Battery Chargers

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “battery charger” means a device that charges batteries for consumer products, including battery chargers embedded in other consumer products. 10 CFR 430.2

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE had issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for battery chargers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether it should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0013, by email (Batterychargers2020STD0013@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure for battery chargers. As part of this request, DOE seeks comment and data on whether there have been changes in product testing methodology or new products on the market since the last test procedure update that may necessitate amending the test procedure for battery chargers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has also gathered data, identifying several issues described in detail in this document that are associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment.

DOE has published Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers.

  • The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the new standards established for uninterruptible power supplies in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2022.

For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Standards

DOE had issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for battery chargers.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies Energy Conservation Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers. 85FR1447 (January 10, 2020)

The uninterruptible power supply conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2016-BT-STD-0022 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

Uninterruptible Power Supplies Energy Conservation Standards

The comment period is closed.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking        
Final Rule

*This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5


Battery Charger Energy Conservation Standards

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in June 2016 to established new energy conservation standards for battery chargers. 81 FR 38266  The battery charger energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2008-BT-STD-0005 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice request for information pertaining to test procedures for battery chargers. 85FR26369 (May 4, 2020).

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in May 2016 to revise the battery charger test procedure. 81 FR 31827(May 20, 2016).  The battery charger test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0044 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in December 2016 to add specific testing provisions for UPSs to the Test Procedures for Battery Charger. 81 FR 89806 (December 12, 2016.  The rulemaking docket EERE-2016-BT-TP-0018 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

 

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is close.

 


Current Standard

Battery Chargers manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 430.32(z)..


Current Test Procedure

Any representation regarding the energy consumption of battery chargers must be based on the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix Y. Upon the compliance date(s) of any energy conservation standard(s) for battery chargers, use of the applicable provisions of this test procedure to demonstrate compliance with the energy conservation standard will also be required.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for battery chargers.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR 430, Subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR 430, Subpart E.

ENERGY STAR®

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient at EnergySavers.gov.

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact information

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