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Setting the Standard: UL Introduces the First Dedicated Safety Standard UL 2056 for Power Bank Industry

October 20, 2015

HONG KONG, Oct. 13, 2015 — UL, a global leader of product safety testing and certification for over 120 years, announced today the launch of its first dedicated testing and certification services for the power bank manufacturing industry at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. Tested to UL 2056, the new program specifically addresses the global gap in safety standards for power banks, safeguarding consumers against bodily harm and property damage, as well as helps protect manufacturers from the risk of expensive recalls and damaged reputations.

The requirements of UL 2056 cover power banks, sometimes also known as portable USB chargers or portable back-up battery power, which are standalone devices that incorporate batteries for mobile powering of low voltage electronic devices. The standard applies to products with their input supplied by dc power source rated maximum 60 Vdc and their output providing dc output(s) rated maximum 60 Vdc. Some testing items include electrical and mechanical testing to UL 2054, verification testing of the marked input current and marked capacity, testing of power overload of output ports as well as testing of flammability of integral PV cells (where applicable).

“Through the new program, manufacturers can demonstrate their power banks are in compliance of UL’s stringent testing requirements and safe for end users.  A product carrying a trusted UL Mark will give a confidence to consumers as it means that the sample product has been gone through a series of in-depth evaluations by UL expert engineers,” said Barry Yu, general manager for Greater China, UL’s Consumer Technology Division.

“UL has been taking the lead in developing safety standards for technology products so as to guide and provide immense value to developer and manufacturers of the entire consumer technology industry, helping get their products to the market efficiently,” Yu added.

Apart from the new service for power bank, UL is also showcasing its latest compliance solutions for new technology such as Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and global market access for wireless devices, wearable as well as 3D printing products at the 35th Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), Booth No: M4-A49, from now till October 16 (Friday), at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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