Change-log of “Batteries in a Portable World,” 4th edition: Chapters 4 - 10

The 4th edition of Batteries in a Portable World contains large volumes of firsthand information that is not available in the 3rd edition of the book with same title. The 4th edition would have grown beyond 360 pages had the layout not been tightened and some text removed and condensed. To examine topics of interest, the author checked traffic on BatteryUniversity.com and found constructive pointers. The most visited webpages are [1] How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries, [2] Charging Lithium-ion, [3] Charging Lead Acid, [4] Serial and Parallel Configurations, and [5] Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM).

All chapters were updated and the number of tables and figures was increased from 173 in the previous version to 248. The 3rd edition has 318 pages; the 4th edition is at 360. The table below lists the “must have” content that is relevant today and is not present in the 3rd edition. Chapters 1 - 3 can be found here.
 

Chapter 4 – Charge Methods

129

Ultra-fast Charging

Limitations when cold and aged

152

Charging from a USB Port

Power delivery, USB 3.1, Type-C, future direction

154

Charging Without Wires

Types of wireless charging, advancements, limitations

160

How to Store Renewable Energy in a Battery

Use of battery types, economics, system aging

Chapter 5 – Discharge Methods

165

Basics About Discharging

Comparing a battery, supercapacitor and compressed air

168

Discharge Characteristics of Li-ion

Performance characteristics of Energy and Power Cells

172

Ragone Plot

Energy, power and time comparison

174

How to Verify Sufficient Battery Capacity

Worst-case scenario in capacity reserve and battery fade

Chapter 6 – Smart Battery

182

Calibration

Explaining “max error” and how to correct it

185

Processing Data from a Smart Battery

State-of-function at a glance with the Fishbowl icon

Chapter 7 – From Birth to Retirement

191

Priming lead acid, nickel-based, lithium-ion and non-rechargeable lithium batteries

Formatting lead acid, priming NiCd and NiMH; removing passivation layer of lithium batteries

196

How to Store Batteries

How to do it right; checking voltage references

198

Health concerns with lead, sulfuric acid, cadmium and other ingredients

Caution when handling open or damaged batteries

204

Shipping Lithium-based Batteries by Air

Packaging instructions 965, 966, 967, 968, 969 and 970

209

How to recycle lead acid, NiCd, NiMH, primary lithium and alkaline batteries

User obligations and exceptions with small quantities

212

Battery Recycling as a Business

Yields and limitations of different battery systems

Chapter 8 – How to Extend Battery Life

224

Elevated Self-discharge

Parallel of battery damage and elevated self-discharge

228

Restoring batteries for portable, wheeled mobility, starter and stationary uses

Methods and yields; knowing how to sort good and bad packs to make it worth while

249

What Causes Lithium-ion to Age?

Checking cycle count, temperature and voltage levels

253

How to Awaken an Over-discharged Li-ion

When to boost and when to avoid it for safety reasons

255

Coulombic Efficiency

Shorten longevity tests from years to weeks

Chapter 9 – Testing and Monitoring

261

Fundamentals of Battery Testing

Observing capacity, resistance and self-discharge

268

How to Measure CCA

Standards and rest results of good and bad batteries

281

Testing Lithium-based Batteries

Frequency and Nyquist scan of good and bad packs

283

Battery Management System

Adding capacity estimation to voltage and current sense

Chapter 10 – Amazing Value of a Battery

304

Grid Storage

Cost comparison also with flywheel, underwater balloon

305

Electric Powertrain

Battery performance in HEV, PHEV and EV

316

Charging an Electric Vehicle

Level 1, 2 and 3 charging, standards, voltages, times

328

Working Towards Sustainability

Private transportation, then, today and in the future

Chapters 1 - 3 can be found here.

Last updated 2016-07-22
 

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