The following is a detailed article about Standard Vs Advanced Battery Thursday Throwdown!
In this week’s edition of the Throwdown, we have two very different types of batteries: standard and advanced.
Both are great for their own purposes, but which one will give you longer life? Which type should I buy? How much money do they cost? What is the difference between them? And what does it mean if they say “rechargeable”?
To answer these questions, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of answers. Let’s get started…
What Is A Rechargable Battery?
A rechargeable battery is one that can be recharged using electricity or other sources such as a wall outlet. They come in many varieties, including nickel cadmium (NiCd), lead acid, lithium ion and others.
Recharging a NiCd battery takes approximately 4 hours. That means if you want to use your NiCd battery for 12 months straight, you’d need to charge it every four days. If you’re like most people, however, that won’t happen because you’ll probably only be able to go out once or twice a month and then not at all.
You might even forget about charging it altogether since there isn’t always an available outlet nearby when you need one. We leave it to you to determine how long your rechargeable batteries will last if you let the power run out.
With rechargeable lead acid (or SLA), charging takes 8 – 10 hours, so you probably can go up to a month between charges. If you tend to turn your battery off when not in use, it will last even longer.
The bottom line with rechargeable batteries is that if you remember to plug them in once every few weeks, they’ll be good to go and last a long time.
What Are The Advantages Of Having A Rechargeable Battery?
There are several advantages. The most obvious one is that since you don’t need to buy new batteries all the time, you save money in the long run. Additionally, rechargeable batteries offer some performance advantages as well.
Rechargeable batteries can be used more than just a couple times before they need to be replaced. This means if you need a drill for a quick job that should only last 15 minutes but ends up taking an hour, you don’t have to waste time buying batteries and can just buy a new rechargeable.
They are also made to hold their charge better than standard disposables. This means that even when they are not plugged in, they still have a lot of charge left.
Disadvantages Of A Rechargeable Battery
The main disadvantage to rechargeable batteries is that you need access to an electrical outlet in order to charge it. So if the power goes out at your home, you can’t just plug it in. This can be a real problem during a storm or other emergency situation where the power will be out for more than just a few hours.
If this concerns you, you might want to stick with disposable batteries.
What Is An Advanced Battery?
While all batteries can be considered advanced in one form or another, there are a few that stand out from the rest. These include silver oxide, lithium and nickel metal hydride (NiMH). Each has their advantages and disadvantages over the other types of batteries.
Silver-oxide is probably one of the oldest types of advanced batteries around. They were developed in the early 1900s and have been used in a wide variety of applications such as in medical equipment, cameras and even toys. They are still available today and offer about the same performance as they did back then, but are not considered to be high-tech batteries.
Lithium batteries are rapidly becoming very popular. They tend to hold their charge better than other types and can be used under extreme conditions without overheating, exploding or leaking. They are also the lightest batteries available and since they hold their charge so well, you don’t have to worry about them losing power if you don’t use them for a long time.
The disadvantage to these batteries is that they can be very dangerous if not used properly. If they are overcharged, over-discharged or exposed to high temperatures, then they can leak, burst into flame or even explode. Because of this, special care must be taken when using them.
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