February 27, 2018
Advanced Battery’s GreenSeal® batteries have been certified as a non-spillable battery using the standards approved by the Battery Council Industry and accepted by the Department of Transportation services for regulation of safe transport of dangerous goods. JBI Corporation an independent testing facility performed various tests required by BCIS Standard 21 such as Vibration Testing, Pressure Differential Testing and Rupture Testing.
JBI Corporation is an Independent Battery Testing Laboratory who specializes in the electrical and physical testing of lead acid batteries and cells. JBI has been in the battery testing business for over 30 years and has the experience, knowledge and equipment required to accurately perform the required testing.
The BCI Standard 21 establishes the standard guidelines for evaluating, selecting and testing batteries for the purpose of obtaining non-spillable certification per the applicable domestic and international transportation regulations. The testing procedures apply to batteries for classification as a non-spillable Battery. These batteries can be in single or multiple cell configurations.
The first test required is the Vibration Test. The first test run will be in the inverted position, the second run will be on the battery’s side, and for the final cycle the battery will be clamped in the up on end position. During the course of, and following, each Vibration Test Orientation, the battery is inspected for fluid leakage.
The Pressure Differential is the second test, and it is to be performed on the same battery that was Vibration Tested. The pressure differential shall be achieved by placing the battery inside a vacuum chamber. During the course of, and following the Pressure Differential Test orientation, inspection of the battery for fluid leakage is required.
The third and final test is the Rupture Test. This is to be performed on a new battery (not the same battery that received the Vibration and Pressure Differential Tests). To simulate a rupture, the casing will be slit. The battery is to be placed upright in the test chamber with a thermocouple on its outer case. The battery should be set in a tray that will collect any discharged liquid that may be lost in the test. The chamber temperature will be raised to 55°C±1 (131°F±2) over the course of an hour. Once the thermocouple reaches this temperature, the battery is to remain in the oven for four hours. Following this test, the battery and collection tray are inspected for leakage.
GreenSeal® Batteries successfully passed all three tests, and is the first commercially produced bipolar lead battery to pass this certification. Advanced Battery Concepts can now ships under the less restrictive guidelines of the transportation industry.