Safety testing: intended use, reasonably foreseen misuse and more



The need for fast product development and pressure on prices often lead to shortcuts in proper full-range testing. Over the years we have seen less and less demand for safety testing, while this is the main area of new technology and change in purchase-quality/price your company should worry about.

Yes, your supplier should cover this part, and is liable for it. But the last thing you need after launching a (new) product is a safety-disaster that will hit the headlines and ruin your reputation.

So we believe it is much better to check the basics independently. Whether it is a new product, a new supplier, or a new/changed quality.


IEC has got specific test schedules outlined for each battery type. In general it comes down to two chapters: intended use and reasonably foreseen misuse. We can execute all of them, or a selection if thats more suitable.


If storage, transport or use is likely to take place under extreme conditions we advise extensive safety testing. We can provide a simulation in our computer controlled climate-equipment. Any variation in temperature between -40C and +150C, and humidity from

10 to 98% (+10C to +95C) can be chosen.


If required we can also execute discharge tests under the same conditions. This can provide a useful addition to the standard condition test results, and tell you more about real quality.