For 129 years, engineers have sought to assist those who struggle with walking through the use of wearable mobile machines called exoskeletons. Many and varied power sources have been trialled for these machines over time, from compressed gas bags to steam power. So, what led to batteries being selected as the modern-day power source of choice and will they still be relied upon in the future?
Ultralife’s smart U1 battery utilizes long-lasting Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry, with more than 2,000 cycles possible, making it an ideal replacement for sealed lead acid (SLA batteries) in computer or medical carts and robotics.
In fact, we are so confident in the U1’s longevity that we are now offering a 3-year or 2,000 cycle warranty for the battery.
Accutronics have worked with US battery manufacturer Inspired Energy since 2002 and one of the earliest products to be distributed by us were the 'N' series standard smart batteries. These products have proven so popular that many are still manufactured today; although the range has grown as cell technology has improved. Here, we take a look at the 'N' series through the years and introduce new products for 2019.
Ultralife Corporation has expanded its range of robotics and military batteries with the introduction of a new LiFePO4 power storage device – the URB0023. Its high capacity and low self-discharge rate make it ideal for robots that are required to operate for lengthy periods without access to mains electricity (such as AGVs), or stationary power applications paired with diesel, wind, or solar generators; whilst its rugged modular design is well-suited for transportation on the battlefield.
Do you get frustrated that your non-rechargeable battery does not maintain the same level of energy and power for its entire life? Ultralife manufactures a range of products to tackle this requirement. With a range of products on offer, it is important to understand the differences between them to ensure you select the best battery for your needs; down to the chemistry. Ultralife utilize two leading Lithium chemistries – Lithium Thionyl Chloride and Lithium Manganese Dioxide – that are compared here.
When we think of military technology, it is primarily weapons that come to mind. However, from 2017 to 2018, the UK MoD inventory consisted of over £53 million worth of medical, dental and veterinary equipment (an 11% increase on the previous year). There are many different types of battery powered technology that can assist military personnel in a medical capacity – on, above and outside the battlefield. All of these have different power requirements and getting the power right is essential when a soldier’s livelihood, during or after service, relies on it.
If there is one form of robotics where safety is of paramount importance, it would be in the medical or surgical sectors. Batteries have played a vital role in allowing surgical robots to become accepted by medical professionals and patients alike. To understand the impact that batteries have had on surgical robots and, perhaps more importantly, the impact they could have in the future, it is useful to go back to the beginning.
Approximately 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home, according to a report by the University of North Carolina. Therefore, owners of residential or commercial property portfolios should invest in protecting them against theft. Here we look at the traditional and modern home security systems that are available to landlords and property managers – and examine their portable power requirements.
How higher capacity cells allow batteries to be
smaller and lighter
The energy rating of rechargeable Lithium batteries has a major impact on the way they can be shipped by air, sea, road or rail. Batteries with an energy rating greater than 100 Watt-hours are subject to more stringent labelling, packaging and paperwork requirements, along with additional training and certification imposed on those personnel offering them for transport.