Battery design is constantly evolving, and although they have come a long way in recent years, consumer devices are not designed to operate in industrial environments, and vice versa. Considerable confusion exists regarding the choice of battery technologies available to both consumers and certain industries.
This means that a difference in batteries is required to power each item used in a workplace or a home, for example. You would not use standard consumer batteries in the workplace for a number of reasons, and industrial batteries would never be found in the home.
Globally, billions of batteries are manufactured each year, and they are often used in consumer devices like cell phones, flashlights, cameras, and the like. These items may use both rechargeable and non rechargeable batteries, but as many of the items with consumer batteries are quickly disposed of, most consumer grade rechargeable batteries are only required to operate for a few years with approximately 500 full recharge cycles.
Just take a look at people with mobile phone contracts. They have an expensive, high tech phone for maybe 2-3 years and then trade it in for a new one, sell it, or put it in a draw to go dusty. After a few years of use, they will often find that their mobile device holds charge less readily, and may experience other problems with the battery.
Industrial applications require more rugged batteries, and whilst Ecobat Industrial supply industrial batteries to power things like forklift trucks, electric vehicles and boats (to name just a few) they are also seen in remote, hard to reach locations. Battery replacement may be difficult or impossible in some cases, and this means that this type of battery is sometimes self-powered. Finding the ideal power management is crucial as this will result in failure for the device if not carried out correctly. Depending on the use for the battery, a failure could be a real disaster.
More About Consumer Batteries
Consumer batteries include options that will probably be familiar to you; alkaline and lithium-ion. They are mass produced and inexpensive, and many households have a pack of them in a drawer somewhere ‘just in case’. The most common type of consumer battery is alkaline cell.
This consists of zinc powder in a suspension. Alkaline batteries are often used in devices that need a constant current flow, like radios and flashlights. Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used to power rechargeable devices like laptops and phones. Neither of these batteries like the heat or cold too much, and they last a mere months or years, not decades like industrial batteries.
More About Industrial Batteries
Industrial batteries are designed to last far longer than consumer batteries, and are used in more difficult environments. They are built to withstand a number of conditions that consumer batteries would not be able to withstand. There are industrial batteries used to monitor structural stress on bridges, for example, which are hard to reach and it is imperative that they continue working for everyone’s safety. They are used to power cleaning equipment in a hostpital. They may also be used as tools in arctic climates. Utility companies use industrial batteries and they are also used in machinery like forklifts where proper maintenance and charging systems are critical.
So you can see there is a very wide range of different circumstances where industrial batteries are used, in each case the type of battery can differ. Manufactured with the end use in mind. Consumer batteries are much less complex and are mass produced in much fewer variations that their industrial counterparts.
The initial cost of an industrial battery is therefore obviously higher than a consumer battery, they are built to last much longer and are designed for constant use in differing environments. But it’s not just the manufacture that is different, industrial batteries need maintenance to ensure they keep working efficiently for as long as possible.
Find out more about Ecobat’s Industrial Battery range.