Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries: Will They Become the New King of the Rechargeable Battery Market?

Lithium Ion or “Li-Ion” rechargeable batteries have become the gold standard for high-end electronics. But will the technology overtake the entire consumer battery market?

When it comes to overall performance, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery technology is by far the most advanced in the world today. All of the top electronics devices use Li-Ion rechargeable batteries, such as laptops, iPhones, digital cameras, the Kindle, and many others. At the present time, hybrid car batteries are all NiMH rechargeable batteries. However, because Li-ion cells hold roughly twice as much energy per pound as do the previous generation of advanced batteries, it is believed that the next generation of hybrid car batteries will be Li-Ion, meaning that the charge and life cycle of the battery will last longer.

Because the Li-Ion has proven itself to be such an advanced design for making long-lasting rechargeable batteries, it didn’t take long for the technology to surface in your everyday AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt varieties. Energizer, for example, has attempted to outpace the wave of NiMH rechargeable batteries flooding the market now, and is offering both an advanced lithium and ultimate lithium battery that is quickly overshadowing their own NiMH product. Energizer’s “advanced lithium” AA batteries promise to offer the same powerful battery technology that you’d find in top-tier electronics, just in a smaller, lighter package, and surprisingly affordable package.

As for quality and value, the lithium batteries are less money than NiMH rechargeable batteries, and though they are said to under-perfrm in camera flashes, all in all they are known to perform much better in electronics than any other battery, disposable and rechargeable alike.

There’s only one catch — Energizer’s lithium batteries cannot be recharged. In fact, there is no effective Li-ion AA rechargeable battery on the market . . . yet.

What Energizer’s lithium-based disposable battery proves is that the overall design does beat out all other batteries in charge and longevity. However, Energizer’s commitment to their new lines of disposable lithium batteries also proves that the giant battery manufacturers are still committed to the disposable battery design, regardless of the fact that they are terrible for the environment and don’t give electronics users the sustainability they are looking for.

There are, however, some small, relatively unknown companies toying with Li-Ion rechargeable batteries in consumer-based sizes, such as the obscure Marsell 9-volt pictured above. But the few reliable reviews of these batteries have left consumers skeptical of their quality and performance, particularly because there doesn’t seen to be proprietary Li-Ion battery chargers to accompany these early Li-Ion rechargeable battery designs.

It remains to be seen if any of the big battery companies will eventually venture into the Li-Ion rechargeable battery territory. But until then, the Li-Ion still has not assumed the kingly role of the “lion” in the rechargeable battery jungle yet, since no viable, consumer-ready AA Li-Ion battery design has surfaced. Clearly, NiMH rechargeable batteries will remain the domain of AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt rechargeable battery varieties for the foreseeable future.

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4 Responses to “Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries: Will They Become the New King of the Rechargeable Battery Market?”

  1. 1 BertW Nov 3rd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    To whom it may concern, I did read the observations about the NON RECHARGEBLE Lithium AA,I really
    do question this statement,since i have succesfully recharged the 4 Lithium AA,s out of my
    digital Fuji HS10,using a stockstandard car AA charger,hooked up on my house battery set,
    rechargetime about two and a half hours,nothing exploded no fire and brimstone,just fully
    charged,sofar have recharged one set 3 times and another set out of a torch 2 times,have not
    noticed a alarming temp increase, the same as NiMH,there you go ,put that in you pipe and
    smoke it,someone has been telling us nonsence, try it out, Yours etc etc BertW.

  2. 2 cliffclof Nov 14th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    If you charge Lithium batteries of any kind without a special LiPo charger you run the risk of an explosion or burning your house down. LiPo batteries burn with an almost unextinguishable fire at 1800 degrees.

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