Information about lithium-ion batteries and their usage in today’s techy world
In 1997, developers released a new battery that rather than using a liquid solvent to conduct a charge (like the nickel-metal hydride battery (NiMH), they used a solid polymer composite instead.
The Workings of Lithium-ion Batteries
In addition to using solid polymer composite, the electrodes and separators that generate the charge in a lithium-ion battery are laminated to each other. This allows for a flexible wrapping casing rather than a typical metal casing.
For this reason, shaping lithium-ion batteries to specific devices is easy, which eliminates the need for one size-fits all battery.
What Lithium-ion Batteries Power
Pretty much all of the devices we use today use lithium-ion batteries for a power source—including (but not limited to):
- Portable devices
- For example: mobile and smartphones, laptops and tablets, digital cameras and camcorders, handheld game consoles and flashlights and most e-cigarettes on the market (including EverSmoke)
- Power tools
- Such as cordless drills, sanders, saw and hedge trimmers, etc.
- Electric vehicles
- Everything from hybrid vehicles to advanced electric wheelchairs, from radio-controlled models and model aircraft to the Mars Curiosity rover
When deciding on purchasing a lithium-ion battery to power your device, check the mAh. This measurement—short for milliampere-hour—can help you decide which battery will best power your device. This is because it describes the charge capacity of a battery. The smaller the battery you use, the lower the mAh will be – therefore, it means that you will have to recharge your battery more often.
Advantages of Lithium-ion batteries
As technological advances tend to do, lithium-ion batters are now capable of providing power longer than batteries even a few years ago could produce. In addition, lithium-ion batteries also:
- Tend to be much lighter than other batteries of the same size
- Hold a lot of stored energy
- They hold their charge
Disadvantages of Lithium-ion batteries
- They start degrading as soon as they leave the factory
- Lithium-ion batteries last between two and three years from the date of manufacture whether used or not.
- They are highly sensitive to heat, which causes them to degrade faster than they normally would
- In very rare cases, exposure to high temperatures can lead to battery failure
- Completely discharging ruins them
- They are expensive
- This is because they must have an on-board computer to manage the battery
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