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Great reference for product development engineers,
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This review is from: Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers, Third Edition (Paperback)
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.