- Publisher: Cadex Electronics Inc; 2nd edition (Dec. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0968211828
- ISBN-13: 978-0968211823
- Package 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: 1,941,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers Paperback – 1 Dec 2001
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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 Amazon.com as it was much cheaper (including postage) and quicker to ship it direct from the USA to the UK.
Leslie Green CEng MIEE
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
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.
There are two quibbles I have with the book, one major and one minor. The major issue is that the book is terribly out of date. As such, there is no information on newer battery chemistries such as A123. There is little information on Lithium Polymer chemistries, although he does mention them as a (at that point) promising technology.
The minor quibble is that there's little here for the new hobbyist who needs to understand series/parallel construction and charging/discharging regimens for optimal battery operation. Again, because the book is so badly out of date, there's almost nothing about modern integrated circuit-based battery chargers and analyzers for consumer use, most of which have come on the market in the past 5 years or so.
The fact that the book now sells for [...], compared to 30 when it was new, is the indicator that it's time for a major overhaul. But, for [..], it was a great deal. Buy it; you'll be glad you have it on your bookshelf.