lithium-ion battery


Definition of lithium-ion battery

: a rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component of its electrolyte

Note: Lithium-ion batteries are common in portable electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop computers.

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Solid-state batteries are less likely to catch fire than lithium-ion batteries. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Electric cars could use another big battery breakthrough — this CEO says he’s got it," 16 Aug. 2018 The rubberized handle holds its lithium-ion batteries, providing 80 minutes of continuous carving. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Best Electric Knives to Carve Your Thanksgiving Bird," 13 Nov. 2018 The motor draws its energy from the lithium-ion battery tucked inconspicuously under the rear seats until the charge gets too low, then summons the four-cylinder to crank the generator. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 The helicopter contains solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries and a heating mechanism to keep it warm during frigid nights. NBC News, "NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars, marking a first for interplanetary travel," 12 May 2018 Their lithium-ion batteries—one of those technologies smartphones have greatly improved—can provide power for days. The Economist, "Sing a song of sonar," 10 Mar. 2018 There's a pair of electric motors, either side of the 95kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The coolest tech in Audi’s new e-tron electric SUV is banned in the US," 18 Sep. 2018 Demand skyrocketed with the rise of the lithium-ion batteries, raising scrutiny over who controls the world’s supplies. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Deal to Create Chinese Lithium Giant Faces Legal Challenge," 21 Oct. 2018 But the same chemistry that makes lithium-ion batteries so effective also poses a hazard. Mark Chediak,, "Boom in giant batteries hits another roadblock: Cities' fear of fire," 18 May 2018

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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