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Darn those pesky exploding batteries

This week the IEEE consortium announced that it has started work on a new standard that would regulate how lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries are designed and manufactured. The standard, called IEEE P1825, will set forth a number of criteria for battery design, construction and packaging in order to avoid some of the recent incidents involving lithium batteries.

For the longest time now, lithium-based batteries have been known to give reliable service as well as being safe. Unfortunately, being produced in greater quantities today, lithium batteries have fallen by the way side in terms of quality control. Sony, one of the world's largest manufacturers of lithium batteries is currently under heavy investigation because its batteries have been involved in a number of recent fires and explosions.

Over the last several weeks, a number of manufacturers have recalled batteries that were manufactured by Sony. Just last week, Toshiba recalled 340,000 batteries which were manufactured by Sony but used in its products. A day before that, Virgin Atlantic banned any products that used either Dell or Apple batteries -- all manufactured by Sony. Interestingly, in late August Sony announced that there would be no more battery recalls for units it produced. Despite the optimism, many batteries continue to be returned to their respective manufacturers.

The IEEE is hoping to have completed standards that cover both notebook batteries as well as batteries used in mobile phones by the end of 2006.

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By RogueSpear on 9/27/2006 9:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
The pessimist in me is thinking that this "standard" is going to basically mean a set of minimum performance requirements rather than battery dimensions or shape. Things like temperature tolerances, ability to handle overages, etc.

What I would like to see is some sort of standard for the stupid transformer bricks and all the little proprietary power tip connectors.

By qdemn7 on 9/27/2006 10:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
What I would like to see is some sort of standard for the stupid transformer bricks and all the little proprietary power tip connectors.
True, but what I would REALLY like to have is a box that is a single "large" PSU that would plug into the wall and have multiple, 10 or so, jacks to plug into cords that would run to the small appliances. No more wall warts to deal with.

By lemonadesoda on 9/28/2006 5:35:34 AM , Rating: 2
I think what you are asking for is wired wall sockets with 5, 9 or 12v. Just like existing 230v (Europe) or 120v (US) wall sockets, the new system would have standard socket / standard plug to access the power lines (rated with high wattage to allow PSU free PC's) and would be installed in all new homes and offices.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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