Battery Charging Systems Specification Version 2.0

The ENERGY STAR specification for battery charging systems is currently under revision. Materials related to this revision process are provided below. Partners and other interested parties with questions or concerns regarding these materials or the revision process can contact Katharine Kaplan, EPA, at This Web page will be updated periodically as new information is received.

Historical List of Battery Charging Systems Products - December 18, 2014
On December 30, 2014, the ENERGY STAR Battery Charging Systems specification is sunset. The ENERGY STAR label is no longer available for this product category. Manufacturers are required to cease using the ENERGY STAR name and mark in association with all BCS products manufactured on or after December 30, 2014.

Battery Charging Systems Sunset Announcement - February 27, 2014

The EPA decided to sunset the ENERGY STAR Battery Charging Specification effective on December 31, 2014.  For more information on this decision and the timeline please see the memo.

Battery Charging Systems Proposed Sunset Comments - December 30, 2013

Battery Charging Systems Proposed Sunset Comments - December 30, 2013
AHAM CEA Comments (PDF, 73 KB)
CA IOU Comments (PDF, 152 KB)
Canadian Tire Comments (PDF, 103 KB)
Positec Comments (PDF, 130 KB)
PTI Comments (PDF, 361 KB)
Wahl Comments (PDF, 108 KB)

ENERGY STAR Battery Charger Systems (BCS) Sunset Proposal

Stakeholders are invited to comment on this proposal to sunset the ENERGY STAR BCS product program. Any feedback or data you wish to share with EPA may be submitted via email to , no later than December 13, 2013.

BCS Sunset Proposal Memo (PDF, 118 KB)

Clarification to the current (Version 1.1) ENERGY STAR Battery Charging Systems (BCS) Program Requirements - August 12, 2011

Following manufacturer feedback regarding the treatment of "a la carte" chargers in the Version 1.1 program requirements, EPA has made several clarifications to the test method and eligibility criteria to ensure clarity and proper testing.

Comments Due on Draft 1 Version 2.0 Specification - January 15, 2011

BCS stakeholders submitted the following comments on the Draft 1 Specification to EPA. As agreed previously, EPA is delaying action on the specification until the release of the DOE test procedure final rule and energy conservation standards proposed rule for BCS, at which point it will consider the comments and incorporate its responses into the Draft 2 Specification.

AeroVironment Comments (PDF, 22 KB)
Benning Comments (PDF, 62 KB)
CCT Comments (PDF, 307 KB)
CEA Comments (PDF, 45 KB)
Delta-Q Comments (PDF, 37 KB)
Nokia Comments (PDF, 96 KB)
NRDC Comments (PDF, 134 KB)
Panasonic Comments (PDF, 197 KB)
Philips Comments (PDF, 56 KB)
TIA Comments (PDF, 300 KB)
VTech Comments (PDF, 208 KB)
VTech Comments 2 (PDF, 45 KB)

Webinar to Discuss Draft 1 Version 2.0 Specification for Battery Charging Systems - December 14, 2010

EPA hosted a webinar to present and solicit stakeholder comment on the previously released Draft 1 Version 2.0 specification for Battery Charging Systems (BCSs). During the webinar, several stakeholders expressed concern regarding the proposed timeline for development of the ENERGY STAR BCSs specification and requested that EPA delay its process until DOE completed portions of its standard development work.

EPA proposes to delay development of portions of the specification that would be impacted by the DOE test procedure and standard for consumer BCSs. Please note, however, that specification development relating to definitions, scope, nonactive power allowance, additional environmental benefits, and industrial BCSs will continue as scheduled, with comments due by January 15, 2011.

BCS Webinar Presentation (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Draft 1 Version 2.0 Specification for Battery Charging Systems - December 7, 2010

EPA released for stakeholder comment the Draft 1 Version 2.0 specification for Battery Charging Systems (BCSs). The final date for provision of comments on the draft specification will be January 15, 2010. EPA would also like to notify stakeholders that it will be hosting a Webinar to discuss the draft specification on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, from 11 am to 2 pm, Eastern Time. Please RSVP to by Friday, December 10, to receive Webinar information.

BCS Data Collection Sheets (EXCEL, 117 KB)

Stakeholder Announcement Letter - October 27, 2010

EPA sent a letter to stakeholders to update them on recent progress in the specification development process for Battery Charging Systems and provide a timeline of next steps.

Specification Revision Launch - March 9, 2010