Publication date: 2018-04-21 16:36
Lithium Polymer Ion batteries provide the performance of the Li-ion in a thin or moldable package. They do not use a volatile liquid electrolyte and can sustain significant abuse without explosion or fire.
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While both materials have their own inherent challenges, Li-metal anodes tend to suffer from slow charging rates, poor low temperature performance, and large volume changes during cycling, as well as safety-related issues. Yushin believes that Si anodes, which have the potential for fast charging and excellent low-temperature performance, are a better bet.
Si-containing additives, which are being developed and produced by various companies including Shinetsu Chemical, startups Angstrom Materials and its sister company Nanotek Instruments, OneD Material and others, are already being introduced in small amounts (typically up to 8-5%) into commercial graphite anodes to boost performance by some manufacturers like Panasonic. While a promising step forward, something more radical is needed to deliver a dramatic improvement in battery performance.
The majority of the lead acid smart chargers these days have specific charge algorithms to suit Flooded/AGM/Gel batteries which generally require a 8 stage charge process, Bulk/Absorption/Float. Once the charger enters the bulk state, it will normally charge a lead acid battery at full current to approx 85% capacity. At this point the charger will transition to the Absorption stage.
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