​Electrical Certifications: What you Need to Know​

At Docking Drawer we're proud to be the market leader of in-drawer electrical outlets. Offering a full array of solutions, we are committed to charging and powering today's connected lifestyle with innovative solutions. Best of all, every outlet is electrically certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTLs). But we get a lot of questions about what that means. So we're going to explain in plain English the difference between being ETL-listed, UL-listed and Recognized.

3 Types of Listings: ETL-listed, UL-listed and Recognized

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Certification

Listed

(This is the Electrical Listing mark that Docking Drawer Uses)

Listed

Recognized

Country

US and Canada

US and Canada

US and Canada

Definition

The product in question meets industry and safety standards and has passed the UL’s full battery of tests. Products that are certified to safety-related standards have been evaluated with regard to all reasonably foreseeable safety-related hazards, including fire, electrical shock and mechanical hazards.

Because “ETL or UL Listed” status has more restrictions and is harder to achieve than “UL Recognized” status, many products not expected to be used in harsh environments are not subjected to this expensive testing.

The product in question meets industry and safety standards and has passed the UL’s full battery of tests. Products that are certified to safety-related standards have been evaluated with regard to all reasonably foreseeable safety-related hazards, including fire, electrical shock and mechanical hazards.

Because “ETL or UL Listed” status has more restrictions and is harder to achieve than “UL Recognized” status, many products not expected to be used in harsh environments are not subjected to this expensive testing.

“UL Recognized” usually applies to components that meets applicable industry standards. In some situations, specific types of components may be incomplete in construction or restricted in performance capabilities. These components are “Recognized” and may be suitable for factory installation on other equipment, where the limitations of use are known to the manufacturer and where their use within such limitations may be investigated by UL.

Using UL Recognized components makes it easier for a product to achieve and maintain UL Recognized approval

Liability

Installing Listed solutions means that the MANUFACTURER accepts responsibility for the in-drawer outlets intended use.

Installing Listed solutions means that the MANUFACTURER accepts responsibility for in-drawer outlets intended use.

Installing Recognized solutions means the SPECIFIER and INSTALLER assume the responsibility for in-drawer outlets intended use. Know your risk.

In short, “ETL Listed and UL Listed” tends to be for complete devices which are ready to be purchased and installed wherever they need to be, and is more difficult and expensive to obtain than “UL Recognized.” “UL Recognized” is more for specific subcomponents used to create a product or device, is easier and less expensive to obtain than ‘Listed’, and using these parts makes it easier for your end product to attain UL Listing.

Electrical Certifications in Plain English

OSHA - Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories

For example, Interteck (ETL), TUV, and UL are all Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) which are independent laboratories recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). All are internationally accredited labs capable of testing to a variety of standards including UL962a and CSA C22.2 (Canada).

All Docking Drawer outlets for use in United States are ETL Listed to UL 962.a.
Certain Blade Charging and Style Drawer Blade powering outlets are CSA listed to CSA 22.2. Learn more about our Canadian offering HERE.

All Docking Drawer outlets are tested by Intertek, which is an independent Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These labs test products to the specifications of product safety codes. In other words, products are tested for their intended use. If they can't pass these tests safely then they are not in compliance.

But at Docking Drawer we're in compliance with accepted national standards (UL 962a and CSA C22.2 No. 21). And for our friends in Canada, the Style Drawer Blade, Style Drawer Blade Duo, and Style Drawer Vertical Organizer are built to accommodate the new Docking Drawer Interlock box. This addition satisfies the requirements listed in section 26-710 of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) that stipulate that an outlet be de-energized when a drawer is closed. This makes the Style Drawer Vertical Organizer the first ever in-drawer outlet to pass CEC inspections in Canada.

ETL vs TUV vs UL Electrical Listings: What are the Differences?

As far as regulatory approval goes, there isn't a difference between ETL, TUV, and UL listings. Inspectors treat them equally as they are all approved by the US Government as NRTLs.

That being said, UL has an additional classification of mark called UL Recognized. It's intended for components installed inside of finished and listed devices. UL intends for recognized components to be specified and installed by technical people in a factory environment. They are not intended to be used and installed in the field.

Note - If a Recognized Component is installed in the field, the only way for UL to verify compliance with a component's conditions of acceptability is to conduct a UL Field Evaluation on the end product where the component is installed. The specifier and installer assumes the responsibility. Know your risks.

Learn More

At Docking Drawer, we believe in being transparent with our customers. That's why we make our certifications available for anyone to read. Find our ETL certification here.


Rather talk to an outlet expert? Call us at (530) 205-3625


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