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17 Apr 2015


by Darren Quick @ gizmag.com:

Researchers at Stanford University have created a fast-charging and long-lasting rechargeable battery that is inexpensive to produce, and which they claim could replace many of the lithium-ion and alkaline batteries powering our gadgets today. The prototype aluminum-ion battery is also safer, not bursting into flames as some of its lithium-ion brethren are wont to do.

The prototype battery features an anode made of aluminum, a cathode of graphite and an ionic liquid electrolyte, all packed within a flexible, polymer-coated pouch. And unlike lithium-ion batteries, which can short circuit and explode or catch fire when punctured, the aluminum-ion battery will actually continue working for a short while before not bursting into flames.

Flexible, fast-charging aluminum-ion battery offers safer alternative to lithium-ion – [Link]

2 Apr 2015


by Shaun Mason @ phys.org:

The dramatic rise of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other personal and portable electronics has brought battery technology to the forefront of electronics research. Even as devices have improved by leaps and bounds, the slow pace of battery development has held back technological progress.

Now, researchers at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have successfully combined two nanomaterials to create a new energy storage medium that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors.

Supercapacitors are electrochemical components that can charge in seconds rather than hours and can be used for 1 million recharge cycles. Unlike batteries, however, they do not store enough power to run our computers and smartphones.

The new hybrid supercapacitor stores large amounts of energy, recharges quickly and can last for more than 10,000 recharge cycles. The CNSI scientists also created a microsupercapacitor that is small enough to fit in wearable or implantable devices. Just one-fifth the thickness of a sheet of paper, it is capable of holding more than twice as much charge as a typical thin-film lithium battery.

Scientists create quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors – [Link]

24 Mar 2015


When observing basic rules will the top quality AGM VRLA batteries last you up to 15 years – we will advise how.

This description could start by a long list of technical improvements of Panasonic batteries. thanks to which they gained a stable place on the top of development in this segment (AGM, expanded positive grid. additives for regeneration from a deep discharge, self-extinguishing container material,…).

However those are things, which can be easily checked up from available internet source or even better from satisfied users. Instead of it, we better bring you a few advices for usage of VRLA/ SLA batteries to serve you as long as possible:

20 Mar 2015


The simple project can be used as test gear. Its easy way to monitor the battery voltages, especially dry cell, NICAD, NIMH, supply up to 1.5 Voltage. Battery Monitor range 0.15V to 1.5V. The project is built around Texas instruments LM3914, The LM3914 senses the voltage levels of the battery and drives the 10 light emitting diodes based on the voltage detected on input connector. Circuit works on 5V DC. J1 Jumper is used to select the DOT mode or bar graph mode.

NiCad-NiMh Battery Monitor – [Link]

17 Mar 2015


Lithium ion battery charger implementation using C8051F300 app note(PDF!) from Silicon Labs.

Driven by the need for untethered mobility and ease of use, many systems rely on rechargable batteries as their primary power source. The battery charging circuitry for these systems is typically implemented using a fixed-function IC to control the charging current/voltage profile.

The C8051F30x family provides a flexible alternative to fixed-function battery chargers. This application note discusses how to use the C8051F30x family in Li-Ion battery charger applications. The Li-Ion charging algorithms can be easily adapted to other battery chemistries, but an understanding of other battery chemistries is required to ensure proper charging for those chemistries.

App note: Lithium ion battery charger using C8051F300 – [Link]

12 Mar 2015


by digikey.com:

The charging system for a portable device is not always given a high priority in design but it can have a major role in the battery life of the system and, properly optimized, can allow the use of a smaller battery pack than otherwise would be needed. Not only are compact battery-management controllers needed, but intelligence also needs to be deployed tactically to allow the power system to be correctly optimized. This article will look at the needs of the Li-ion chemistry in terms of charging and what techniques can be used to maximize energy delivery and storage and summarize key solutions available for that purpose.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Call for Multi-Cycle Support to Maximize Uptime – [Link]

6 Mar 2015


by Einar Abell @ edn.com:

This Design Idea gives two versions of an indicator light that changes from green to red as a battery discharges. There are many circuits that do this sort of thing, but all the ones I have seen are too complex and costly for my taste. This DI shows a method that uses an absolute minimum of low cost parts: a dual-color LED and four other parts.

Voltage indicator transitions between colours – [Link]

4 Mar 2015


by Colin Jeffrey @ gizmag.com:

Dendrites – thin conductive filaments that form inside lithium batteries – reduce the life of these cells and are often responsible for them catching fire. Scientists working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the US Department of Energy claim to have produced a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that not only completely eliminates dendrites, but also promises to increase battery efficiency and vastly improve current carrying capacity.

New electrolyte promises to rid lithium batteries of short-circuiting dendrites – [Link]

3 Mar 2015


The Qduino Mini is the first tiny Arduino compatible that has a built-in battery charger & fuel gauge.

The Qduino Mini is perfect to embed in your electronics projects, it’s super small, inexpensive, has a battery connector & charger built-in, & a fuel gauge that can tell you when to charge the battery!

The Qduino Mini is Arduino-compatible & 100% open source, hardware and software meaning that making and programming your first circuit is a breeze. Hardware is hard, so we decided to make it a little bit easier. The day that the first Qduino Mini ships, all of the design files, including EAGLE board files, schematic, and code will be released under an open source license. Here’s what it includes:

Qduino Mini: Arduino Compatible + Battery Charger & Monitor – [Link]

3 Mar 2015


by T.K. Hareendran:

Here is a tried and tested sample circuit of a Li-Ion battery charger that can be used to charge any 3.7V Li-Ion battery using a 5VDC (USB, Solar Panel…) power supply. At the heart of the circuit is one microchip MCP73831, available in SOT-23-5 package. MCP73831 is a highly advanced linear charge management controller for use in space-limited, cost-sensitive applications. This IC employs a constant current/constant voltage charge algorithm with selectable preconditioning and charge termination.

3.7V Li-Ion Battery Charger Circuit – [Link]





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