Distinction between batteries and electrical devices
For products such as powerbanks or the batteries installed in e-bikes, it is often difficult to draw a clear line between batteries and electrical devices. stiftung ear has therefore published a guideline. The following examples are given:
Battery (provided it is a source of electrical energy that is produced through the direct conversion of chemical energy):
E-bike batteries, also with charge indicator and with different charging interfaces;
Rechargeable batteries, also with charge indicator (e.g. for power tools and gardening tools);
Powerbanks, also with charge indicator and with different charging interfaces.
Electrical devices containing batteries (if designed for operation within the voltage limits defined in § 3 No. 1 ElektroG):
Powerbanks with additional functions, e.g. luminaire, radio, cup warmer, alarm clock, USB data storage device
If your devices are classified as batteries, we will be happy to assist you in registering them with the authorities in accordance with the Batteries Act (BattG), for 50 € plus VAT per year. We look forward to your inquiry!
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