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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 guidance states “From 1 January 2016 any battery over 4 kg will be classed as industrial. Batteries below 4 kg may still be classed as industrial if they are designed exclusively for professional or industrial use”.

 

 

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
    - 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