Many have experienced the inconvenience of having the battery in one of their appliances/devices run out of charge at the most inconvenient time. In today's electronics market, consumers are looking for more power, longer battery life, and higher durability in all their electronic devices.
At the same time, these devices need to be more portable, more convenient to use and highly interconnected. Therefore, battery manufacturers are faced with the challenge of producing batteries that can satisfy the needs of consumers.
When you're choosing a battery for your specific appliance, keep the following factors in mind to make sure you end up with a quality product.
Rechargeable vs. replaceable
In some cases, you may have the choice between a rechargeable and a replaceable battery. Most appliances now use rechargeable batteries such as multi-call battery packs. These batteries are typically larger in size, more durable, and suited for a wide variety of applications. They also prevent the need for constant replacement as long as they don't get damaged.
However, some devices might work better with replaceable batteries. These batteries, such as the coin cell battery, demand lower power and can be used for waterproof applications.
Smaller devices such as watches, radios and other portable devices work well with replaceable batteries. Consider your specific device, and match the strengths of the battery to what your needs are.
If your device requires plenty of power to operate, you should select a high-capacity battery. Multi-cell battery packs offer one of the highest capacities in the market. They consist of a collection of battery cells that are tied together to combine their power output. They are often of larger size than most other batteries and are best suited for power tools, professional digital cameras, mobile vacuums, etc.
Durability is a core component of batteries for your devices. You need a battery that will last a long time and require minimal maintenance. When working with rechargeable batteries, you should also ensure that the charger is of good quality and is specifically manufactured for your device. Using the wrong charger slowly kills off the cells in your battery and will lead to damage over time.
Most consumers want a battery that is smaller but will last longer. For example, cell phone batteries such as lithium polymer batteries are designed to fit into tight spaces and keep charges for longer periods.
When selecting such batteries, evaluate how long they can keep charge relative to their size. You should also evaluate how flexible they are in case you will need to replace them.
Contact a battery wholesaler for additional advice.