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Key Safety Certifications and Safety Testing for Power Banks

Tech-Certifications

 KEY SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS

With more people than ever using smartphones and digital tablets, there’s strong demand for safe, high-quality accessories to keep them powered up. Specifically, there are three certifications that many promotional products customers are looking for – MFi, UL and ETL.

Here’s a quick look at each.

  • MFi, or Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod, is a licensing program created by Apple that allows third-party developers to manufacture hardware approved for use with iPods, iPads and iPhones. When a product carries this special certification, you know it can be trusted to work with your Apple device.
  • UL is a global independent safety-science company, and its logo is universally recognized as a symbol of quality. Products that are UL Listed have been tested and verified as meeting that company’s published standards for safety.
  • The ETL Listed Mark is issued by Intertek, another independent safety-testing company. Similar to UL Listing, the ETL Listed Mark is proof that a product has been tested and is in compliance with globally recognized safety standards.

Ultimately, though, these symbols all mean the same thing – confidence. That’s why we continue to offer products bearing the MFi, UL and ETL symbols.

Our power banks undergo rigorous testing to ensure that when in use, they function safely and perform as expected every time. They are manufactured under the industry’s most comprehensive power bank safety program, testing overall quality in three categories: Functional, Situational, and Cosmetic and Packaging.

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SAFETY TESTING & PROCEDURES for this item

This power bank has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that when in use, it functions safely and performs as expected every time. It is manufactured under the industry’s most comprehensive power bank safety program, testing overall quality in three categories: Functional, Situational, and Cosmetic and Packaging.

Functional

This product has undergone a series of tests to ensure that when it’s in use, it functions safely and performs as expected every time.
A function test to ensure that the product does not catch fire, explode or short-circuit
A test of the product’s charging and discharging function
Testing whether indicator lights, power switches and other controls function correctly
Testing to ensure that connections with other products (e.g., phones, tablets, laptops) function correctly
Testing to ensure power bank capacity matches our specifications
Checks to ensure that interior components are approved per specification

Situational

 

It has been tested to ensure that it functions safely and performs as expected under specific conditions.

 

Ensure that short-circuit protection and over-current protection functions properly
Full charging and discharging by rated currents to record times and ensure that dangerous malfunctions don’t occur (e.g., catching fire)
Charging by rated current until power bank is full, then charging for another hour
Discharging by rated current until power bank is empty, then discharging for another hour
Abuse test of plugs, switches and controls
Drop testing of product and carton

Cosmetic and Packaging

The Cosmetic and Packaging inspection includes a visual check for dozens of potential flaws, with a focus on these areas:

 

General Appearance
Materials
Logo / Logo Printing Area / Marking
Workmanship / Appearance
Accessories (e.g., pouch or charging cable)