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Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers Paperback – 1 Dec 2001

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  • Paperback
  • 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)
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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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By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book on Rechargeable Batteries 23 Dec. 2009
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Gotta' have it if you want to understand the world ... 27 Aug. 2015
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'Gotta' have it if you want to understand the world of batteries...even though things are moving ahead at a very rapid rate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Badly Dated. 27 Mar. 2010
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As a general reference, this volume is terrific. I learned a great deal about batteries--composition, functional properties, uses, charging/discharging regimens, etc.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Aug. 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batteries in a portable world 28 May 2009
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As a person trying to start a small battery based business I found the information in the book quite helpful.It was a little advanced in some respects for some one of my knowledge level but I learned a lot in reading it. The author was clearly trying to promote Cadex products not a bad thing,but somewhat slanted in his employers direction.
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