The Complete Waste Battery Service
 BANK        COLLECT        SORT        RECYCLE
enquiries@g-pbatt.co.uk
0121 568 3200
Portable Batteries Banner

 

Ecobat Logo
Portable Batteries

The UK Battery Regulations define a portable battery or battery pack as one which is sealed, can be hand-carried without difficulty, and is neither an automotive nor industrial battery.

To help with this definition The Environment Agency has issued guidance to help clarify the open-ended question of what constitutes something that can be easily hand carried.

The Agency has said that any non-industrial battery that weighs less than 4 kg will definitely be portable. Any battery over 10kg will definitely be Industrial (unless it is Automotive). Between 4 and 10kg, the decision as to whether the battery is portable or industrial will depend on its size, shape and appearance (e.g. it may have carrying handles, in which case it is portable).

 

 

Chemistries and Applications

Portable batteries encompass a wide range of chemistries, shapes, sizes and applications.

The main chemistries and some example applications include the following, although this list is not exhaustive:

bullet point Lead acid batteries
    - Golf trolleys
    - Sit and ride toys
bullet point Alkaline/Zinc carbon batteries
    - Clocks
    - Torches
    - Toys
bullet point Primary (single-use) Lithium batteries
    - As an alternative to Alkaline
bullet point Secondary (rechargeable) Lithium Ion batteries
    - Mobile phones
    - Laptops
    - Power tools
bullet point Nickel cadmium batteries
    - As a rechargeable alternative to power tools
bullet point Nickel metal hydride batteries
    - As a rechargeable alternative to power tools
bullet point Silver oxidebatteries
    - Button cells used in watches or hearing aids
bullet point Mercury oxide batteries
    - Button cells used in watches or hearing aids
bullet point Zinc air batteries/Air depolarised batteries
    - Hearing aids
    - Clocks