lithium-ion battery

noun

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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But lithium-ion batteries definitely prefer a slow and steady input. David Nield, WIRED, "How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery," 25 Aug. 2019 The Kommersant newspaper reported that a lithium-ion battery may have sparked a fire on the vessel. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Russia hold funerals for five nuclear workers who died in missile explosion," 12 Aug. 2019 The best lithium-ion batteries top out at 265 watt-hours per kilogram, which is nowhere near enough get an airliner across the Pacific. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 But as efficiency and reliability have improved, and manufacturing costs have tumbled, lithium-ion batteries have surged. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid," 1 July 2019 This is far from the first time faulty lithium-ion batteries have led to recalls. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple introduces a recall program for some MacBook Pro laptops with faulty batteries," 20 June 2019 This fuselage is packed with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that not only turn the two mighty rotors, but also provide heat to protect the copter’s electronics when nighttime temperatures dip to minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 In this case, the front wheels are going to be driven by a 181hp (135kW), 199lb-ft (270Nm) electric motor, powered by a 32.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The electric Mini is going into production; deliveries start early 2020," 9 July 2019 The root of the problem: volatile lithium-ion batteries sealed inside our favorite electronics from Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and more. Anchorage Daily News, "The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones and other gadgets: They catch fire.," 12 Sep. 2018

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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