Batteries are everywhere, here's some quick facts:
The battery business has been growing at a staggering rate
in recent times. There is an incredible amount batteries being used today, like:
cell phone battery,
the laptop battery,
Disposable batteries like the alkaline battery
and the battery for hearing aids
do not need to be recharged and are disposed when depleted.
- Batteries are
hazardous waste and should not be thrown in the trash. If thrown in the trash, they would
eventually eventually wind up in our land fills.
Each year a staggering number of new consumer devices being created each year,
with many of them needing special batteries (like the
PDA battery that is
needed for all of the new PDAs).
There are rechargeable batteries like the
the lithium battery,
require some type of
Home, industrial and commercial locations that are protected with security systems are powered by
an alarm system battery.
This is done so that the security system will work, even in a blackout. In homes many, the
power is often easily turned off from the outside circuit breaker. If the home were not
powered by a battery, the security system would be easily disabled by an intruder.
Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS), which provide power to computer systems in blackouts
and brown outs,
all must contain batteries (
APC battery ) which can be replaced.
Larger computer installations, like data centers for large corporations, often
have huge backup systems that store power in large batteries. In blackout times,
the battery power is run through a
which converts the DC electricity from the batteries into AC current,
which is what the computers run off of.
When power goes out, the
emergency light battery
will provide the power needed to light emergency exit routes.
In boats and RV's, batteries are often kept in a battery box to protect the
battery from the elements.
A motorcycle battery is
generally not kept in a battery box, like the harley davidson battery.
A jump starter, which is
used to start a car with a dead battery, contains sealed lead acid batteries.
In remote locations, a solar battery charger can be used to charge a battery or battery system. The battery
system could then be used to (through an inverter) to provide AC power to the location.
I saw that many of the distributors were too specific
in their product focus. They were trying to focus on only
one or a couple of products. So many customers with broader
needs couldn't get them all filled at the same place. There
was a need for a "one stop shop" where customer could have
all their battery/power needs filled at the same place.
The battery industry has evolved quite a bit in the last 20
years. And at the time I saw the growth potential of the
industry. I believed that a broader range of products could
be carried in a single distributorship and that that would
work out well for the customer. I could be an all around
supplier of batteries and related products and not just the
car battery supplier or a truck battery supplier.
There are rechargeable and disposable batteries. Most people are familiar
with alkaline batteries, which are a popular type of disposable battery.
They're an inexpensive form of energy. There are many types of rechargeable
battery chemistries. The order of evolution of rechargeable battery
chemistries is roughly as follows: first thereís nickel cadmium, then nickel
metal hydride. In going from nickel cadmium to nickel metal hydride, you have
roughly doubled the capacity of the battery without increasing the size or
Nickel metal hydride is now a very common form of rechargeable battery.
Thereís more chemistries out there like polymer batteries. Itís still not
widely used. It can be recharged fast and itís very, very light (it has a
high energy density ratio).
We also have conventional lead acid batteries and they come in many
different forms such as batteries for your car, truck, or boat. Lead acid
batteries can be broken down into free liquid batteries and sealed batteries.
In the free liquid batteries, the battery has an open cell that expels
gasses. They may need some maintenance from time to time like adding water
or sometimes acid. Free acid batteries are an old technology that has been
around for a hundred years or more.
Sealed lead acid batteries have become quite popular in the last 20 plus
years. They are used in many applications. They are also known as valve
regulated batteries. The electrolytes (acids) are immobilized in a gel form.
The acid is mixed with silica or other material which turns into a paste
material and a paste material goes into a cell. There is a pressure release
valve that keeps the cell pressure from building too high and also allows the
gases to recombine internally within the gel under pressure.
Another form is sealed lead
acid batteries are absorbed glass mat often referred to as AGM. In AGM
batteries the electrolyte is suspended in a sponge like fiber glass material.