The Battery Directive

The Battery Directive regulates the manufacture, supply and disposal of batteries in the EU. It heavily affects handheld and mobile devices. This directive has an objective of reducing the amount of hazardous substances used in the manufacture of batteries e.g., lead, mercury, cadmium, etc., and better waste management of batteries. The Batteries Directive places design and labelling requirements on all batteries, including internally attached batteries supplied as part of an overall product.

For this reason this legislation heavily affects handheld and mobile devices. This directive requires manufacturers to design electrical and electronic equipment so that waste batteries can be readily removed. Manufacturers are also required to provide removal instructions along with details of the type of batteries. These requirements do not apply to equipment where a permanent connection with the battery is required in order to ensure continuity of power supply for safety, performance, medical, or data integrity reasons.

The exact laws can differ country by country and Avnet Abacus works within the guidelines set out for each region and will guide customers through their product design and development process to ensure that they comply with the relevant regulations.

IEC 62133 Battery Directive

IEC 62133 is the most important standard for exporting Lithium-Ion batteries, including those used in IT equipment, tools, laboratory, household and medical equipment. Brought into effect on 1st May 2012, all cells and batteries must be fully tested to IEC 62133 for CB certification.

Avnet Abacus' batteries and battery packs are approved to IEC 62133 and UL2054 – in stock and ready to use to ensure your products comply.

Manufacturer MSDS Statements

For individual MSDS Statements from our manufacturers, please visit the relevant manufacturer pages on our website.

UK Take Back Scheme

In the UK Avnet Abacus operates a take back scheme for used battery products. Personal Callers can deposit their waste batteries at our Logistics Centre at the address below:

Avnet Logistics Services
Dalewood Road
Lymedale Business Park
Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

European Power Legislation

Power efficiency guidelines are intended to save energy in the production and use of power supplies.

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REACH and RoHS compliance

Learn more about our dedication to protect human health and the environment.

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WEEE aims to minimise the impacts of electrical and electronic equipment on the environment during their life times and when they become waste.

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