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

Isidor Buchmann
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Book Description

Manufacturers base the performance of electronic devices on a perfect battery, a condition that only exists when the battery is new. By reading Batteries in a Portable World, you will acquire a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of the battery, learn about different battery types and discover what conditions are best for a battery. The book is easy and entertaining to read and makes minimal use of technical jargon. It addresses the busy professional who needs a crash course on batteries; the engineer who searches for a battery to kick-start a product; the student who seeks answers for an academic project; as well as the everyday battery user who wants to learn how to extend the life of a battery.

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About the Author

Isidor Buchmann is the founder and CEO of Cadex Electronics Inc., a company that manufactures innovative battery test and diagnostic equipment. Active in wireless communications, Isidor has studied the behavior of rechargeable batteries in practical and everyday use. He is the founder and author of the Battery University website, has written many articles about batteries and has several books to his credit. Isidor regularly delivers technical papers around the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4450 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Cadex Electronics Inc.; 3rd edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KBB74M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for product development engineers September 15, 2011
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The Battery University web site has summaries of some of the chapters of this book. We've been using Battery University for years as a great source of information and decided to buy the book when the 3rd edition was published recently. The book covers even more than the web site and is well worth purchasing.

Although it says for non-engineers, this should probably be non-scientists or non-researchers. It is great for product design engineers to learn the pros and cons of different chemistries and the appropriate handling/charging/maintenance, and to understand failure mechanisms.

I would rate it full marks if it had more coverage of lithium based rechargeable cells. The main focus is lead and nickel, with sufficient coverage of lithium. There is reference to LiFePO4, but very light.

Overall a great read for engineers, and can't wait for the next edition which should have more info on lithium. Hopefully there will be a lot more info on LiFePO4 which is a great chemistry receiving little attention. It should receive more attention now that GM has partnered with A123.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on batteries for the layman available January 2, 2013
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Batteries in a Portable World is the 'bible' for the battery layman on all the commonly available battery technologies (lead-acid, NiCd, NiMH, Li-Ion). It also covers emerging battery technologies, and gives excellent advice on how to properly charge, discharge, and maintain batteries to achieve maximum life span. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and considerate to the non scientist. June 30, 2013
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This is a very good run down of all you might want to know about the present state of the commercial battery market - main emphasis on rechargeables. He dispels myths, and there's plenty of advice and explanation of how and why to best treat your rechargeable batteries.
I'm an Oxford Chemistry graduate who also graduated in Chemical Engineering and I learnt a fair bit.
There's no maths or complicated electrochemical graphs - most intelligent readers should find this informative.
It'd be handy to have on the shelf for reference on how best to treat different types of rechargeables.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Highly reconmended March 24, 2014
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Very good book. Highly reconmended. Easy and pleasant, well explained, easy reading but concise manner. As it is logical with Ads & Commercials of Cadex
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batteries and their charging March 19, 2014
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Thanks for many information. I would like to know more on refreshing old batteries NiMH AA. Is it effective?
The book I found out on the Internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer March 6, 2014
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Batteries are such familiar objects that we mostly take them for granted. I did too, until recently when I finally decided to learn something about what actually goes on "under the hood." After a brief search on Amazon, I turned up this book and read the reviews, which were all very positive.

This is a great intro to batteries with a focus on rechargeables. Although it says for non engineers, there's so much good general and more specialized info here on dozens of battery types and chemistries that I think both intelligent laymen and engineers will find it useful. Unless this is actually your field as an engineer, I don't think it will be too basic for you. I found the section on "exotic" new batteries still under research and development especially interesting. There are so many of these that you can't remember them all but if even one of the more promising types hits the consumer market it could be game changing since some have capabilities far beyond current batteries. It was also interesting to learn about historical batteries such as those used in the German V1 and V2 rockets during WWII. I didn't even know they had batteries despite reading a lot on them over the years.

