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Take 10 Minutes to Better Understand Battery Specification

Take 10 Minutes to Better Understand Battery Specification

As a rechargeable li ion battery manufacturer for years,we always try to provide the best services for our customers.For example,we will ask detailed questions,such as the discharge current,voltage,application size etc, to confirm the right battery for customers.We will also send specification documents to our customers. Sometimes customers may get confused by some items used to characterize battery nominal and maximum characteristics. This article provides an introduction to the terminology used to describe and classify battery.

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Battery Basics

1. Cell, modules, and packs

A high voltage battery pack consists of individual modules and cells organized in series and parallel. A cell is the smallest, packaged form a battery can take and is generally on the order of one to six volts. A module consists of several cells generally connected in either series or parallel. A battery pack is then assembled by connecting modules together, again either in series or parallel.

2.Battery Classifications

Not all batteries are created equal, even batteries of the same chemistry. The main trade-off in battery development is between power and energy: batteries can be either high-power or high-energy, but not both. Often manufacturers will classify batteries using these categories. Other common classifications are High Durability, meaning that the chemistry has been modified to provide higher battery life at the expense of power and energy.

3.C- and E- rates

In describing batteries, discharge current is often expressed as a C-rate in order to normalize against battery capacity, which is often very different between batteries. A C-rate is a measure of the rate at which a battery is discharged relative to its maximum capacity. A 1C rate means that the discharge current will discharge the entire battery in 1 hour. For a battery with a capacity of 10oAh, this equates to a discharge current of 100 A. A 5C rate for this battery would be 500A, and a C/2 rate would be 50 A. Similarly, an E-rate describes the discharge power. A 1E rate is the discharge power to discharge the entire battery in 1 hour.

4.Secondary and Primary Cells

Although it may not sound like it, batteries for hybrid,plug-in, and electric vehicles are all secondary batteries. A primary battery is one that can not be recharged. A secondary battery is one that is rechargeable.

Battery Condition

1.State of Charge (SOC)(%)

An expression of the present battery capacity as a percentage of maximum capacity. SOC is generally calculated using current integration to determine the change in battery capacity over time.

2.Depth of Discharge (DOD) (%)

The percentage of battery capacity that has been discharged expressed as a percentage of maximum capacity. A discharge to at least 80 % DOD is referred to as a deep discharge.

3.Terminal Voltage (V)

The voltage between the battery terminals with load applied.Terminal voltage varies with SOC and discharge/charge current.

4.Open-circuit Voltage (V)

The voltage between the battery terminals with no load applied. The open-circuit voltage depends on the battery state of charge, increasing with state of charge

5.Internal Resistance

The resistance within the battery, generally different for charging and discharging, also dependent on the battery state of charge. As internal resistance increases, the battery efficiency decreases and thermal stability is reduced as more of the charging energy is converted into heat.

Battery Technical Specifications

1.Nominal Voltage (V)

The reported or reference voltage of the battery, also sometimes thought of as the “normal” voltage of the battery

2.Cut-off  Voltage

The minimum allowable voltage. It is this voltage that generally defines the “empty” state of the battery.

3.Capacity or Nominal Capacity (Ah for a specific C-rate)

The coulometric capacity, the total Amp-hours available when the battery is discharged at a certain discharge current (specified as a C-rate) from 100 percent state-of-charge to the cut-off voltage. Capacity is calculated by multiplying the discharge current (in Amps) by the discharge time (in hours) and decreases with increasing C-rate

4.Energy or Nominal Energy (Wh (for a specific C-rate))

The “energy capacity” of the battery, the total Watt-hours available when the battery is discharged at a certain discharge current (specified as a C-rate) from 100 percent state-of-charge to the cut-off voltage. Energy is calculated by multiplying the discharge power (in Watts) by the discharge time (in hours). Like capacity, energy decreases with increasing C-rate.

5.Cycle Life (number for a specific DOD)

The number of discharge-charge cycles the battery can experience before it fails to meet specific performance criteria. Cycle life is estimated for specific charge and discharge conditions. The actual operating life of the battery is affected by the rate and depth of cycles and by other conditions such as temperature and humidity. The higher the DOD, the lower the cycle life.

6.Energy Density (Wh/L)

The nominal battery energy per unit volume, sometimes referred to as the volumetric energy density. Specific energy is a characteristic of the battery chemistry and packaging. Along with the energy consumption, it determines the battery size required to achieve a given electric range.

7.Maximum Continuous Discharge Current

The maximum current at which the battery can be discharged continuously. This limit is usually defined by the battery manufacturer in order to prevent excessive discharge rates that would damage the battery or reduce its capacity. Along with the maximum continuous power of the motor, this defines the top sustainable speed and acceleration of the vehicle

8.Maximum Discharge Pulse Current

The maximum current at which the battery can be discharged for pulses of up to 30 seconds. This limit is usually defined by the battery manufacturer in order to prevent excessive discharge rates that would damage the battery or reduce its capacity. 

9.Charge Voltage

The voltage that the battery is charged to when charged to full capacity. Charging schemes generally consist of a constant current charging until the battery voltage reaching the charge voltage, then constant voltage charging, allowing the charge current to taper until it is very small.

10.Float Voltage

The voltage at which the battery is maintained after being charge to 100 percent SOC to maintain that capacity by compensating for self-discharge of the battery

Now you may have a overall understanding of battery specifications.And this will help you purchase the suitable batteries. If you have other problems while using rechargeable li ion battery, please feel free to contact us, we would love to share more battery information with you.