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Design Factors for Lithium Batteries Used in Portable Devices: Q&A

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:31 AM

At the conclusion of our webinar – Design Considerations for Lithium Batteries Used in Portable Devices – we had several questions submitted to our presenter, Battery Development Consultant Randy Ibrahim. We compiled these into a readable format on our blog.

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Avoiding Challenges During Peak Season Shipping

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on October 9, 2019 at 9:33 AM

Every year, post Labor Day, most of us are focusing on getting “back to work” and recovering from whatever the summer holidays brought our way. As the weather starts to cool, and the sports start to change, those of us who work in supply chain management, procurement, and shipping immediately turn our eyes to what has become the constant fourth quarter challenge: getting our companies through peak season with no delays or surcharges.

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Applying Artwork In Overmolded Cables

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 1, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Overmolded cables are used in countless applications across almost every industry. The reasons to use an overmolded cable design are numerous, but the primary reason is to protect the electrical contacts while offering strain relief.

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Guide to Shipping Lithium Batteries

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on September 25, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Although they may not seem like much of a danger on a day-to-day basis, a lot of people don't realize that all batteries are technically considered to be hazardous by their nature when it comes to the topic of shipping them. This is why, if a consumer goes to the United States Post Office to ship a package, one of the first questions they're asked by a representative has to do with whether or not their parcel contains any items like batteries that could pose a problem during transportation.

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Lithium Iron Phosphate Vs. Lithium-Ion: Differences and Advantages

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on September 20, 2019 at 1:48 PM

When using power sources to run embedded components, it's not always simple to pop in a fresh set of batteries. Newer technologies, from smartphones to electric vehicles to portable power tools, require batteries that can hold a significant amount of energy, be lightweight enough to carry or move, and be safe for the user. Lithium batteries offer all these benefits for portable electronics, vehicles, medical equipment, and even grid energy storage.

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Extending Battery Pack Life Through Proper Care

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:54 AM

Battery packs - especially rechargeable ones - are assets that we tend to take for granted until it's far too late. One minute your battery pack is operating at peak efficiency, the same as it always has. The next minute, it only lasts a fraction of the time it once did between charges and you just can't figure out why.

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Backup Battery Systems: Ensuring Power to Systems During Outages

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on September 4, 2019 at 10:24 AM

When we talk about battery backup power systems for commercial settings, most people think about companies in the telecommunications, utilities, and healthcare industries in need of emergency sources of power when the electricity goes out. Yet, small and large companies require backup batteries for a range of operations.

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Custom Battery Pack Cost Drivers

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on August 27, 2019 at 9:58 AM

When you are designing a custom battery pack, it is always beneficial to understand the markets intended at the onset of the project. And as you would expect, a battery pack can be designed with several optional features that will ultimately add costs in the end. This blog post provides information on design while helping to keep costs aligned with your needs.

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The Design Process For Manufacturing And The 80-20 Rule

Written by Benjamin Schooler
Posted on August 21, 2019 at 9:34 AM

At Epec, engineers are expected to find innovative solutions to problems and develop them quickly and accurately so that customers can get quality product delivered on time. In this blog post, I will discuss how the 80-20 rule can be used in conjunction with our classic engineering design process to reach solutions faster.

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Battery End Of Life Vs. State Of Charge

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on August 16, 2019 at 9:03 AM

Within the context of a discussion about batteries, defining the term "state of charge" is simple. It's a term that essentially refers to how "full" your battery is, at least in terms of its remaining energy. Compared to how much energy a battery can store at 100%, your current state of charge shows you how much is remaining, thus allowing you to predict when a recharge may be in order.

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