Why do we need to customize lithium batteries? You may think that the cost of customization is relatively high, but the existing batteries have many limitations, which can only satisfy individual consumers. For industrial applications, battery packs must work in a very specific way, meet specific measurement standards or meet other highly accurate requirements. In this case, custom-designed battery packs are usually required.
Therefore, in this article, we will discuss the advantages of customized batteries, what you need to pay attention to and how it creates value for you.
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Advantages of Customized Batteries
Break through the limitations of existing products
The batteries of most portable electronic devices and wearable devices are complex and have some specific requirements for shape, size, durability, discharge rate and other functions. Of course, we (consumers) all want light and durable electronic equipment. Different types of batteries and technologies can meet more requirements of wearable devices.
Currently the most popular in wearable devices are lithium ion (Li-ion) and lithium ion polymer (LiPo, Li-Po, LIP, Li-poly) batteries. Small lithium ion polymer batteries or LiCoin rechargeable batteries are Most use.
Wearable devices that we often encounter every day (such as headsets, VR, smart watches, smart rings, etc.) can customize the shape of the battery to optimize the space, size and weight of the product. The curved lithium polymer battery in the special-shaped battery series.
The curved ribbon battery can be installed in the endless belt, and has the characteristics of large capacity and low self-discharge, which allows it to maintain a longer execution time and solves the capacity problem of wearable devices.
In order to meet the design and function, the battery should also be designed into different shapes to fill the space of the product. For battery manufacturers, the shape and size of the battery are customized according to their specific needs, and the accuracy of the sculpture will continue to improve. Therefore, customized batteries can maximize the use of product space and help customers break through the limitations of existing products.
Targeted customization according to needs
Why do you need a customized battery? Because each product has its own special functions and environmental conditions, when conventional batteries cannot meet customer needs, we need to provide customized battery solutions.
For example, customers need low-temperature batteries that can release high current in a short period of time in a low-temperature environment (cold outdoor environment near -25 to -40°C); and allow continuous output at 11.1V at -40°C. Under the protection of the management system (BMS), 3A discharge is achieved in a few seconds. As we all know, low temperature will affect the discharge current and capacity of the battery. At present, most low-temperature battery products on the market can only be charged and discharged at a temperature of about -20°C. Obviously, the existing battery cannot meet the needs of customers and may not be suitable in size. Therefore, our engineers are required to customize the battery for customers.
Except temperature, what else can be customized? There are 6 functions as follows:
When providing customers with customized battery solutions, their requirements are related to their unique product design. Regardless of the battery’s specifications, dimensions and application areas, this is the customer’s trade secret. Therefore, most of its information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be disclosed until the client’s approval is obtained.
Lower the Cost
You might think that the price of custom batteries is higher, but this is not entirely true. There are various 3C products on the market, and they all have their own patents and designs. Therefore, the battery must be perfectly matched to the product. If the shape or size of the battery is not suitable, the company needs to adjust the product design to adapt to the battery, thereby modifying or even redesigning the product, which increases the customer’s time and money costs, because designing a product is much more complicated than designing a battery. It can be seen that the customized battery not only makes the product more versatile, but also improves the efficiency of launching new products and reduces the total cost.
In addition to the purchase cost, some additional costs before and after the sale are also considered, such as battery design, research and development, after-sales transportation costs, technical support, and maintenance and warranty. It can be said that an international battery company will cooperate with SMEs and local distributors around the world, they can be closer to customers and provide support, so it is easier to deliver batteries directly to customers. It can be seen that customized solutions can reduce unnecessary costs of products and services, and can focus resources on more competitive and valuable works.
If you want to buy a long-term battery, you should consider the long-term cost. The battery’s service life, service life, storage safety, and future maintenance costs should be compared with the cost. For example, lead-acid batteries and LiFePO4 batteries, the material cost of lead-acid batteries is lower, so the purchase cost is lower, but its performance and life are far less than LiFePO4 batteries. Under the same size comparison, LiFePO4 battery has higher capacity and longer service life, whether it is high temperature resistance or low temperature resistance, it is safe and environmentally friendly. Although the upfront cost of LiFePO4 batteries is relatively high, maintenance costs and replacement costs are eliminated. Suppose we compare the total cost of the LiFePO4 battery we have with three equivalent-sized ready-made lead-acid battery technologies. In the long run, the average cycle cost of lithium iron phosphate batteries is lower. These cost savings make it more valuable than lead-acid batteries and thus more suitable for long-term purchases.
Which battery is more suitable for your product?
There are many kinds of batteries, such as lead-acid batteries, lithium iron phosphate(LiFePO4) batteries, lithium ion batteries, lithium polymer batteries, and so on. Not every battery can provide the same performance in every application, so it is important to determine which battery best suits your needs. As I mentioned before, lead-acid (LA) batteries are economical, but there are many complicated long-term costs, such as replacement and maintenance costs.
Therefore, the battery company will play an important role in this situation, providing specific battery solutions for the custom voltage or capacity you may need, and providing the right battery for your application.
When you decide to customize a battery, if you can provide comprehensive information to the battery factory, it will not only improve efficiency, but also help improve product performance.
If customers require, customized batteries can also be packaged on demand. Most of the packed batteries are equipped with protective plates, wires, plugs, casings, etc. For example, RC Car battery, and may need to add communication protocol, such as car battery. These products use polymer lithium batteries involving high current, housing and different colors. Detailed requirements expression and parameter requirements can reduce many unnecessary errors.
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