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Which technology should you choose for your single cell or pack battery?

Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-ion… Which technology should you choose for your battery?

The field of batteries is vast and constantly evolving. The most widespread rechargeable battery technologies are numerous.

ARTS Energy provides a comparative table of Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-ion, Pb technologies to help you discover the advantages and disadvantages of each and choose the most appropriate.

To find the right product for you, use a more detailed search.

At ARTS Energy we offer you a full range of rechargeable batteries. To find the product that suits you, do a more detailed search.

Technology
Nominal Voltage
+ Advantages
- Disadvantages

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)

1.2 Volts

Ni-Cd batteries are mainly used for applications with high power in a fairly wide range of temperatures, including cold.

This Nickel Cadmium technology has a “memory effect” that is sometimes inconvenient for applications. The toxicity contained in cadmium and its average useful life tend to see it gradually disappear for environmental reasons.

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

1.2 Volts

This Nickel Metal-hydride technology has a higher energy density than nickel cadmium and in particular a very favourable environmental balance. High power performance and a long useful life in wide ranges of temperature afford Ni-MH technology high potential.

To obtain the best performance, charges require more specific management. Auto-discharge of Ni-MH batteries, although progressing, is not as good as that of lithium-ion.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion)

3.6 Volts

Lithium-ion is energy intensive which means the weight and volume of your batteries can be significantly reduced. In addition the auto-discharge is very low on these products.

This Li-ion technology requires a safety circuit because it can be dangerous. In addition it is subject to stringent regulations when transporting batteries.

Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4 ou LFP)

3.2 Volts

The cycle life of lithium iron phosphate batteries is its strength. It also allows discharging at high power levels.

LiFePO4 batteries are less energy intensive than Li-ion batteries. This technology is subject to the same transport regulations.

Lead (Pb)

2 Volts

These lead acid batteries are mainly used for stationary applications due to their low cost and overall dimensions. Very durable in normal temperature ranges.

Pb batteries are bulky and heavy (weight). They have a short life at extreme temperatures (hot) and low performance in the cold.

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