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Advanced Battery Applications Blog

Complex battery usage consultancy from Dave Morris

Why I do this!

Apologies, but a bit of self indulgence in this months blog. Every now and then it is good to take stock and just reaffirm why I do what I do!
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Battery Day 18th February 2017

Saturday 18th February is Battery Day   Yes, you read that headline correctly. The 18th of February every year is Battery Day, prefixed by National or International in some on-line
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Time to put the tinsel away!

Okay, it is the time of year to put away all of your festive decorations. Pile them into a box, seal it up, then stuff it in the attic. Yes?
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Seasons Greetings

Okay, okay, so there was no blog in November. Sorry about that but it just goes to show how easily it is to interrupt a sequence and let regular activities
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Still think it is only a battery?

It’s Only A Battery!   The number of times I have heard that said over the years. Product development programmes tripped up over leaving the battery selection too late and
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More of everything needs careful thought!   Not So Mobile Devices! It was only a couple of months ago that I was writing about another product recall of rechargeable battery
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#AskAnExpert

Finally it looks like we are at least having a little bit of summer here in the UK. After the summer so far everyone should be out there making the
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Costly Mistakes

I see that in the US there is yet another issue with the batteries in self balancing scooters (hoverboards) resulting in a large scale recall, somewhere over 500,000 is a
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Information Overload!

The day is almost here, it is make your mind up time. June 23rd seemed so far away at the start of the year yet now it is upon us.
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Understanding Battery Data Sheets

In the perfect world it would be possible to get all the information you need, and compare different manufacturers product, by referring to their data sheets. But this is not
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Battery Requirements Capture

Battery requirements capture The important thing about getting what you want is knowing what you want! All pretty straightforward, and if you are designing a new bit of kit, and
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Do You Really Need Hi-Tech Batteries?

Is a Hi-Tech battery right for you? An area that I think is often overlooked is the detailed selection of the battery to power equipment, or more precisely, the chemistry
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A Message From Someone Near…….

You ignore me. Every day, for hours on end you hold me, but it’s not me you are thinking of. No, you are off saving the universe, daredevil driving, building
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New Year, Same Old Battery Headlines!

    Looking into the battery future I do not need a crystal ball to know battery related headlines that will be hitting our screens during the coming year: ‘Get
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Taking Ownership of Your Battery!

The thing about batteries is that there is never one that quite gives you enough power/energy in the form factor you want. It all seems so simple, identify an ‘AA’
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Attention all DIYers

It is that time of year when all those tools that we have used since the spring get a bit of TLC and put away for winter. But with all
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Lithium Primary Batteries: Managing Passivation

Passivation, friend or foe? One of the issues I am most frequently asked about by equipment designers is passivation in liquid cathode lithium primary cells and batteries. Questions regarding ‘avoiding’
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Specification v. Data Sheet

      Identify What Is Needed! We all know that a good product is underpinned by being well specified, even if that specification is adapted during the development phase.
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Primary Battery Design Considerations (1)

  Do not forget the humble primary battery design! What is a Primary Battery? Primary, or ‘non-rechargeable’ are batteries where the reaction is one-way – once used they are not
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Electric Power : A month of achievements!

The last few weeks have seen a some notable achievements for electric powered, and by association battery equipped, vehicles. Formula E Series 2015 Completion of the inaugural Formula E championship
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Are you killing your laptop battery by overfeeding it?

A question often asked is ‘Why does my laptop battery not last as long as it used to?’ A simple question you may think, but is it a question about run
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Battery Consultant – Why?

Good question, and one that you should be asking if you are a designer or manufacturer of equipment that uses a battery! Batteries are one of those things that just
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What is the battery indicator on your phone really telling you?

One of the things we have become accustomed to relying upon on our mobile devices is the little battery charge indicator. I am still surprised at the number of times
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Hybrid Power: Not Just For Road Vehicles

Many motor manufacturers offer hybrid power versions of vehicles in their range. But, the same principles encouraging this trend apply just as well to other forms of transport that rely
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