Published on 18 July 2023

Battery safe or battery cabinet, what’s the difference?

Everything you need to know about battery safes and battery cabinets

Storage of e-bike batteries can raise a lot of questions, especially if you, as a business owner, want to take responsibility for the safe storage of lithium-ion batteries.

What is allowed and what is not? How do you store these batteries safely and responsibly? And what exactly is the difference between a battery safe and a battery cabinet? In this article, we give you answers to these important questions.

Battery storage cabinets based on chemical cabinets

Many battery cabinets are based on chemical cabinets, also known as EN 14470-1 cabinets or PGS 37 cabinets. These types of cabinets have specific characteristics:

  • They are intended for storage of paints and solvents.
  • They protect the contents from fire starting outside the cabinet.
  • They are not designed to withstand a fire starting inside the case, which is the case with lithium-ion batteries.

What happens if a lithium-ion battery in a chemical cabinet catches fire?

  • The battery fire breaks out of the closet and spreads to your premises.
  • The doors of the cabinet can flip open if the battery explodes.
  • This releases toxic fumes that escape from the cabinet.
  • The outside of the cabinet becomes glowing hot.

Battery storage cabinets based on fire resistant safes: Batteryguard battery safe

On the other hand, you have battery cabinets that are based on fireproof safes, such as the Batteryguard. We designed our cabinets specifically to store lithium-ion batteries safely in them. Unique features:

  • They protect the surrounding area from a fire starting inside the cabinet.
  • The doors of the cabinet remain closed even in the event of a battery explosion inside.
  • The outside of the cabinet remains cool.
  • Toxic fumes are discharged (if connected) or remain inside the cabinet.
  • The Batteryguard battery safe is the first tested safe and recommended by insurers.

Invest in safety with a fireproof battery safe

Choose safety and invest in a fireproof battery safe that keeps the battery fire inside the battery safe. Also, consult with your insurer and make a plan where together you assess the risks for your situation. The Batteryguard battery safe is recommended by insurers.

Want to know more about PGS-37 cabinets and regulations? Then read our blog on safe storage of batteries and learn why PGS 37 cabinets do not meet lithium battery safety standards.

Curious about all the possibilities?

Our safes specialists will be happy to advise you on our Batteryguard battery cabinets.

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