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Information Article about Battery Packs
As you might know, (but many consumers don’t) there’s a host of consumer electronic products in use today which are powered by battery packs instead of individual cells. But what is a battery PACK?
Here we offer you a basic text tutorial about what battery packs are for those of you who are not aware and for those of you who perhaps would like to know a little bit more than just that they exist.
Don’t let the jargon intimidate you. All a battery pack is, is a battery (single unit) that is comprised of several (2 or more) individual cells inside a casing.
The standard example we give when people ask what it is, is the 9.6 volt battery pack. It’s a battery (single unit) that is comprised of 8 individual 1.2 volt batteries inside it.
They come in many difference sizes (voltages). Some packs might hold Sub C batteries. These are often used in electric drills as an example. Other packs contain sizes such as 2/3A, 2/3AA, AA, and many, many other cell sizes. The reason battery packs came into being is that when these batteries need to be replaced, it can be as or even more expensive to replace than the price of the product they power to begin with.
This expense leads many do-it-yourselfers to want to build/re-build their own battery packs at home. They still get the same amount of power, the same total overall voltage, but instead of using separate batteries, they build a battery pack which fits perfectly into the compartment the product has that the unit came with. This task can be easily achieved by anyone who has the ability to operate a simple spot welder at home and has become the popular choice for many.
There are also those who wish to construct their own battery pack and these custom assembly jobs have in their own right, become a significant part of the battery world.
For those who prefer custom battery packs made for them, they can find assemblers on line on many sites. Be sure though, if you go this route, to find a trusted and reliable assembler who will provide exactly what you require, and be reachable to discuss the project with you before beginning.
Battery packs that contain these rechargeable batteries, will likewise, need a charger to recharge them. This means they will need a special type of charger – an actual battery pack charger.
Here, we examine the voltage aspect of battery packs. Here’s a list of various battery voltages with the corresponding amount of individual cells and their voltages, that would be needed to build an equivalent pack.
A 2.4 volt pack would require 2 cells of 1.2 volt each.
A 3.6 volt pack would require 3 cells of 1.2 volt each
A 4.8 Volt Lithium Ion pack would require 4 cells of 1.2 volt each
A 6 volt pack would require 5 cells of 1.2 volt each
A 7.2 volt pack would require 6 cells of 1.2 volts each
An 8.4 volts pack would require 7 cells of 1.2 volts each
And so on...
Different rechargeable chemistries that battery packs are made from include: Lithium Ion (LI-Ion), NiCD (Nickel Cadmium), and NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride).
If you can use battery packs and look for them online (either the purchase of the cells themselves that you will encase, or the completed packs themselves), always look for a reliable battery supplier who will be happy to provide accurate technical information for you, before you buy. Price alone, isn’t really the only factor to think about. Great service is equally important.
To the right of this information article, you’ll see our inventory of battery packs.Have a look around and if you spot what you require, simply click on it and proceed to check out. If on the other hand, you still have questions about battery packs that have not been addressed in this article, we invite you to contact us with your query. We stand ready to assist you with all the technical guidance you require about your battery pack and battery pack charger needs. That’s the MEGA difference.
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