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The True Cost of Batteries

It is an established practice for design engineers to follow a process for selecting the best battery for a project or application, by submitting the choices through a balanced approach that compared technical requirements and goals, to cost and ongoing maintenance requirements.

The established process includes several factors:
•    Application and duty cycle outlooks
•    System interface and communication issues
•    Geographic location and ease of visitation
•    Environmental conditions
•    Initial price
•    Installation cost
•    Ongoing maintenance cost
•    Replacement schedule and cost (Click here to read more)

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The Case for Remote Battery Monitoring

The world needs the power to stay on.  More now than ever, and more in the coming days than now.  We are so dependent on electronic communication, that a single occurrence of downtime renders us all but helpless.  It also makes us angry.

The power must stay on.  It is one of the things we take most for granted.  When we flip the switch, we demand products to work, be they light bulbs, microwaves, or cell phones.  "But wait", says Joe and Nancy Consumer, "cell phones run on battery power, silly. That must be a misprint." (Click to read more)

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Why So Serious?  Battery Monitoring Should Be Affordable and Enjoyable.

Vince Vaughan has a new movie out about the business workplace.  Naturally, he wants to promote it.  So, the producers partnered with Getty images to release free stock images.

It is brilliant satire.  Why? Because it takes something we have seen so often on company websites, annual reports, and PowerPoints, and makes light of them.  As they say, the best comedy is based in truth.

You know about stock photos, correct?  They are the photos taken of a group of people who are meant to represent everything right about a company.  From their expressions, apparel, posture, and environment, they represent…us. 

But when someone like Vince Vaughan, and the other actors from the movie “Unfinished Business” place themselves in the same type of pictures, the result is entertaining, if not downright funny.  In effect, the pictures expose the man behind the curtain and spoofs reality to entertain us.

Here is an example:


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Here is another: (Click here to read more)

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Battery Monitoring Systems: Setting Appropriate Expectations

Batteries are an amazing creation that perform a thankless but crucial task.  They provide power when needed.  At least they are expected to.  That is their sole function, after all.  So, when they work, they were supposed to.  But, oh my, when they don’t, they relegate themselves to the nickname “badderies”.

Batteries sit quietly in the corner, many times neglected, until the lights go out.  What happens next, is literally anyone’s guess.

Why?  Because batteries do not possess the function of telling us their state of health…unless they are asked.    Unless, of course, the occasional crack, leak, or explosion is somehow considered sufficient for a technician to react to an apparent poor state of health.  I mean, even if you monitor batteries, a tech still has to look at them every once in a while.  How burdensome is that?  Is a physical inspection over the top?

The answer to those questions, and so many more like them, depends on how battery monitoring is viewed. In order to gain some perspective, let’s explore the expectations of owning and maintaining batteries through the lens of everyday life.

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February 18, 2015 – Happy 270th Birthday, Alessandro Volta.

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What’s in a name?  Yes, the word “Volt” pays homage to Count Volta and his “Law of Capacitance”, which developed separate means to study both electrical potential (V ) and charge (Q ), and discovering that for a given object, they are proportional.  As a tribute to his discoveries, the unit of electrical potential has been named the volt.

But, what really sealed the deal for Alessandro Volta’s legacy was the invention of the electric battery.  If we look a bit deeper into the story, we realize the battery was created as a way to prove another scientist wrong.  And, frog legs were at the center of the disagreement. (Click here to continue reading)

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