14th Jan 09
lithium battery for power tools
Apogee Power has launched its nano-technology enhanced,
lithium power tool replacement batteries. Apogee's patented
LiCoO2 and C-LiFePO4 battery packs and cordless tools are
light weight and contain less environmentally dangerous
elements in comparison to other battery chemistries.
The patented Ultra-Pulse Capacitor technology enhances
the power and performance of lithium batteries. Apogee offers
line of replacement batteries to replace NiCd, NiMh and
Lead Acid batteries in cordless power tools, UPS systems,
solar, wind and other alternative energy battery systems.
The Apogee replacement batteries can be used on existing
Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh) tools.
These new battery packs can be charged using the existing
NiCd and NiMh chargers. The consumer needs no additional
equipment purchase. When the user needs to replace a NiCd
"Apogee ships a large majority tools to European customers,
with the substitution of the Apogee C-LiFePO4 replacement
battery pack we can quickly eliminate approximately 80%
of the current Cadmium waste that is a significant environmental
concern" said CTO Dr. KC Tsai of Apogee.
Apogee also designs and markets 12v up to 72v Lithium based
Fault Tolerant UPS systems, battery systems for solar photo
voltaic systems, wind and fuel cell energy storage. Apogee
lithium battery solutions offer significantly greater power,
are 75% lighter in weight and one fifth the size of there
lead acid equivalents.
Either for power tools or for hybrid electric vehicles/cars,
the only issue pending with lithium based batteries is cost.
Once the cost comes down, the demand for lithlum based batteries
will zoom. the key factor bringing success to lithium based
batteries is the avaialability of control electronics and
semiconductor devices to charge, monitor and discharge the
batteries safely. Texas Instruments, Linear tech, Maxim
and other such power supply IC vendors are indirectly driving