Battery Operated Devices and Systems

1st Edition

From Portable Electronics to Industrial Products

Authors: Gianfranco Pistoia
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444532145
eBook ISBN: 9780080932545
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 24th October 2008
Page Count: 408
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For researchers interested in devices and systems drawing power from batteries, this book will be a valuable information source. It reports on many applications in detail and presents the essentials of batteries. Links to further reading are provided through the 275 references.

In chapter 1, all applications in the portable and industrial areas are introduced. Some market considerations follow with details on specific sectors. In chapter 2, basic characteristics of all primary and secondary batteries used in these applications are reviewed. The most recent trends, especially for the ubiquitous lithium ion batteries, are covered. In chapter 3, portable applications, e.g. mobile phones, notebook computers, cameras, camcorders, personal digital assistants, medical instruments, power tools, portable GPS, etc., are described with details on their electronic aspects. There is particular emphasis on the devices’ power consumption and management for the implications on battery life and the devices’ runtime. Battery management is also dealt with in detail, particularly as far as the charging methods are concerned. The criteria of battery choice are stressed.

The comprehensive chapter on industrial applications includes aerospace, telecommunications, emergency systems, load levelling, energy storage, toll collection, different meters, data loggers, oil drilling, oceanography, meteorology, etc. The final part of this section is devoted to wireless connectivity, i.e. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee, which is exploited in many portable and industrial applications.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive review of battery applications
  • Includes 209 figures and 62 tables
  • Describes state-of-the-art technological developments


Graduates working in research institutions, universities and industries dealing with power sources and energy conversion, civil, electrical and transport engineers as well as chemists.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Areas of Battery Applications
1.1. Introduction 1.2. Application Sectors and Market Considerations 1.2.1. Computing 1.2.2. Communications 1.2.3. Portable Tools 1.2.4. Medical Applications 1.2.5. Other Portable Products 1.2.6. UPS and Backup Batteries 1.2.7. Aerospace and Military Applications 1.2.8. Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Electric Vehicles 1.2.9. Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicles 1.3. Application’s and Battery’s Life References

Chapter 2

Battery Categories and Types

2.1. Introduction 2.2. Batteries for Portable Applications 2.2.1. Zinc-Carbon Batteries 2.2.2. Alkaline Batteries 2.2.3. Primary Zinc/Silver Oxide Batteries 2.2.4. Primary Zinc-Air Batteries 2.2.5. Strong vs. Weak Points and Main Applications of Aqueous Primary Battery 2.3. Batteries Used in Both Portable and Industrial/Vehicular Applications 2.3.1. Primary Lithium Batteries Lithium/Sulphur Dioxide Batteries Lithium/Thionyl Chloride Batteries Lithium/Manganese Dioxide Batteries Lithium/Carbon Monofluoride Batteries Comparison of Li Primary Batteries and Market Considerations 2.3.2. Rechargeable Lithium Batteries (Li Negative Electrode) 2.3.3. Lithium-Ion Batteries 2.3.4. Rechargeable Aqueous Batteries Lead-Acid Batteries Nickel-Cadmium Batteries Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries


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About the Author

Gianfranco Pistoia

Affiliations and Expertise

formerly Research Director, National Research Council, Rome, Italy


"The book is enriched with numerous figures and…They are always very instructive…The book is a must for every library associated with research and development groups working on electrochemical energy conversion and storage."--J Solid State Electrochem (2012) Volume 16 P. 415
"[This book] by an expert known for his numerous contributions in the fields of intrinsically conducting polymersand materials for secondary lithium batteries provides exactly this help. [T]he first pages are… enlightening: The reviewer cannot remember having seen before such well-organized lists of possible/already established applications in alphabetic and in topological order. Quite obviously the author is drawing from a rich source of own scientific work…. The book is a must for every library associated with research and development groups working on electrochemical energy conversion and storage."—Rudolf Holze in the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry