Is the smart battery a help or deterrent?

Buchmann, Isidor
May 2004
Portable Design;May2004, Vol. 10 Issue 5, p36
The battery has the inherent problem of not being able to communicate with the user. Weight, color, or size cannot provide an indication of the battery's state of charge or state of health. The user is at the mercy of the battery. Help is at hand in breaking the code of silence. An increasing number of today's rechargeable batteries are made smart. Equipped with a microcontroller, these batteries can communicate with the charger and the user. Typical smart-battery applications include notebook computers, video cameras, biomedical devices, and defense products.


Related Articles

  • Portable Cellphone Charger Puts Safety First.  // TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics;12/5/2005, Vol. 20 Issue 25, p49 

    This article features the Turbo Charge portable cellular telephone charger. The charger measures 3 inches tall by 5/8 inches in diameter. It contains a chip that regulates the flow of energy to a battery, protecting it from overload and damage. The suggested retail price for the charger with...

  • Proper charging for Lilon batteries. Armstrong, Tony // Portable Design;Jun2004, Vol. 10 Issue 6, p22 

    Looks into the proper way to charge Lilon batteries. Efforts of battery manufacturers to make their products safer and lighter with higher energy densities; Advantages of rechargeable lithium technology; Description of the latest generation of battery chargers.

  • The New Battery.  // CIO Insight;Mar2006, Issue 65, p24 

    The article evaluates the Nanotube Enhanced Ultracapacitor, a new battery, which stores energy which acts as an electrical field, and offers information on the effectivity of the product, applications and specifications.

  • How much time before recharging your battery pack? Krafthoefer, Bernd // Portable Design;Jun2004, Vol. 10 Issue 6, p26 

    Looks into the amount of time that a battery pack of portable design apparatus must be recharged. misconception of the consumers regarding the charging of their battery packs; Battery pack models offered by the manufactures; Role of the impedance of the battery under varying loads;...

  • Selecting the optimal cell chemistry for portable designs. VanZwol, Jeffrey // Portable Design;Apr2005, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p10 

    This paper discusses some factors in choosing the optimal cell chemistry to power a portable system. The power requirements of cell phones, PDAs, portable medical equipment, handheld scanners, and other systems differ almost as much as their uses. Some of the more relevant and applicable cell...

  • Understand your battery's state of charge. Buchmann, Isidor // Portable Design;Jun2005, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p26 

    This article provides information about understanding the battery's state of charge. The rechargeable battery is a corrosive device that starts deteriorating as soon as it leaves the manufacturing plant. With the exception of nickel-based batteries, capacity loss is permanent. Aging is based on...

  • Ultracapacitors Challenge Batteries in Telecom. Morrison, David // Power Electronics Technology;Apr2004, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p8 

    Comments on the usage of lead acid batteries as a source of short-term energy storage devices. Concern over reliability; Approach in addressing the problem of sources of energy and reliability; Varying performance capabilities of the two source of energy power.

  • 48-V Battery System.  // Power Electronics Technology;Nov2005, Vol. 31 Issue 11, p54 

    The article evaluates the Intensium 3 high-energy 48-V Lithium-ion battery system from Saft for telecom power backup applications and offers information on safety, electronic board and contact information for pricing and availability.

  • Preventing premature deterioration in rechargeable battery packs. Munson, Jon // Electronics Weekly;11/3/2010, Issue 2446, p20 

    The article discusses the use of multi-cell battery monitor to maximize the cycle life of rechargeable battery packs. It is stated that in order to avoid cell reversal, an eight-cell nickel-cadmium pack can be used. Further, it focuses on the requirements of a cell monitor and design example of...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics