On Feb. 2nd, 2016, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) published UL 2272 - Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters, applying our extensive experience of evaluating battery electrical systems for safety. UL 2272 takes a holistic approach to electrical system safety by considering not only the critical parts (including the cells, pack, motor, charger, and controls) but also the overall system safety. The CPSC issued a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards to urge them to make certain that the self-balancing scooters they “import, manufacture, distribute or sell in the United States comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272.
Laurie Florence, principal engineer with UL and lead on development of UL 2272, took the audience through the development process of UL 2272 and provided an overview of the critical requirements in the standard. Listeners will learn about UL’s certification programs for self-balancing scooters, future plans for the UL 2272 standard development including reaching consensus on the standard’s requirements with industry.
Topics covered in the webinar include:
- Background for UL 2272 development & incidents reported by CPSC
- Critical safety considerations for lithium ion battery systems in self-balancing scooters
- An overview of construction requirements and test requirements
- Certification information for products evaluated to UL 2272
- Summary of test samples needed to complete evaluation
- Review of CPSC’s February 18th, 2016 announcement regarding compliance to UL 2272
Recorded webinar also available in the Chinese language
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