The approach emphasizes more the electrical than the electrochemistry side, but I was fine with that since my electrical engineering is stronger than my chemistry too. There's no math, and really no formal chemistry as such, but this book will still teach you a lot about batteries and how they work.

The characteristics of each different type get discussed in detail, including their history, design, practical applications, advantages and limitations, cost and economics, future developments, and more.
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Highly recommendable to those who want to understand better what lies behind batteries principles and usage.

Concepts are clearly explained in a pleasant English, and reading never becomes boring.

A great example of science divulgation by a science professional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book to understand batteries January 13, 2014
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This book covers all conventional batteries to date. More information than most of us need but it is there if you need it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
The book has everything I wanted to know about batteries. It is very informative. The book is easy to read.
Published 6 months ago by D. James Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a new bee
To have solid bases is important even if the technology is going faster then that book. Avoir de bonne base est important meme si la technologie va plus vite que ce liver.
Published 9 months ago by olivier Fontaine
4.0 out of 5 stars All the characteristics in one place
For anyone dealing with batteries, this books gives us all the gory detail in one place. Well worth the admission.
Published 10 months ago by Dwight P. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good reference book for batteries
I am still going through the book , and will be able to comment on it later.
As a person who uses this book for my peace job of reconditioning the batteries , I would have... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gladstone Nzama
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
If you have ever wondered something about batteries - why they might not work, why they are expensive, why some are great and some are terrible, you will find answers in this great... Read more
Published 13 months ago by BlackParkeri597
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Organized
I used this research an article I wrote recently. It was very well organized and allowed me to find the answers I was looking for.
Published 13 months ago by Dean Sigler
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Glossy and preachy
Telling everyone how they must live on less, but of course not how it can be done.
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More About the Author

Isidor Buchmann is the founder and CEO of Cadex Electronics Inc. He also created

Fascinated with electronics during his school years, Isidor built a broadcast radio that ran with no power -- it required only an antenna and a ground wire (no battery needed). During his apprenticeship, he invented a fuel-powered engine based on continuous combustion. Felix Wankel, the inventor of the Wankel Rotary Engine, reviewed the drawings and theory of operation and replied that while the design was indeed unique and original, manufacturing would be too expensive for commercialization.

After graduation, Isidor left the farm in Switzerland where he grew up and immigrated to Canada to pursue a career in electronics. When the anticipated job opportunities did not materialize as expected, he pooled his savings and started his a company. In a small room at his house he worked on product developments long into the night while raising a large family.

Isidor envisioned the business model while working at General Electric. NiCd batteries caused many failures, and while repairing two-way radios he discovered a way to rejuvenate them. He developed a battery analyzer that featured the proprietary "recondition" program. To prevent a conflict of interest, Isidor quit his job at GE to devote his full time to the company. The early 1980s were challenging but with perseverance, Cadex eventually flourished.

Isidor knew early on that manufacturing battery analyzers to reverse "memory" had a limited market, and in 2000 Cadex he began researching battery rapid testing. The development secured several key patents and established a leading position for Cadex in the field of advanced battery analysis.
Realizing the growing importance of batteries and the need for practical hands-on battery knowledge, Isidor began writing articles that appeared in over 200 trade magazines. He earned a writer's award and many articles were translated for global publication. As founder of Cadex, Isidor had the opportunity to present his papers at conferences around the world.

Isidor's first book entitled Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers was published in 1997. He added new material and released the second edition in 2001. When associates asked him to update the information, Isidor obliged and the third edition was published in 2011.

Isidor wanted to share his battery knowledge and he condensed Batteries in a Portable World into short, easy-to-read essays for web use. Today, is an important teaching tool for engineers, academia, media and ordinary battery users. Available since January 2003 and continuously updated, the website addresses battery chemistries, discovers best choice of batteries for a given application, and suggests ways to make them last longer. Isidor is the father of five grown children and lives in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.

Isidor and his team at Cadex welcome your questions about batteries and suggestions for We can be reached at

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