According to Amazon, a record number of smart home devices were sold during the 2018 holiday season, a trend that looks set to continue this year. However, sales are dominated by household names, such as Amazon and Google, making it difficult for competitors to secure a coveted place under the Christmas tree. Here, we look at a home automation and smart home security device from other manufacturers that have come to market this year and discuss the ways that batteries are developing to meet the emerging power needs.
In 2019, Ultralife has taken steps towards enhancing its battery portfolio for the renewable energy sector – with the addition of the URB0023 stackable battery and by approving SuperWind Turbines for use with it and other Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries.
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.