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Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers, Second Edition Paperback – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cadex Electronics Inc; 2nd edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968211828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968211823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Isidor Buchmann is the founder and CEO of Cadex Electronics Inc. Active in wireless communications for many years, Mr. Buchmann has studied the behaviour of rechargeable batteries in practical, every day applications. The author of many articles on battery maintenance technology, Mr. Buchmann is a well-known speaker who has delivered technical papers and presentations at seminars and conferences throughout the world.

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I found the book informative and concise!
Darrell
You will do your customer a great service to know the value of each battery, when to use, and how to maintenance each one.
M. Fick
Very helpful overview of rechargable batteries used in everyday life.
J. Windus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rich on July 19, 2005
This book is very good for those who don't understand rechargeable and want a good starting point. It covers NiCd, NiMH, Lead Acid, and the Lithium Ion batteries quite well for the beginner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Gary Paisley on December 30, 2007
This is a good book for the basic review of battery technologies. I (as an engineer) would have preferred more chemical and technical details, but as the title suggests, it is pretty basic, and consequently easy to understand. The fundamental problem with this book is that battery technology is rapidly evolving, and much has changed since the book was written in 2001. Maybe a third edition is forthcoming?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Rumens on September 2, 2006
All you have ever wanted to know and more about Batteries,

large and small.

A very comprehensive book which covers how to get the very best from your re-chargeable cells as well as the safety requirements.

If you want to understand why your electronic device battery doesn't last as long as you had hoped, then this is the book for you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Swanage Old Person on December 23, 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Pitchford on August 22, 2009
I think the sub title sums the book up. `A handbook on rechargeable batteries for non-engineers' and is taken from the authors company web site. Some may disagree about the use of non-engineer!
It does get technical but that's not a bad thing. Batteries are the products that seem to get forgotten about until things stop working. Then after the post mortem people tend to say `I wish I had known that, I could have done something about it'
This book gives a good basic understanding and also helps in selecting the proper battery type for the application. I found it informative.
The author does use the book to sell his companies products, I don't find this a problem but some might.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James G. Thomas on December 25, 2007
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A well written book. This can be a rather dry subject but the author gives just the right amount of information to keep the readers interest. I have become the "battery expert" at work and in the local amateur radio community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By unknown1212 on March 21, 2011
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a good book if you want dont care about learning in depth the subject. there are much better books for this reason but at a much higher price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Caruso on August 30, 2010
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Batteries changing so fast the material although very good is also data. It was worth the money to me as I am trying to learn about batteries.
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