Glossary Definition for Lithium-ion batteries

Glossary Term: Lithium-ion batteries 

Definition

Lithium and lithium-ion: A number of battery chemistries are based on the element lithium, a highly-reactive metallic element. Lithium-based batteries are common in two applications: Power for portable equipment such as cell phones, laptops, and MP3 players; and low-power, long-life applications such as powering memory elements and clocks.

Lithium-ion (Li+, Li-Ion, Lion) cells are generally used as power sources for portable equipment. They are usually rechargeable. Lithium-ion and nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) have displaced nickel-cadmium (NiCd or nicad) as the dominant rechargeable chemistry for portable applications. Maxim makes a wide range of battery management products for all these families, including chargers, fuel gauges, and smart battery components.

Lithium batteries are typically coin-shaped and are used to power items such as Maxim's non-volatile static RAM (NV SRAM) and timekeeping circuits (such as real-time clocks).

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Synonyms
  • Li-po
  • Lion
  • Lithium Ion
  • Li-Ion
  • Lithium-Ion
  • Li+
  • Li-poly
  • Lipo
  • Lithium-ion polymer

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