Sometimes, it is not recognisable at the first glance, if a product is an electrical device in the sense of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG = German WEEE conversion) or a battery in the sense of the Battery Act (BattG). This particularly applies for power banks.
This is mainly difficult for products, which are themselves the source of electrical energy and do also have other functions, such as a battery management system, control lamps, charge indicators, data storages, contact points to other products, time displays, alarms or functions that allow to listen to music or radio.
Therefore, the foundation EAR (German WEEE registration board) has recently published an application assistance to classify such devices, which you may view under this link.
According to the foundation EAR a product is a battery if it is itself the “source of electrical energy”, “which results from immediate conversion of chemical energy”.
This means, that not only purely conventional batteries, but also batteries or accumulators with battery management systems, charger interfaces and charge indicators are being regarded as batteries and fall below the Battery Act.
In general, a product is an electrical or electronic device according to the ElektroG if it includes batteries and other additional functions, such as lights, radios, cup warmers, alarm clocks or USB data storages.
We would like to ask you to check your product range with the help of this classification and, if applicable, adapt your quantity notifications for electrical and electronic devices as well as for your batteries.
If you have any further questions regarding this topic, the team of take-e-way will be at your disposal to assist you. Call +494021901065 or e-mail: service(at)take-e-way.com
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