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Understanding Lithium-ion Technology

Jim McDowall

To the average person, lithium-ion technology, at least until the last year or so, was represented by the black-box-like batteries in high-end consumer devices such as laptop computers. Mobile phone batteries use similar chemistry, although in that case the batteries are often lithium-polymer types that are frequently described as if they constitute an entirely different technology. The mystique of lithium-ion batteries even seems to extend to the industry lexicon, with cognoscenti talking about cathode and anode materials—words familiar from physics or chemistry courses at school but rarely used in the world of lead-acid batteries.

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