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The World of Batteries Today

clock November 9, 2012 23:10 by author Jeremy

From smartphones to cars, batteries can be found in many of our common everyday electronics. These batteries come in numerous shapes, sizes and capacities, enabling them to power our devices for hours at a time. Whether you're buying a new battery or getting rid of an old one, check out the infographic below to see some general rules and guidelines about batteries.

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UPS' Tips On How to Safely Package Batteries

clock March 30, 2011 01:24 by author Jeremy

Shipping batteries in the near future? UPS has a few helpful tips that could save you (and your package) from a bit of trouble. It's always good to keep in mind that there are different regulatory requirements when packaging each type of battery; however, these tips work to generally keep you and the recipient safe from harm.

  • For loose batteries, cover the battery terminals (or leads) with an insulating cap or electrical tape, if the battery is not already contained in protective packaging.
  • Ensure there is adequate internal protection to keep batteries from contacting metal or other batteries by wrapping them individually, either with bubble sheeting or plastic bags.
  • Do not ship damaged, defective, or recalled batteries by air, as such shipments are prohibited by federal regulation. Also, UPS does not accept air shipments of recycled batteries.
  • For battery-operated tools, laptops, or other appliances, provide effective protection for the switches to make sure they will not turn on accidentally during transportation.
  • Lead-acid batteries contain highly corrosive liquids, making these batteries subject to U.S. and international shipping regulations. UPS hazardous materials restrictions may also apply.
  • Package batteries securely to keep them from shifting, being crushed, or otherwise damaged while in transportation.

Source: UPS.com



Batteries or Capacitors? Tesla CEO Speaks Out

clock March 23, 2011 00:48 by author Jeremy

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla MotorsElon Musk, CEO of famed motor company Tesla, admits he believes that the long term war of energy in vehicles would be won by capacitors, not batteries. An ironic statement, coming from the man whose business currently utilizes numerous lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. It's also a statement with a lot of weight behind it, considering the other accomplishments Musk has in his belt (including having a hand in the creation of PayPal).

"If I were to make a prediction, I'd think there's a good chance that it is not batteries. but capacitors," stated Musk recently while at the Cleanteach Forum in San Francisco.

Currently, batteries continue to be a leading resource for energy throughout the world. Musk's statement, however, is backed by the knowledge behind capacitors and ultracapacitors. For example, unlike batteries, they can withstand more charge / discharge cycles.

More research is needed behind capacitors and ultracapacitors, and before that happens, batteries will continue to provide the energy needed for many electronic devices. But perhaps one day, Musk's prediction that capacitors "will supercede" batteries will come true.

Source: GigaOm



Aerogel: Frozen Smoke, or Pure Awesome?

clock March 11, 2011 01:25 by author Jeremy

Well, it certainly looks like something the future would hold, doesn't it? Aerogel, also known as "frozen smoke" (can that name get any cooler?) is currently one of the world's lightest solids. It contains MWCNT - multi-walled carbon nanotubes, which are so small that thousands of them can fit on just one strand oh human hair.

Aerogel currently has many potential uses, ranging from detecting toxic substances to improving robotic surgery. One of these possible applications even includes something that could affect our daily lives: batteries.

Thanks to carbon nanotubes and the large surface area that they provide, aerogel is capable of storing vast amounts of energy. If used in conjunction with present-day batteries (whether they be lithium, alkaline, or other types), the aerogel could very likely increase the capacity that a single battery can hold.

"This has many potential applications and could really open up new areas to explore that we haven't even imagined yet," says Associate Professor Lei Zhai, who worked on the engineering team for aerogel. Along with Zhai were postdoctoral associate Jianhua Zou; University of Central Florida professores Saiful Khondaker, Sudipta Seal, and Quanfang Chen.

Source: UCF Today

 



Don’t Forget to Include Batteries with Your Electronic Gifts

clock December 20, 2010 20:57 by author Ty

 Binary Christmas Tree - 2010 Christmas Present Ideas

62 percent of us will be buying electronic gifts for friends and family this Christmas. Electronic gifts and gadgets are becoming more popular each year and nothing is better than trying out those gadgets right away once you open your gifts. Many electronic gadgets require batteries, chargers and other accessories to get them running, so we put together a list to include the extras with your electronic Christmas gifts.

iPad, iTouch, Kindle and e-Book Readers
The iPad and iTouch use a specific Apple charging plug and it doesn’t hurt to carry extras on you for home, office and travel use.  The Kindle is easy on power and uses a micro-USB charger cable. Other e-book readers either use a mini-USB or micro-USB charger cable. Other ideas for these products are iPad cases, Kindle stand for reading, Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, and gift cards for downloading music, e-books and applications.

Digital Cameras and Camcorders
Digital cameras usually have two or four AA batteries or a Li-Ion battery that is model specific. Rechargeable AA NiMH and Li-Ion batteries make great gifts for digital cameras and help keep our planet green by not using disposable AA batteries. Model specific Li-Ion batteries are custom for each digital camera and additional OEM and aftermarket digital camera batteries can be purchased, as well as an external charger if you have multiple digital camera batteries. You can also by a universal camera charger to charge many differenty types of rechargable batteries. Camcorders also have model specific batteries and have external chargers. Extended capacity camcorder batteries are great for a longer camcorder run time and universal camcorder chargers can charge a variety of batteries for different manufacturers.

TVs and Computer Monitors
New TVs and computer monitors have many input and outputs, including HDMI, VGA, RCA, mini-plug, coax, and even an ethernet plug for internet ready TVs. HDMI cables, RCA cables, power strips and other accessories are great ideas for Christmas gifts. They will always come in handy when hooking up a new Blu-ray DVD player, gaming console, DVR, sound system and many other electronics.

Desktop and Laptop Computers
New desktop and laptop computers have many accessories and peripherals that can be attached, which leave a wide range of Christmas gifts open. A nice wireless mouse or keyboard, mouse pad, external speakers, USB jump drive and hard drives, AC laptop power adapter for the car, laptop case, surge protector, UPS battery backup and LCD screen wipes. If you can’t decide what to get for family and friends, a simple gift certificate from your nearest computer store leaves these options open.

Small Electronic Devices
Many small toys and electronic devices are battery operated and do not include batteries. The most common battery options are disposable AAA and AA batteries and rechargeable AAA and AA batteries. If you’re going to be buying a device that needs batteries, it’s a good idea to throw in a set of new batteries with the gift.

Batteries and Chargers
Batteries and chargers make great gifts and come in a variety of options ranging from AA, AAA, USB chargers and car power inverters. Recharge those NiMH and Li-Ion AA and AAA batteries with new 15 minute battery chargers and keep USB electronic devices charged in the car with AC power inverters. Different USB chargers and adapters also make great gifts ranging from iPod, Mini-USB and Micro-USB charger cables.

With all of these great Christmas gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with buying electronic devices for your friends and family. Electronics gifts are growing each year as the presents of choice, so don’t forget to include a set of batteries. If you can’t decide what kind of electronic gift to get, you can always purchase a gift card at your nearest consumer electronics store. (Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Radio Shack, Office Depot, Staples)

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