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

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

Uninterruptible Power Supplies Energy Conservation Standards

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers. (December 28, 2016).

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 has published a Federal Register notice of final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for battery chargers 81 FR 38266 (June 13, 2016).

DOE recently undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in June 2016 to established new energy conservation standards for battery chargers. 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.

The comment period is closed.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Request for Information

Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule
  • Battery Chargers Energy Conservation Standard Final Rule,  Federal Register, 81 FR 38266 (June 13, 2016)
  • The effective date of this rule is August 12, 2016.
  • Compliance with the adopted standards established for
    battery chargers in this final rule is required starting on June 13, 2018

Test Procedure

UPS Test Procedure

DOE has pubished a Federal Register notice of final rulemaking that adds specific testing provisions for uninterruptable power supplies to the battery charger test procedure. 81 FR 89806 (December 12, 2016). The effective date of this rule is January 11, 2017. The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations made starting June 12, 2017.

DOE recently 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. 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 closed.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
 

Final Rule
  • Notice of Final Rule, Federal Register 81 FR 89806 (December 12, 2016)
  • The effective date of this rule is January 11, 2017.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations made starting June 12, 2017.

Test Procedure:

Battery Charger Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final rule pertaining to test procedures for battery chargers 81FR31827 (May 20, 2016).

DOE recently undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in May 2016 to revise the battery charger test procedure. 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.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Notice of Data Availability
(
EERE-2014-BT-NOA-0012)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule
  • Battery Chargers Test Procedure Final Rule, Federal Register, 81 FR 31827 (May 6. 2016)
  • The effective date of this rule is June 20, 2016.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations made starting November 16, 2016.


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.


Helpful Links

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

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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