL Northbrook, IL and UL Fremont, CA locations. Battery Chargers and Battery Charging Systems are in our scope of accreditation and we can issue certifications for this. The UL Green Leaf Mark is a widely recognized, approved and accepted mark by NRCan and the Provinces.
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.854.3577 to learn more about the new NRCan requirements and how UL can help you.