Some Things You Need to Know
About Battery Technology and Trade Shows
When you were growing up, the biggest piece of information you needed to know when you were going to buy a battery was if the cell size was AA, 9 Volt, C or D. As with most things, that is not the case today! Technology continues to expand at rapid levels, and the area of battery technology is no exception.
What do I need to know to determine the size and type of battery I need?
Is the transportation of batteries regulated?
In particular, there are strict regulations on the transportation of lithium ion battery technology. Most lithium ion types of batteries of the size needed to power equipment at a trade show are prohibited from being shipped by air due to these strict shipping regulations. Please consult your carrier for their exact regulations – for example, UPS regulations for the U.S. can be found at:
As a result, if air shipments are involved, then one may turn to another battery technology like nickel metal hydride battery technology as the solution.
Are there levels of safety associated with batteries?
Knowing the above information, DS&L then turns to its application engineering team which does its calculations to determine the proper size and type of battery needed for the project. Many vendors simply take the battery cells to be used, place a connector on the end of the battery pack and put some shrink wrap around the cells. This is not the safe way to package batteries. As a result, DS&L has its batteries encased in a metal can. Wires with quality connectors and strain reliefs are added to the units, as well as mechanism to shut the batteries down in the event that they overheat in the recharging process. These are extra steps and cost a little more money, but ultimately provide a safer product for use in venues.
What to Remember
One battery solution does not fit every application! Sometimes, batteries are not even the right solution. As with most technologies, consult with an expert who can properly advise you on battery technology and your choices.