With the prevalence of mobile computing and cellular technology in our lives, the importance of battery technology has become a factor one rarely considers when using this equipment for business or personal needs.
Previous battery technology would not have been able to handle the complex devices that computers and cell phones have become. Prior to lithium, these batteries were nickel cadmium, which had less power capabilities, shorter charge periods and were relatively much heavier.
Lithium-ion and Lithium Polymer batteries are quickly becoming the most prevalent type of battery used to power technology. With even less weight than both nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride, and a much stronger long-term performance, lithium-ion batteries are sweeping the market.
The life of a battery has become a deciding factor when purchasing a mobile computing or cellular device, so the necessity for a strong supply of lithium-ion batteries exists today, and as demand increases for even more complex cellular phones we will see further advances in lithium-ion technology to power these devices.
Key Statistics on Lithium-ion Batteries
- 3x the energy density of nickel metal hydride
- 1/3 of the weight
- No memory effect
- Faster recharge
- Operates at -60°C
- 10-15 year life (nickel metal hydride: 3-4 years)