Lithium Batteries, or Lithium Ion Batteries, are used in a wide range of applications. In a high-tech world where technology has far-reaching uses from across the board, these batteries have made great inroads.
Lithium ion batteries are found in many devices such as laptops, cell phones, PDA’s and iPods. Because these batteries are some of the most robust rechargeable batteries, they are commonly used in countless devices.
These batteries stand apart from other more commonly-used batteries as they have a high charge density and high cost per unit, and all depending on the design as well as the chemical combinations and compounds in the batteries, the lithium cells can produce voltages ranging from 1.5 Volts to 3.7 Volts.
Take note that disposable lithium batteries differ from secondary lithium-ion and lithium polymer batteries which are all rechargeable – the ions in these batteries are transferred between the anode and the cathode which uses an interchangeable lithium compound instead of lithium metal as the connection material.
Lithium metal is known to be unstable, especially during the recharging stages; therefore research has shifted to a non-metallic lithium battery whereby lithium ions are commonly used and although lithium-ion batteries are a tad lower in energy density than lithium metal, lithium-ion batteries are a safer option provided certain caution is taken whilst charging or re-charging these batteries.