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Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers [Paperback]

Isidor Buchmann , Cadex Electronics Inc.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Cadex Electronics Inc; 2nd edition (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968211828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968211823
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 18.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL READING for design engineers 28 Aug 2006
There is a tremendous amount of folklore and Old Wive's Tales concerning the care and feeding of rechargeable batteries. Since this "wisdom" can be conflicting, it is hard to know what is true and what is merely conjecture. In this book Isidor Buchmann collects personal experience and trials from military sources to produce a credible and factual account of the truth of the situation. This is based on observations of thousands of batteries and over years of times and therefore it fulfils the factual/credible aspects that one requires as a professional.

Although it is sub-titled "a handbook on rechargeable batteries for non-engineers" I feel this is an inappropriate subtitle since it is ESSENTIAL READING for design engineers involved with rechargeable battery systems.

This is already the second edition of the book and it may well be that a third edition would be appropriate soon. In recent years NiMH has virtually rendered NiCd batteries obsolete, whereas at the time of writing NiCd was apparently slightly preferable for some applications. In many respects the material could be organised slightly better in terms of the summaries of the battery chemistries. I found that I have had to highlight sections throughout the book in order to go back and cull these important points into a checklist of do's and don'ts for each battery type. Nevertheless the information is all there.

One could argue that there is slightly too much "salesmanship" going on in that the author has founded a battery analyser company and takes every opportunity to plug the company's products. This may annoy some readers. My view on this is that the author and the company are apparently pioneers of the technology and therefore deserve a bit of a plug.

I actually bought the book direct from as it was much cheaper (including postage) and quicker to ship it direct from the USA to the UK.

Leslie Green CEng MIEE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batteries in a Portable World 17 Dec 2010
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I purchased this book partly in desperation because I had obtained 2 brand new laptop batteries and neither would fully charge, they fell short by up to 8-percent of their design capacity. I wondered why. I researched the operation of these SMART batteries and the reference book most frequently recommended for further reading was, 'Batteries in a Portable World'. I had to have it because it might contain the answers to my questions. It was a gamble.

This publication is close to being a decade old and an update must be imminent. However, despite its age it does describe in sufficient detail the operating principle underpinning all the popular forms of rechargeable batteries on the market today, including: Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Lithium Ion and other specialised and more unusual batteries and their charging systems.

This is an expensive book but quite frankly I am not aware of a better one at this time. I would purchase an update if one became available because there have been developments in battery technology during the past 10 years.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point 19 July 2005
By Rich - Published on
This book is very good for those who don't understand rechargeable and want a good starting point. It covers NiCd, NiMH, Lead Acid, and the Lithium Ion batteries quite well for the beginner.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good review material, but now dated 31 Dec 2007
By F. Gary Paisley - Published on
This is a good book for the basic review of battery technologies. I (as an engineer) would have preferred more chemical and technical details, but as the title suggests, it is pretty basic, and consequently easy to understand. The fundamental problem with this book is that battery technology is rapidly evolving, and much has changed since the book was written in 2001. Maybe a third edition is forthcoming?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batteries in a Portable World 2 Sep 2006
By J. Rumens - Published on
All you have ever wanted to know and more about Batteries,

large and small.

A very comprehensive book which covers how to get the very best from your re-chargeable cells as well as the safety requirements.

If you want to understand why your electronic device battery doesn't last as long as you had hoped, then this is the book for you
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book on Rechargeable Batteries 23 Dec 2009
By Swanage Old Person - Published on
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This is an excellent book. It deals with Lead Acid, Nickel Cadmium, Nickel-Metal Hydride and Lithium batteries (Li-ion and Li-poly). There is enough on the chemistry to provide background but the main text deals with the performance of batteries at their terminals. That is where most of us deal with them. The subtitle of the book is "a handbook on rechargeable batteries for non-engineers". The contents live up to this subtitle. There is little or no maths. The explanation is in written form with graphs and tables to provide key information.

The book is authored by Isidor Buchmann of Cadex Electronics with many associate authors. A lot of the illustrations are of Cadex chargers and test equipment. Some academics might object but I found that reassuring. At least the authors know enough to stay in business.

If you want to view the content it is available on the Cadex Electronics web-site. The book is also offered at a reduced price via Amazon Canada. The delivery quoted is 4 to 6 weeks but my copy came in 10 days. My copy paid for itself several times over by allowing me to extend the life of two packs of power tools batteries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batteries in a Portable World 22 Aug 2009
By J. S. Pitchford - Published on
I think the sub title sums the book up. `A handbook on rechargeable batteries for non-engineers' and is taken from the authors company web site. Some may disagree about the use of non-engineer!
It does get technical but that's not a bad thing. Batteries are the products that seem to get forgotten about until things stop working. Then after the post mortem people tend to say `I wish I had known that, I could have done something about it'
This book gives a good basic understanding and also helps in selecting the proper battery type for the application. I found it informative.
The author does use the book to sell his companies products, I don't find this a problem but some might.
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