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June 21st, 2016

Battery Power 2016

Feature Article



Enhancing Smartphone Battery Performance During GSM Pulses Through The Use of a Parallel Supercapacitor
Ron Demcko • AVX Fellow
Patrick German, Field Applications Engineer • AVX Corp.

The continual addition of smartphone features and functionality, combined with users’ growing dependence on them for both business and personal use, has made battery life and reliability increasingly vital. The digital transmission signals that these devices rely on to operate require quick pulses of current from the battery. However, these pulses can also cause the battery’s instantaneous voltage to drop below the phone’s minimum operating voltage, which can temporarily interrupt the flow of power from the battery. To solve this problem, engineers performed a series of tests on multiple battery chemistries to determine whether placing a supercapacitor in parallel with the battery could effectively improve the life of the battery and the quality of the power it provides.<read more>

























Low-Power 2016

  Sponsored Announcement

Battery Power 2016Turning Batteries into a Competitive Advantage

Join us in Denver August 3-4 for the leading international conference highlighting the latest developments impacting mobile, stationary and EV battery systems including smart phones, tablets, medical devices, critical power systems, telecom and automotive applications.


Sessions include:

Batteries Will Eat the World, Cairn Energy Research Advisors

GB 31421 – Meeting China’s New Battery Standard, SGS

Intellectual Property Strategies for Solving Conflicts, Speeding Adoption and Rewarding Innovation, MPEG LA LLC

Data-Driven Battery Product Development: Turn Battery Performance into a Competitive Advantage, Voltaiq, Inc.

Smart 2.0 Battery Charging: The Future Is Near, University of Kansas

Imaging Batteries Across Space and Time: Recent Progress in 2D, 3D and 4D, Carl Zeiss X-Ray Microscopy

Engineering Impacts on Battery Pack Manufacturing, iTECH

The Advanced Manufacturing RoadMap for Batteries, CalCharge

Quest for Battery Security, Authentication to the Rescue, Texas Instruments

Compliance Considerations for Standby Power Systems, Enviroguard

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Space is limited so contact Shannon Given today to secure your spot.

  New Products

New Three Phase Industrial Battery Chargers for Transportation Applications
APSApplied Power Systems (APS), an industry leader in power conversion and energy storage solutions,  introduced its latest series of three phase industrial battery chargers for transportation applications.
The APS programmable SmartCharger series support multiple battery chemistries with customer selectable charge profiles to handle Lead-Acid, NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion battery types. 

These compact, high frequency chargers employ an innovative design resulting in higher efficiency, while providing superior performance to low frequency, phase controlled chargers. These smaller, lighter chargers consume less power and offer improved input power factor, leading to reduced power consumption and energy costs.

Smart Charger series incorporate built in diagnostics with fault protection features along with an OLED display for improved usability.   Charger operating status and fault annunciation is displayed along with output voltage and current, which is also available via remote communication interface.

Rugged, reliable, field proven design is built to withstand the harsh environments of motive power applications.  Standard models accept three phase AC input with options available to accept DC input power.  Added options include an internal data logger with nonvolatile storage of operating history, downloadable to customer.

Applied Power Systems, Inc. is an industry leading manufacturer of advanced power conversion products, power electronic controls and high power semiconductor thermal management solutions. APS Power products include IGBT Inverter Stacks, AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC Converters, AC Phase Controllers, Battery Chargers, High Power Rectifier Bridges,  Power Supplies for on-board Rail Applications, Motor Drives & Controls, high power semiconductor assemblies and specialized inverter systems.

More information is available at www.appliedps.com.  

A New Partnership for a Growing Industry

BitrodeBitrode Corp. and Gamry Instruments are pleased to announce that the companies have entered into an agreement to partner in the development and sales of battery test equipment utilizing the strengths and technologies of both companies.


By working together in their unique strengths, Bitrode and Gamry have developed a “one stop” product capable of seamlessly integrating the Gamry Electromechanical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) measurement software into the Bitrode VisuaLCN program to simplify customer’s set-ups and measurement acquisition.  This integration can be done with existing equipment with simple firmware/software changes or integrated at the Bitrode manufacturing facility for a turnkey solution.

Bitrode Corp., based in St. Louis, Missouri, is the largest battery testing equipment manufacturer in North America and offers customers an extensive line of products engineered to address the specific requirements of every battery application and chemistry in use today.  Almost 60 years of progressive, innovative engineering have resulted in reliable, high performing, flexible designs that have set quality standards for the entire power storage industry. 

Gamry Instruments, based in Warminster, Pennsylvania, is the leading developer and manufacturer of systems for electrochemical impedance spectroscopy allowing users to address a variety of needs from research and development to QC/QA testing. 

For information on how to add the Gamry Instruments EIS measurement capability to your Bitrode test equipment, please contact Dave Beninato at 1-636-343-6112 or by email at Sales1@bitrode.com.

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  Industry News

PRBA Urges Crackdown on Non-Compliant Lithium Ion Battery Manufacturers in China
PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has called  for tough enforcement, new efforts to identify companies repeatedly violating the law and stiff fines to force China’s lithium ion battery manufacturers and shippers to comply with international transport regulations.<read more>


Johnson Controls Investing $245 Million in AGM Battery Production in North America
Today’s vehicles have up to 50 computers and 150 electrified devices working together to get you where you need to go, including navigation systems, power doors and windows, heated seats and other safety features. These changes over the past 20 years have automakers and consumers looking to Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries to meet increasing power needs for vehicle functionality.<read more>


Event Listings



Battery Power 2016Battery Power 2016
August 3-4
Denver, Colo.

Battery Power 2016 is has released its preliminary program. The conference highlights the latest developments impacting mobile, stationary and EV battery systems including smart phones, tablets, medical devices, critical power systems, telecom and automotive applications. Speaking slots are still available. Click here for additional information.


Critical Power NA 2016Critical Power North America - Call for Presentations
August 3-4
Denver, Colo.

Critical Power North America is currently accepting abstracts. The conference provides an excellent forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements. Attendees include engineering and operations managers, technical professionals responsible for power systems, facility managers and industrial engineers. Conference sessions should be technical and educational while providing examples for recent installations, cutting edge technology and application strategies from users driving growth in these markets. End-users presenting about any innovative project they may be involved in will be given priority on the show program.

LowPower 2016Low-Power 2016 - Call for Presentations

November 3-4
Las Vegas, Nev.

Low-Power 2016 is an international conference highlighting the latest developments in low-power functionality and systems in portable & mobile electronics, medical & wellness devices, wearables, sensing, instrumentation and energy management.


Conference topics will include designing for low power, wireless charging, energy harvesting, low-power sensing, enabling smart & mobile apps, ICs, embedded electronics, power for mobility and the Internet of Things, new market opportunities and certification & testing.


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