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Recent advances in battery chargers

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nickel-cadmium? lithium ion? polymer?

Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries have been the standard for small electronic systems for many years. A few larger systems, such as laptop computers and high-power radios, operated on "gel-cell" lead-acid batteries. Eventually, the combined effects of environmental problems and increased demand on the batteries led to the development of new battery technologies: nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), rechargeable alkaline, lithium ion (Li+), and lithium polymer. These new battery technologies require more sophisticated charging and protection circuitry to maximize performance and ensure safety.

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Originally published by Maxim Integrated Products at as "New Developments in Battery Chargers".

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