UL Revises Standard for Battery Chargers for Charging Engine-Starter Batteries

Battery starterUL has revised UL 1236, the standard for “battery chargers for charging engine-starter batteries.” The revision is to supplements SE and SC, to allow a communication interface to take the place of physical meters and alarms. The complete eighth edition or just the revised pages can be purchased from UL’s website.

Description from UL’s website:

These requirements cover battery chargers rated 600 volts or less and intended for household or commercial use to charge lead-acid engine-starter and other starting, lighting, and ignition (SLI) type batteries, in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70. The requirements also cover a battery charger intended to be permanently installed on a boat.

A battery charger for use with an internal combustion engine driving a centrifugal fire pump shall comply with the requirements of this Standard and the applicable requirements for the end product.

These requirements do not cover the following types of battery chargers:

a)    Battery chargers for use in industrial applications as covered by the Standard for Industrial Battery Chargers, UL 1564;

b)    Battery charger systems for use in electric vehicle applications covered by the Standard for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging System Equipment, UL 2202;

c)    Battery chargers for use with portable tools or household appliances as covered by the Standard for Power Units Other Than Class 2, UL 1012, or the Standard for Class 2 Power Units, UL 1310; and

d)    Battery chargers for fire protection signaling service.


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