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Battery testing according to UN 38.3, IEC 62133, IEC 62619 and other standards

Ensure the safety of your lithium-ion battery transportation in order to access new markets

We  cover a wide range of lithium-ion battery testing standards in our battery testing laboratories. We are able to conduct battery tests for the United Nations requirements (UN 38.3) as well as several safety standards such as IEC 62133, IEC 62619 and UL 1642 and performance standards like IEC 61960-3. With this, we support you in ensuring that your batteries can be transported safely, enabling access to markets worldwide according to the applicable legal requirements.

WHAT IS BATTERY TESTING ACCORDING TO UN 38.3, IEC 62133 and other standards?

Over the years lithium batteries have become more heavily regulated as they're used in various electric devices and wider fields of application globally. The safety and reliability of lithium batteries is therefore governed by various international standards.

One of these standards is Regulation UN 38.3. Classified as a class-9 dangerous goods by the United Nations, batteries need to meet requirements specified in UN 38.3 Regulation which details the specifics that must be fulfilled to safely transport lithium cells and batteries (by air, sea, land). The standard, which is recognised by regulators and custom authorities around the world, is also seen as an important gateway to access global markets. From a technical perspective, UN 38.3 testing can be performed on cell, module or pack level and represents a combination of rigorous mechanical, electrical and most importantly environmental exposures designed to assess a battery's stability during transportation. 

In addition to UN 38.3, there are safety standards such as IEC 62133, IEC 62619 and UL 1642 as well as performance standards, for example IEC 61960-3.


Lithium-ion batteries are now used across a vast range of battery-powered equipment. They're found in everyday products such as smartphones, laptops and power tools, and are also used in electric vehicles and electricity grids. In general, improperly designed lithium batteries can pose hazardous dangers.

If you design products that use lithium-ion batteries, testing the safety and performance of lithium batteries according to standards such as UN 38.3, IEC 62133, IEC 62619 or UL 1642 therefore becomes incredibly important to ensure they are safe for battery transportation, in order to legally enter foreign markets.

By conducting the relevant lithium-ion battery tests, you can gain the following benefits:

  • Ensure that you are able to transport your battery products safely and according to legal requirements.
  • Save time and money with reliable tests.
  • Stay ahead of competitors by accessing new global markets faster.


In our accredited international network of testing laboratories we provide comprehensive testing against all major lithium-ion battery testing standards. We offer UN 38.3 testing, UL 1642 lithium batteries assessments, IEC 62133, IEC 62619 certification and more.

Especially for UN 38.3 our testing capabilities ranging from batteries exposure to low-pressure, low-temperature condition as found in aircraft cargo compartment, all the way to short circuit test that simulates external terminal short of cells or batteries in the event of impact during transportation.

Our experts draw on many years of experience testing lithium-ion batteries and contribute to the development of global standards.

We also offer CB certification for products containing lithium-ion batteries to further facilitate global market access for your products.


TÜV SÜD's international network of accredited laboratories offers a wide variety of lithium-ion battery tests and certifications, including:

  • UN 38.3 tests for shipping and battery transportation. More specifically, we offer:
    • Thermal Test
    • Altitude Simulation
    • Shock test
    • Impact
    • Vibration resistance
    • External Short Circuit
    • Overcharge
    • Forced Discharge
  • Tests according to IEC 62133-1 safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells (and for batteries made from them) for use in portable applications – Part 1: Nickel systems
  • Tests according to IEC 62133-2 safety requirements for portable sealed secondary cells (and for batteries made from them) for use in portable applications – Part 2: Lithium systems
  • IEC 60086 primary battery tests
  • Test according to IEC 62619 for industrially used batteries
  • UL 1642 lithium battery tests
  • IEC 61960-3 test for prismatic and cylindrical lithium secondary cells and batteries made from them
  • Test according to customer-specific requirements
  • CB certification (for example according to IEC 62133)

For more information about battery transportation testing, please contact us today.

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